The Lephalale Mining & Industrial Exhibition, Incorporating Power Stations took place on Thursday 21 October at the Mogol Club and boasted 33 top-notch supplier stands offering solutions to just over 190 visitors on the day.

Decision makers from the Grootegeluk Coal Mine and the local Matimba and Medupi Power Stations – ranging from site managers, to engineers, to heads of mining and power station production managers – experienced the high-tech innovations showcased this year.

Peter Booysen, business development manager at Bilfinger Intervalve Africa, having exhibited at many MTE shows as a supplier to the industry, said: “The expo was very well attended, across the spectrum of disciplines, from both the mining and power industry.” The company offers a wide range of engineering, manufacturing, pre-fabrication, construction, and maintenance services to the power industry. Booysen also noted that it was encouraging to see students visiting the show, looking for opportunities to enter the industry.

Sales consultant, Jacques Tait, from Nordland Lighting noted, “The show was really worthwhile,” emphasising that one could not put a price to the kind of brand exposure one benefits from at an event such as the MTE shows. Nordland Lighting designs a wide range of lighting solutions which are locally manufactured to international safety and performance standards for hazardous, mining, and industrial applications. He pointed out that the show gave him an opportunity to address some misconceptions in the industry and inform end-users around safer options when it comes to emergency lighting.

The Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) sponsored two stands for local SMEs in support of local business, offering these entrepreneurs an opportunity for targeted exposure in the area.

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