80,000 visitors. 1,600 exhibitors. All about mining. There can be only one show in Latin America that fits that description and it’s happening this week. ExpoMin 2014 in Santiago, Chile, is the world’s largest mining trade show outside of the U.S. This show, which happens every two years, has a global attendance.
The Espacio Riesco Pavilion will be showcasing products, solutions and innovations — from boots for mine employees to high technology solutions, from extraction to mineral processing. In addition to the showcase, the 13th international congress of seminars and workshops, will also take place. The theme this year is “Competitiveness and Technological Innovation Times” for the mining industry.
Even though it’s in Chile, many U.S. local governmental agencies are exhibiting and promoting the show. The Georgia Department of Economic Development suggests going to the show can accelerate your business. The Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development believes this is an important event and reported on their website that “There are important export opportunities in this industry, particularly for those offering technologies and products that bring cost reduction, improved productivity and more efficient and cleaner processes.” The US International Pavilion organizers said that “Between 2010 and 2014, it has been announced that investments will exceed $20 billion and U.S. exporters will continue to supply to Chilean importers, both private and public.” Outside the US, Germany reports that a record breaking German community of mining suppliers, producers of preparation equipment and consulting companies will be going to the show to discuss its products and services with Chilean and other Latin American mining experts.” So if you are a professional in mining, you should be attending this show.
And if you are planning on being there, I wouldn’t miss the round table sessions where many potential customers for mining products and solutions will be available to interact with potential suppliers and discuss their specific needs, applications and perhaps close some business!
If you do attend the show, make sure you stop by and introduce yourself to me. I’ll be in booth #500-2 demonstrating an extensive mining portfolio of instruments, equipment and software for advancing mining, including: portable xrf analyzers, sample preparation tools, an electronics platform for enhanced communications and connectivity for weighing and monitoring, analysis equipment for multiple slurry streams, and informatics solutions for lab process mapping, and workflow management and automation.
Outside of business, Santiago is a very pretty city, and you may want to stay a few extra days to explore the area. Most government activities take place in Santiago’s downtown area (El Centro), which is home to La Moneda (the presidential palace), Plaza de Armas and the Judicial and Executive Branches. This area also boasts numerous museums and pedestrian malls. Districts such as Providencia, Bellavista, Las Condes and Vitacura offer a dazzling array of businesses, shops and restaurants as well as a bustling nightlife.
Though all big cities are dominated by concrete to some degree, Santiago is home to several imposing green spaces. For example, Parque Metropolitano, also known as Cerro San Cristóbal, is visible from most of the city. It is Chile’s largest and one of the world’s largest urban parks. You can get to the top on foot, by bike or by car or take a refurbished cable car.
If you have time, don’t miss the opportunity to taste some of Chile’s best wines and tour the vineyards that are now enveloped by the city. Other great daytrip options are Pirque, a neighboring village in the Andean foothills, and the Maipo Valley, where you can enjoy nature, sample local food, pick up some souvenirs and find a place to spend a few nights near the banks of the Maipo River. It’s the perfect place to relax after all that mining talk.
XII International Congress Expomin
April 21-25, 2014
Twitter feed: #Expomin2014