BUSINESS latest technology in the industry make participation at Electra worthwhile for delegates and exhibitors alike. New technologies and innovation influence the way we do business and it’s imperative that those in the industry keep up-to-date with these trends. Day two’s highlights from the free-to-attend seminars included presentations by Aurecon regarding where the ‘mining digital footprint’ sits at the moment: how BIM, Big Data and a Common Data “New technologies and innovation influence the way we do business and it’s imperative that those in the industry keep up-to-date with these trends.” gitalisation was a major theme of Day Two at Electra Mining Africa 2018. There was strong interest at Electra Mining Africa 2018 in latest technology. 14_QUARRY SA| NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018 Environment affect quarries and mines. This was followed by Deloitte Monitor’s Andrew Lane explaining that the latest (2018) Deloitte survey of top issues keeping mining executives awake all night saw for the first time ‘Bringing Digital to Life’ as the number one issue. He believes that after a slow build up, mining is at the same point of explosive technological innovation that telecommunications was at the establishment of mobile telecoms more than 20 years ago. “It is here now, and it is going to be huge,” he says. One exhibitor, Gigi Mazzocco, CEO of mining, industrial and construction firm P&R Equipment, was on hand at his stand throughout the five days, and enthused, “We got lots of interest from many engineers and other plant managers. We [are] exhibiting a lifting machine called Drakam Rolling Power that is unique in the world. We have the sole distributorship so we are sure that sales will materialise. This machine can lift up to 100t and push and pull up to 200t. Also, lots of interest in our lifting trolleys that can pull and push any cargo. We [are] also sole distributors for Guardian Robot machine that can replace guards in any factory’s or mine’s [premises]. We also have a tagging radio control system that can detect a body under mines that have collapsed. “The show was good,” says Mazzocco. The feedback from other stands was equally positive. A representative of Paramount Tracks said, “Expos are worthwhile to attend because you meet the right people. It was really good, and we had good traffic coming to our stand.” Eazi Access Solutions said, “Our time here has been great. Since Monday we’ve seen clients and prospective clients enquiring about our products. It’s been busy, and our demonstrations are also a hit.” A stand manager at Manitou said, “We have on display the first ever battery powered telehandler that can be attached to anything and be operated in any environment. The machine has been well received and visitors experienced our 20- year journey in mining innovation.” HPE Africa also saw a lot of traffic at their stand and was happy with the overall response to equipment on display by visitors.