This year’s premier blasting and explosives conference will see a solid presence from BME, signalling its exciting growth phase into the North American and other global markets.
An official supporter of the International Society of Explosives Engineers (ISEE) Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique in Texas in February, BME will highlight its innovative offerings – with senior leadership and technical experts on hand to engage with the market. Aaron Austin, BME General Manager Americas, says the ISEE event comes at a time when the company has distinguished itself from competitors by growing its investment in the region.
BME’s presence at the ISEE conference will showcase its latest generation AXXIS Titanium electronic initiation system on the ISEE Demo Bench
“Our presence at the ISEE conference will give us the chance to share not only our latest technology solutions, but our important developments and plans,” says Austin. “Our presence at the conference will demonstrate our latest generation AXXIS Titanium electronic initiation system, alongside our range of solutions that give us full-service capability.”
South Africa-based BME, a member of the JSE-listed Omnia Group, has achieved significant, strategic global expansion in recent decades.
It has built its presence in North America through BME Mining Canada Inc. – a partnership with well-known local player Consbec. He notes that leadership attending the ISEE event will include BME Managing Director Ralf Hennecke, Omnia Group Chief Executive Officer Seelan Gobalsamy, and BME Mining Canada Inc. Vice-President Richard Walker. Key global BME representatives from Indonesia and Australia will also join the conference.
“The group has demonstrated its intent in the Americas over the years, and most recently through the establishment of our production and service facilities in Nairn Centre, Ontario,” says Austin. “To be launched later this year, this facility gives us the infrastructural base to rachet up our growth plans.”
Delegates at the ISEE event will have the benefit of engaging directly with BME’s AXXIS Support Manager Hennie du Preez, who will also showcase AXXIS Titanium on the ISEE Demo Bench. D. Scott Scovira, BME’s Global Blasting Science Head – will once again present a top rated conference paper at the event. The level of blasting technology and expertise in BME has already been recognised by ISEE expert panels, noted Austin.
BME looks forward to engaging ISEE Conference delegates on both technical and strategic levels.
“This will be the second year in a row that we have had a conference paper voted in the top three by an independent panel,” he says. “This is a clear measure of the value of BME’s technical contribution at the ISEE conference and in the sector generally.”
He adds that BME looks forward to engaging delegates on both technical and strategic levels, as the company’s leadership looks for appropriate investment opportunities in line with its growth ambitions. BME Mining Canada Inc. has already established itself as a local player through a recent five-year full-service contract with a Canadian opencast gold producer.
“In addition to our organic growth in North America, we will also be talking to delegates about our blasting solutions that contribute to customers ESG drives,” says Austin.