The port and industrial city of Richards Bay has seen phenomenal growth over the past decade. The future looks bright with additional expansions in the pipeline – at the port itself, and at one of the mining operations.

With the weather as good as it gets in Richards Bay, MTE Exhibitions took their annual roadshow to town on the 10th of June 2021, accompanied by more than 50 suppliers, who showcased their high-quality products and services in a Covid-19 safe environment where sanitising and social-distancing have become part of the MTE fabric.

MTE Richards Bay Mining & Industrial Exhibition. Photo By: MTE Expos

MTE Richards Bay Mining & Industrial Exhibition. Photo By: MTE Expos

MTE Exhibitions recorded close to 180 visitors from the mining industry, the Richards Bay Port and terminals, and from the sugar, paper and pulp industries – all of which have a significant presence in the northern parts of KwaZulu-Natal.

The mood was upbeat and jovial with a clear appreciation of face-to-face networking after months of Covid-19-induced lockdowns. Live demos by Pferd and Tru-Trac Rollers created excitement and contributed to an overall optimistic atmosphere as both exhibitors and visitors looked forward to a better second quarter of the year compared to 2020.

The mining industry had an exceptional run over the last year and a half, as metal and mineral prices continued heading north after the pandemic, and with a supply deficit for most commodities looming.

Richards Bay has historically been fertile ground for MTE Exhibitions and their cohorts, and this year has been no exception. The show was once again successful in introducing those in the various industries to specific solutions for their needs, made possible by MTE’s networking platform capabilities.