Taking place from 12-13 May at the Kitwe Showgrounds in Zambia, the third edition of the Copperbelt Mining Trade Expo and Conference (CBM-TEC) will give visitors the opportunity to engage with over 130 leading local and international exhibitors. Unveiling innovative solutions, latest products and cutting-edge technology, the trade expo will enable visitors to see product offerings from companies such as Putzmeister, Manitou, BMG, Tenova, Becker Mining, Afrope, Powermite, Schneider, Cummins, Status Hi-Tech, Fire Kings, Netstar and many others.
At this year’s new and larger venue, the extended outdoor space will accommodate bigger equipment and more global mining brands with interactive displays and live product demonstrations. “The outdoor setting will allow visitors to touch, test and compare the products and equipment that exhibitors are displaying,” says event director of CBM-TEC Nicole Smith. “This will better enable visitors to make informed investment decisions in new mining equipment.”
“We have also introduced a Power and Water Pavilion this year as both power and water are critical elements in mining operations,” says Smith. “The Power Pavilion will cover all aspects of power including generation, transmission and distribution, sustainable energy and application, which will help mining producers solve their electricity supply issues cost effectively,” explained Smith. “Leading power suppliers and water filtration experts will showcase new products, services, technology and solutions to the Zambian market.”
Exhibitors excited about the opportunity CBM-TEC presents
Speaking to Iain Anderson-Slight, Managing Director of EC Mining (ECM) who will be exhibiting at this year’s CBM-TEC, he says that although the current market is tough, ECM remains very optimistic and positive about the second half of 2016. ECM specialises in electrical, pumps, mechanical equipment, drilling, engineering and repair works.
“We have been doing business in Zambia for 23 years and it has given us immense opportunities,” says Anderson-Slight. “One of our most recent projects in Zambia was the supply and installation of the 2 x 70 ton winder house cranes at Mopani Mindola and Mufulira sites for the new shaft project and eight drill rigs for FQM. We will be launching our new range of drilling consumables at CBM-TEC and there will be live demonstrations of our product range and much more,” he says.
Ian Smith, Country Manager at Bearing Man Group Zambia Ltd (BMG) says that although the market conditions are very frustrating at the moment due to the weak copper price, electricity problems, power outages and other issues, their vast stock holding, knowledge of their product range and world class products keep them competitive in the market. “We aim to grow, support and be part of the Zambian copper mining process,” says Smith. “Due to the great success and organisation of previous shows, BMG has been able to promote new product ranges and product awareness. We will be focusing on making Zambia and all its current challenges positive, with inclusivity and open forums of all market sectors.”
Wyllie Pearson, Executive Director of Murray & Roberts Zambia says the company vision is that by 2020 Murray & Roberts will be the leading diversified engineering and construction group in the global underground mining market. “We provide a wide range of diversified services to the mining industry, including shaft sinking, mine development, mechanical and civil construction and raise boring. We recently successfully completed a 4 year development contract at Lubambe and we have also completed the Synclinorium 1270m shaft for Mopani Copper Mine. Currently, we are busy with a contract at Mufulira for Mopani which includes development of a new shaft.”
“The Copperbelt Mining Trade Expo and Conference will provide us with good exposure for our services and an opportunity to rub shoulders with the mining groups. We are looking forward to another great show,” says Pearson.
Florence Asaile of Afrope Zambia believes that despite all the challenges the industry has faced in recent years, there is still a lot of potential for growth in Zambia and they aim to go after these opportunities. “The Copperbelt Mining Trade Expo and Conference provides us with a good platform to display and showcase our products to the local mining industry,” says Asaile. “We will have technical people to demonstrate how to use our products and will also be providing some rigging tips for the riggers. Our partners from Crosby will be at the stand.”
Afrope was recognised as The Best Industrial Manufacturing Company of the year for 2014 and 2015 at the Kitwe District Chamber of Commerce and Industry Annual Awards.
David Del Olmo, Retail Sales Manager Africa & Middle East of Putzmeister Underground, says that they believe mining will remain a key growth sector in Zambia despite the price cyclicality. “We have recently added equipment to our product portfolio that will help maximise our client’s production efficiency and optimise logistics while ensuring a greater safety profile,” says Olmo. “We have been participating in the Copperbelt Mining Trade Expo & Conference since its inception, and are delighted to have found a growth partner in what is for us a very exciting market. This will be our third year attending, and we are looking to consolidate our presence at the Trade Expo.”
Putzmeister Underground continues to deliver potent, high-quality and reliable equipment for shotcrete applications underground, offering a 360° experience for clients from advisory services all the way to fully-customised solutions for every project.
Showcases, product launches and more at CBM-TEC
Cidra will be launching the new Cyclonetrac PST real-time hydrocyclone oversize partical monitoring system at CBM-TEC 2016. The Cyclonetrac PST is a real-time particle size tracking system that monitors the particle size from each hydrocyclone overflow. This measurement has enabled unprecedented improvements in a grind circuit resulting in greater throughput and recovery.
The company will also showcase the Sonartrac multiphase, non-invasive slurry flow meter at the show. The Sonartrac flow meter is the only non-invasive flow meter that can measure slurry flow and entrained air content. The entrained air content has been used to compensate for the presence of entrained air bubbles in slurry flow in order to correct nuclear density gauges. The technology innovations available from Cidra can benefit the Copperbelt by improving processes and lowering operating costs.
Competition in mining and agriculture can be tough, so showing that your organisation holds a certified quality, environmental and health & safety management system can set you apart from the competition. Through doing this, organisations can ensure full traceability in their own supply chain, and can therefore ensure quality, first time, every time. International ISO Standard Consultants, IMSM will also be exhibiting at CBM-TEC to explain the full range of consulting and support services it provides. Full information on the flagship product, ISO 9001 (Quality Management), as well as ISO 14001 (Environmental Management), ISO/IEC 27001:2013 (Information Security) and BS OHSAS 18001:2007 (Occupational Health & Safety Management) will be available.
In 2015, ISOs 9001:2008 and 14001:2004 were upgraded to 2015 revisions. IMSM have a range of industry-first solutions to transition organisations, and the IMSM team will be on hand to explain the benefits of these time and cost effective solutions.
Rare Plastics, in conjunction with its technology partner Borealis, has produced a water pipe specifically for alternative installation techniques (AIT), under the name Rare Plastics Co-extruded pipe (RPC), which it will be showcasing at this year’s CBM-TEC. Trenchless technology and unselected embedment construction methods demand a pipe capable of being installed where any damage caused by aggressive conditions, will not result in failure of the pipe.
Rare Plastics has successfully completed several major projects with some of the largest copper producers in the Copperbelt region and looks forward to the continued expansion of the company’s role in Zambia.
South African company Adret will be showcasing its cable fault location instrumentation at CBM-TEC. The South African manufactured product is cheaper than its competitors with improved customer support services. The company experienced a good response to the product in the market last year and looks forward to growing its market presence again this year.
MTI Projects will be exhibiting at the show to expand market awareness about the Zambian Mining Magazine. Proven as a relevant and reliable source of news for the Zambian mining industry, the company is looking to let the industry know what it has to offer.
Local exporter Osborn will be exhibiting at CBM-TEC again this year to showcase its locally produced, robust products. The company decided to exhibit again after a well-attended show last year. The company feels that even in a depressed economy, it can still provide good quality products that benefit the mining industry.
As Zambia’s premier networking event for international and regional companies that operate within the country’s mineral rich Copperbelt region, CBM-TEC will add real value to an industry looking for innovative solutions.
In association with the Electra Mining Africa exhibition in Johannesburg, South Africa, CBM-TEC is organised jointly by Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery and Spintelligent, leading Cape Town-based trade exhibition and conference organiser, and the African office of Clarion Events Ltd, based in the UK.