HELENA, Mont. – Representatives of seven Montana businesses are on the way to Australia to promote their mining products and services to companies overseas at the Asia-Pacific International Mining Exhibition (AIMEX), Aug. 29–31 in Sydney.
The ExportMontana office at the Department of Commerce is organizing the trip for the businesses, which will share a Montana-branded pavilion on the show floor. Funded in-part through a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s State Trade Expansion Program (STEP), Commerce is covering their tradeshow booth expenses and providing a travel stipend.
Mining is one of Australia’s top industries and provides an opportunity for Montana businesses to grow, said Commerce Director Pam Haxby-Cote.
“It’s only natural that Australia would be interested in working with Montana mining, reclamation, and tech companies,” she said. “Montana is a leader in entrepreneurship, and this is one more way Montanans can export our innovative ideas and products.”
AIMEX is one of the world’s premier mining exhibitions. Participating businesses will showcase the latest equipment, services and technology and will have an opportunity to conduct business face-to-face with buyers from Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.
Australia is one of Montana’s top 10 trading partners, with Montana exports totaling $10 million in 2016, of which 18 percent was machinery.
Participating at the exhibition will be: Agilatech of Bozeman, ATR of Hamilton, Duff Norton Air Motor Jack Company of Billings, Lycox Enterprises of Billings, MT Rigmat of Charlo, Rockwell Scales of Great Falls, and SRS Crisafulli of Glendive.