Please note AIMEX 2021 has been cancelled due to Covid-19 impacts and the next event is being planned for 2023.

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Regional capability on show as Mackay METS innovators head to Perth for Austmine 2021 (May 26th, 2021)

A taste of the ingenuity from Mackay’s engineering, industrial and technology sector is currently on show in Perth this week as part of the Austmine 2021 Conference and Exhibition.

A contingent of local METS businesses and industry representatives are attending the event as part of the Resource Industry Network’s Mackay Engineering, Industrial and Technology Hub stand.

Austmine 2021 is one of the first major face-to-face conferences for the sector in more than 12 months and brings the latest in mining innovation to industry.

Mackay METS businesses showcasing their innovations at the event include Diacon Australia, East West Lighting, and M&P Services.

Resource Industry Network general manager Dean Kirkwood said the Perth event was another opportunity for Mackay’s METS businesses to demonstrate their innovative prowess.

“We haven’t been able to do this for more than 12 months, so it is great to be back showcasing the region’s impressive capability.

“Mackay is a leading global METS hub with world-class innovations. The Austmine event allows us to raise more awareness of our extensive capabilities and capacity as a sector, as well as show off specific individual innovations from local METS businesses.

“The Austmine 2021 event is one of two national showcases that Resource Industry Network will be participating in during 2021. The other event will be AIMEX in Sydney in November, so if there are any other businesses interested in participating, they should contact us soon.

“We are also spreading the word about the exceptional Resources Centre of Excellence facility and our newly-launched METS HQ platform, which is an online digital platform that provides a one-stop-shop for buyers globally to search and locate products and services from the region,” Mr Kirkwood added.

The initiative has been made possible with funding from the Mackay Regional Council and the MIW SME METS Export Hub.

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Attending Austmine 2021 in Perth this week are from left, Jed Guley and Graeme Fletcher from M&P Services, Resource Industry Network general manager Dean Kirkwood, East West Lighting director Lance Walk, and Diacon Australia managing director Brendan Refalo.