MTE is making its ‘orange and yellow’ mark in the South African mining and industrial sectors – in the power industry and across all major mining commodities – in a big way in its thirtieth year of business, and the business plans to take you, its valued supplier, with it. June was a bumper month and saw MTE and supplier innovation hit Richards Bay in a port of call with a difference and breaking previous visitor and exhibitor records at SAPPI SAICCOR in KZN, ending up in Limpopo at Phalaborwa, with once again, record numbers of visitors.

SAICCOR smashes previous records

This show, hosted on 6 June, was specifically aimed at meeting the needs of the paper and pulp sector, and in this regard, MTE was pleased to see that the support from the SAPPI SAICCOR operation was the best they have ever seen, with 472 staff members coming through to see the products and services on offer by the 46 registered suppliers present. Thanks to a great marketing campaign leading up to the event combined with perfect, sunny weather on the day, the expo saw a visit from the operation’s general manager, engineering manager, production and maintenance managers as well as many supervisors from the plant. With automation top of mind at the mill, instrumentation was the order of the day.

A selection of photos from the SAPPI SAICCOR Technical Exhibition. Image credit: ©Mining and Technical Exhibitions

A port of call with a difference

The Richards Bay Mining & Industrial Expo is a port of call with a difference for MTE – annually diverse industries converge here where the common ground is ‘moving parts’ and industrial process with efficiencies and safety top of mind.

 MTE’s agile business concept is showcased at this expo particularly well as the expo is tailored to meet the needs of the company’s most varied audience. Richards Bay has grown into a vibrant, modern port city and economy with a highly developed industrial base, and this is why MTE has hosted an annual industrial expo here since 2010. The surrounding mining industry and smelters; the agricultural sector and sugar milling in Empangeni in particular; the Richards Bay harbour and coal terminal (the largest coal export facility in Africa); and the paper and pulp sector – all converge here creating a hive of industrial activity in need of constant innovative solutions for the ever-evolving environment.

MTE targets a cross section of commodities and visitors here, creating a forum for suppliers of innovations in moving parts that make up the ‘wheels and cogs’ for any processing plant. Key players in industries ranging from the coal sector to sand dune mining and heavy mineral sands extraction and refining; global road, rail, sea and air commodity importers and exporters as well as specialised services and logistics across trade corridors; aluminium smelters to paper and pulp plants and OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturers) visited the expo on 8 June to discuss their challenges and find solutions in the array of 62 suppliers offering maintenance solutions and efficiency and safety in technology like pumps, valves, conveyors and generic industrial supplies. Just some of the designations of the 175 visitors who attended, were EXCO members, engineers, smelter manager, final product manager, section managers, C & I manager and superintendents. Again, instrumentation was well supported.

Another successful day was had at the Richards Bay Mining & Industrial Expo. Image credit: ©Mining and Technical Exhibitions

Phalaborwa – intimate and powerful

Although this was a small and intimate expo, targeting the specific needs of PMC, Palabora Mine Company, comprising a 31-exhibitor presence, Andrew Macnamara, Operations Director at MTE said, “We had overwhelming support from the PMC and Foskor operations.  Weather played ball, as it is normally very hot in Phalaborwa, and on 22 June it was cool and pleasant.  Visitors ranged from general managers, chief engineer, maintenance managers, engineering managers, smelter managers to mining and production managers, with lots of supervisory staff from all disciplines too – so a fantastic day!

“We aim to keep up the pace going forward into 2023, so if you want a piece of the action, you had best book your place to ensure your business can also benefit from our ability to connect solutions providers with those who need their products and services most.”

For more information about upcoming shows and how to get registered, contact one of our dedicated salespeople:
Sheldon Greybe: +27 (0)84 569 3516 |
Cathylene Labuschagne: +27 (0)11 579 4940 |

A snippet of the PMC Business News Flyer: MTE, Mining and Industrial Exhibition, 22 June 2023 Collage. The flyer went out to all PMC staff in celebration of a successful day had by all. Credit: © PMC

A snippet of the PMC Business News Flyer: MTE, Mining and Industrial Exhibition, 22 June 2023 Collage. The flyer went out to all PMC staff in celebration of a successful day had by all. Credit: ©PMC