The Australian Construction and Equipment Expo Queensland (ACE QLD 2012) has been officially opened this morning by Queensland's Deputy Premier the Hon. Jeff Seeney MP, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning.
"The opening of ACE QLD 2012 (from left to right): Andrew Moir (President of CMEIG), Maureen Ryan (Event Manager of Exhibitions & Trade Fairs) and Queensland's Deputy Premier the Hon. Jeff Seeney MP, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning."
After cutting the ribbon across the entry into the Expo, the Hon. Jeff Seeney MP took a guided tour through the exhibition.
"It's a great Expo and good to see equipment still being manufactured locally in Queensland. The RNA Showgrounds is a great site for this type of Expo because it's centrally located and easy to get to and get around. It's very impressive and I hope everyone has a great show," said Mr Seeney.
ACE QLD 2012 is run by Exhibitions & Trade Fairs in partnership with the Construction & Mining Equipment Industry Group (CMEIG QLD). National President of CMEIG, Andrew Moir, was also present on the tour said that visitors will be able to take a 'hands on' approach to the products and services on offer.
"ACE QLD 2012 provides an unprecedented advantage to the public, as a lot of these new products and services will most likely be what they will be working with in the future.
"We're providing visitors with the important opportunity to stay ahead of the curve," said Mr Moir.
With over 100 exhibitors showcasing a range of different industry products, equipment and services, more than 4000 people are expected to explore all that the Expo has to offer over the next few days.
Coates Hire is just one of the many national organisations exhibiting at ACE QLD 2012. Their stand featuring an ice sculpture is one of the largest, covering over 9,000 square metres of both indoor and outdoor space.
Other highlights to this year's Expo include the Hitachi stand, where visitors will experience the thrill of driving the "Excavator" - one of their unique simulators.
Digga will also be launching the world's largest screw anchor drive; at over 2.4 metres tall and weighing more than three tonnes, it is a piece of equipment worth inspecting.
As well as being a 'one-stop-shop' for innovative construction and mining technology, ACE QLD 2012 will also feature a free walk in seminar program, presented by a range of industry leaders and professionals. Topics to be covered include: Coastal Shipping as an Option for Interstate Transport, Overdimensional Transport in Queensland and Where an Apprenticeship Can Lead by preeminent mining, construction and transport professionals.