NAME Showcases Off-Road Equipment
By Marek Krasuski
The North American Mining Expo (N.A.M.E.) held its third event in Hanmer, Ontario, just north of Sudbury on September 11 & 12. Organized by Canadian Trade-Ex, the exhibition featured enough variety and information for mining stakeholders and curiosity seekers alike. Among trade show highlights were a Gala dinner and several tours and fairs.
Over 300 Exhibitors were on hand ranging from mining equipment suppliers, engineering firms, and many supply and service organizations.
Sudbury was an ideal location for the occasion given the region’s preponderance of mining related companies, many of whom are members of SAMSSA (Sudbury Area Mining Supply and Service Association) which represents the largest concentration of expertise in mining worldwide. Many exhibitors were accepting employment applications from some of the 4000 visitors who attended, a signal that the industry remains robust.
Among the exhibitors was New Age Metals which offered prospective investors a visit to its River Valley Project, one of the largest underdeveloped platinum group of metals deposit in North America. The site is about an hour’s drive east of Sudbury.
This year’s Expo included a presentation by the Canadian Minerals and Metals Plan (CMMP) Secretariat which informed members of the feedback they received from Canadian governments regarding the industry’s attempt to solidify Canada’s position as the dominant mining nation in the world. Speaker topics ranging from electric vehicles in underground environments, new technologies and innovation, and a culture of safety in the industry.
Glenn Dredhart is president of Trade-Ex which organized the Expo this year in Sudbury. He cited various reasons for the decision to host the event in this region. Among them are Sudbury’s reputation as an advanced mining centre with excellent educational facilities and proven expertise in land reclamation. Sudbury has received international recognition for its re-greening of the region over 30-plus years.
Among the 300 exhibitors were:
Equipment World; It supplies various attachments such as blower, loader, blades and buckets. Training programs are also in its wheelhouse and are purported to meet all government and industry standards. Topics include safety training for Aerial Work Platforms, Forklifts, Liquid Propane Cylinder Exchange, Fall Protection, Confined Space, Skid Steer and Rack Safety. www.equipworld.com.
The Bucket Shop; Supplies all manner of industrial specialty buckets for excavators and scoop trams and other heavy duty applications. Headquartered in Timmins, Ontario, their 65,000 square foot manufacturing facility is equipped with the latest in tooling and technology. Totally self sufficient, they machine their own pins and bushings as well as roll and form all plate requirements. www.thebucketshop.ca
Outotec designs mineral processing equipment along with automation and control systems, and will outfit complete plants with their technology. They also has fully equipped research facilities to carry out support servicessuch as materials selection, analytical chemistry, and experimental research. www.outotec.com
Toshiba showcased some of its industrial products for the mining environment. Toshiba is a world leader in the design and manufacture of motors, adjustable speed drives, motor controls and power systems. Their website offers as full suite of products and services. www.toshiba.com
Approaching the Centennial Community Centre in Hanmer, home of the event, visitors were drawn in by the significant visual display on the arena’s perimeter where all manner of booms, buckets and industrial sized lifts with stark colours towered high in the air, showcasing their reach, power and industrial capabilities.
Among this impressive display were various units by the Italian manufacturer, Merlo, which builds telescopic booms noted for sturdiness and efficiency. Booms are constructed with structural steel with welds along the neutral axis so the boom stays straight when fully extended. Merlo Telehandlers are distributed by the Sudbury based North Rock Rentals, a company that provides rock solid equipment solutions to the Mining, Industrial, Commercial and Residential Sectors. They carry an expansive line of equipment rentals with an inventory that is updated, well maintained and clean. These include forklifts, loaders, excavators, trailers, and underground equipment.www.northrockrentals.com
Next year Trade-Ex will host the Canadian Mining Expo in Timmins, Ontario. The Canadian Mining Expo alternates most years with the North.☚