Reed Mining Events will stage its flagship Asia-Pacific International Mining Exhibition (AIMEX) again in Sydney during August next year. The company says overwhelming industry demand has led to the decision to return the exhibition two years ahead of its scheduled place on the global mining event calendar in 2015.

AIMEX has been held every four years since the 1970s and is now regarded as the largest mining exhibition in the Asia-Pacific region. The September 2011 exhibition broke all records with 17,382 visitors and 638 exhibitors attending over the four-day event.

Reed’s exhibition director Paul Baker says the decision to move AIMEX to a two-year cycle followed a survey of key visitors and exhibitors which revealed overwhelming demand for a more frequent show. “According to suppliers and senior managers in Australia’s mining industry, there are compelling reasons for this industry-leading exhibition to be held on a two-year cycle.

“There is a current high level of growth in the mining industry and mining companies need to keep fully up to date with the latest trends and developments in equipment. There is also the fast-changing nature of the industry and technology, along with large numbers of newcomers to the industry who find an event such as AIMEX an ideal way to learn a lot about the industry in a concentrated time and location,” he says.

Other leading mining exhibitions, including the Electra Mining Africa conference and Chile’s Expomin, are held on a biennial basis.

Paul Baker says AIMEX is an internationally recognized platform for showcasing the latest in mining technology, equipment and services, offering leading suppliers and buyers the opportunity of face to face business and networking with industry colleagues.

The lead-up to the 2013 event will begin this year, with Reed organizing the Queensland Mining & Engineering (QME) exhibition in Mackay in July, the NSW Mining & Engineering forum in Newcastle in August, the Mining & Engineering Indonesia held in Jakarta in October and the Goldfields Mining Expo (GME) in Kalgoorlie in November.