Despite facing numerous challenges throughout the year the MTE team managed to pull off 26 successful exhibitions in 2022. From Cullinan to Kalumbila, Mining Travelling Exhibitions has brought marketing flair and business excellence to just about every corner of the SADC region. We don’t intend to slow down either, starting in 2023 we have some exciting new locations to add to the growing repertoire of MTE annual destinations. In fact, we have already started planning for 2024, but more will be revealed on that front as the year progresses so stay tuned.
After the economic setbacks caused by the 2020 Covid-19 lockdown it has been a breath of fresh air to be doing business face to face again. This sentiment has been shared by our exhibitors, who have reported that business is recovering nicely and that the expos have been beneficial for them. Andrew Macnamara, operations director, says that 2022 has been a bumper year for the company with numerous success stories to look back on.
The year got off to a great start, with our first show taking place in Cullinan at the Community Sports Centre. At the time, strict pandemic regulations were still in place and so all of our shows for the first Quarter were held according to these standards, with mandatory mask wearing and social distancing being enforced. Centred around the diamond mining industry, Cullinan kicked off the year with an optimistic energy.
MTE services the wider SADC region and our over-border shows are always highly anticipated. One such calendar highlight is our Botswana triple showcase, with shows taking place in Palapye, Jwaneng and Letlhakane. Botswana is an extremely stable country with one of the fastest growing economies in the world and our three MTE expos did not disappoint in terms of fostering new business interactions. We look forward to returning in 2023!
This year one of the most productive trips the team organised has to be our Northern Cape triple showcase. Starting off in Hotazel, the team conquered the ‘hot as hell’ weather to deliver an extremely effective show which was well received with attendees emphatically reporting that they had established many new contacts in the industry. This was followed by the Kathu Golf Day – a chance for some of our Northern Cape exhibitors to relax and enjoy some friendly competition while engaging in networking and the establishing of potentially fruitful business connections. All twenty 4-ball teams competed with enthusiasm and spirits were jovial the whole day, with victory eventually going to SGS South Africa. Finally, our Kathu expo was also very profitable and definitely a show to remember.
2022 was the first time MTE has had an exhibition at the Sappi SAICCOR Mill, with an exhibition catering to the paper and pulp industry. Surrounded by lush green mountainsides and blessed with pleasant weather, this was a great backdrop for fruitful networking between our exhibitors and the mill’s staff and management.
Steelpoort is one of the areas MTE has maintained a particularly close relationship with and so we were quite eager to return there for yet another fantastic high impact event. Taking place on 13 October at the Winterveld Rec Club, it was a particularly hot day but that did not stop MTE from delivering another great show with positive feedback from all parties involved.
Another over-border excursion which was organised by MTE was our Zambia triple showcase, with Kalumbila, Solwezi and Kitwe as our destinations. Many of our exhibitors have expressed interest in establishing additional business contacts in the region and we can’t wait to return in 2023 for another brilliant trip.
We ended off the year on a high note with the Lephalale show, which was a fantastic success. While there was some rain during the build-up, the weather cleared and by the time the show started it was a clear blue sky. Plenty of visitors came to the event, 304 in all, and great support was shown in particular from the local power stations with many people curious about the innovative technologies on display. Among these were some key decision makers, including engineering managers, mechanical maintenance managers, senior engineers, master electricians, site managers, managing directors and mechanical supervisors.
In conclusion, this was a fantastic year for MTE exhibitions and our famous yellow and orange tents travelled far and wide to bring the latest innovative products and technologies to some of the top mining operations in the SADC region. Our proven face-to-face high impact business model has provided high quality networking opportunities to our clients and we intend to make 2023 even more rewarding.