Electra Mining Africa

On the international calendar, Electra Mining Africa is ranked as the second largest mining show in the world and the biggest trade exhibition in southern Africa, and is a recognised gateway into Africa for local and global investors looking for new business opportunities in the mining, construction, industrial and power generation industries.

Interest has escalated in the show, which takes place from 8 - 12 September at the Johannesburg Expo Centre, NASREC, and exhibiting space for Electra Mining Africa and Elenex Africa - internationally respected as Africa's leading power generation, electrical engineering and lighting exhibition - has been sold out, confirming the confidence in the market and the prominent status of the show locally and internationally.

Furthermore, this year in Hall 9, the Machine Tools Africa exhibition will be on show, co-locating with Electra Mining Africa. This exhibition is also fully booked and is once again endorsed by the Machine Tool Merchants Association of South Africa. The last officially sanctioned show was held in 2004.

"The broad scope of these shows brings these coinciding industry sectors together at one location for visitor and exhibitor convenience, " says John Kaplan, Managing Director at Specialised Exhibitions, organisers of the shows. "It's a platform to showcase the latest developments, technologies, trends, products and services in all sectors of these industries."

Held every second year, Electra Mining Africa celebrated its eighteenth successful year in 2006 achieving exceptional growth over 2004 with exhibitor numbers swelling to 690 - an increase of 15% - and contracted floor space increasing to 31, 000 m. Attracting over 35, 000 top-level decision makers, many exhibitors reported excellent sales and sales leads.

Exciting news has also been announced that again this year the Department of Minerals and Energy will run Mining Week con-currently with the show and that major buyers of equipment from various parts of the world will visit the shows, organised through the DTI's export arm, the Capital Equipment Export Council.

"SAMDA is also considering organising a high-level delegate conference to coincide with Electra Mining Africa, attracting high profile senior industry players, which we believe will offer even greater value-add, " says Kaplan.

"With such high-level Government support, concurrent Mining Week activities, commitment from hundreds of exhibitors, endorsement and support from leading Associations and Institutions, and the positive growth reflected in the 2006 show, even further growth is anticipated for both Electra Mining Africa 2008 and Machine Tools Africa, " concludes Kaplan.

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