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Industry Buying Guide
Executive Officer’s Foreword
The Mining & Energy Services Council of Australia (MESCA) is an industry
body committed to maximising domestic content and Australian industry
participation on major mining and energy projects, while encouraging a
dynamic, competitive and unified minerals and energy sector in Australia.
MESCA was formed in 1998 as a joint initiative of the Queensland
Government and the Ai Group (Australian Industry Group). While all
government support has been long withdrawn, MESCA remains a
division of the Ai Group, the largest and most respected industrial
association in Australia.
We provide sector-specific industry briefings, promotional opportunities
and specialist information services to support members who focus their
business development activities on providing innovative supply solutions
to mining and energy projects. MESCA members also enjoy the backing
of policy support and representation through Ai Group, benefiting from
being part of a significant collective and national recognition as the ‘voice of
industry’ to all levels of government.
It’s been a very interesting 12 months for MESCA and our members,
with so many of us enduring some tough turbulence and business
conditions at the moment. Thermal and metallurgical coal and iron ore
have had their values halve over the past six months as oversupply issues
plague the sector and place huge downward pressure on prices. This
has caused many proponents to shelve or postpone new developments,
while established profitable operations are now marginal and marginal
operations have been closed. As a result, we have seen thousands of job
losses in the coal and iron ore sectors particularly, which has severely
impacted on our MESCA members. In response, we have seen many of
our members trimming sales force numbers, structures and marketing
budgets, so it’s a constant challenge for us to ensure our message and
content is delivered to your relevant personnel.
In recognition of these difficult times, and to ensure members receive
the full benefit of our services suite, we would like to take this opportunity to
emphasise the importance of maintaining your contact lists if your business
is going through some staff changes. Remember, MESCA membership
is national and company-wide, so there may also be some interstate
colleagues who would benefit from access to MESCA services. I would also
like to point out that there is no cap or limit to the number of staff who can
access our suite of services, so it makes good business sense to maximise the
return on your MESCA membership investment through wider engagement
with your staff, no matter where they are located.
There has also been a change at MESCA with the retirement of Mr Bob
Townsend as Chair. I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of all our
MESCA members to thank Bob for 16 years of tireless effort in making MESCA
better and stronger for its members. Bob is widely thought of as the father of
MESCA, and has been donating his time since MESCA was founded. Through
his steerage and contributions to MESCA, we have seen a consistent growth
in membership. We are all very grateful to Bob and I’m delighted to advise he
has agreed to continue his involvement with us.
We are looking ahead optimistically,
as there are positive signs that some
proponents are moving forward with
massive new developments. I believe
this could be attributed, at least in part,
to all levels of government recognising
the need for a dramatic improvement
in approval efficiencies and timeliness
and the importance of attracting
development investments into Australia.
Just to name two specific examples,
with Adani’s Carmichael Coal Project
and Hancock Prospecting’s Roy Hill,
although at very different stages
of maturity, there reside plenty of
opportunities for the supply community.
This is coupled with the construction phase of the significant LNG export
infrastructure developments in Gladstone finally concluding; suppliers
with the appropriate capabilities will be well placed to take advantage
of upstream and midstream requirements for many years to come. The
entire supply community in Queensland is also very excited about the
development of regulatory framework to support the resumption of
uranium mining. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn and engage
with a new sector that has been inaccessible for so many years. Obviously,
it’s impossible to provide commentary within this article about all of the
extraordinary developments over the last year, but I believe we’re still closing
in on a period of opportunity for suppliers.
MESCA has worked tirelessly to consistently deliver relevance and value
to our members. A key objective is to present MESCA membership NOT as a
discretionary spend, but as an indispensable partner to our members.
We will continue to encourage transparency from the mining and energy
sector. The more transparent the mining and energy companies are about
their projects, the better prepared MESCA members will be to fulfil their
We will also continue to engage the mining and energy sector
collectively to discuss the challenges that confront us and promote the great
technologies, talents and services that MESCA members have to offer.
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