Expomin ’14 beneficial locally

Officials of local companies said their recent trip to Expomin 2014 was beneficial.

Held April 21-25 in Santiago, Chile, Expomin is the largest mining show held in Latin America, with more than 1,400 exhibitors and more than 80,000 visitors.

The trip was an overall positive experience for Curry Supply, a leading manufacturer and dealer of commercial service vehicles, Marketing Director Tom Catalano said.

“We had the opportunity to promote our commercial service vehicles and elevate our brand awareness on the international stage. As a result, we acquired new leads, made new contacts, and discovered new opportunities. While it is too early to tell the impact on future sales, companies we met there were optimistic and continue to invest in capital expansion,” Catalano said. “We are confident that we will see an increase in sales of our water trucks and tanks as a result of our being there.”

The trip also was beneficial to the Cambria County Association for the Blind and Handicapped, which manufactures a variety of products including hooks and hangers used in the mining industry, said Allen Smith, general manager of the Ebensburg Division.

“CAB generated good sales leads with mining companies, engineering companies and potential new distributors throughout South America. It was a very good experience, especially to work with current customers and potential new customers face to face,” Smith said.

While the Chilean mining market is rather sluggish due to the drop in commodity prices and reduced consumption of copper on the global market, the long term potential of the market is more than enough to hold the continuing interest of McLanahan Corp., said Courtney Barrett, director of South American Operations.

“The turnout of serious capital equipment buyers was limited this year, however we did receive many sales leads for some of the new, innovative products introduced by McLanahan over the recent past,” Barrett said. “Expomin is focused very heavily towards the copper mining industry rather than some of the more traditional markets of McLanahan. McLanahan is continuing to develop new products that are more specific to metal ore processing, and involvement in exhibiting at Expomin continues to enhance our experience and understanding of their market needs.”

Mirror Staff Writer Walt Frank is at 946-7467.