The Winterveld Rec Club in Steelpoort was a-buzz with activity on Thursday, 7 October 2021 when Mining and Technical Exhibitions (MTE) returned to the area rich in platinum and chrome reserves with their high impact expo. It was a successful day for both decision makers from the local mines looking for solutions, as well as suppliers looking to share innovations with the local mining operations.
The expo boasted 63 exhibitor stands ranging from an actual analytical chemistry laboratory specialising in geochemical and metallurgical analyses to water solutions for the mines. The production manager from a local smelter in the area mentioned to African Mining that the benefit of this show for him was the fact that so many suppliers could be seen in one day, many of whom do not have fixed bases in the Steelpoort area.
The Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) sponsored 6 stands for local SMES in support of local business, offering these entrepreneurs an opportunity for targeted exposure in the Sekhukhune area. The SMES were very positive about the networking that transpired on the day.
There was a steady flow of visitors throughout the day, with 220 in total, from senior mechanical supervisors to mine managers, production managers and engineers. MTE operations director, Andrew Macnamara, commented that feedback from suppliers was extremely positive, saying that the past three MTE expos since the government opened up gatherings to 500 have been major successes and that he looks forward to taking MTE to Lephalale on 21 October 2021 with a focus on coal mining and power generation innovations.
Demo 1: PFERD Demo
Sampie Hearn, Applications Specialist & Marius Steyn, Training Manager
Demo 2: A.M. Jenton Services
Marco Du Plessis, Marketing Manager