BULKEX17 – Providing a Forum for the Bulk Materials Industry

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BULKEX17 – Providing a Forum for the Bulk Materials Industry

BULKEX17 has a great deal to offer delegates, whether they are from within the bulk handling materials industry or an allied sector such as mining, quarrying, cement, transport or energy. Among the hot topics of the event are BREXIT, biomass, digitalisation and new technology.
(ed. WoMaMarcel - 13/9/2017)
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BULKEX17 has a great deal to offer delegates, whether they are from within the bulk handling materials industry or an allied sector such as mining, quarrying, cement, transport or energy.

White Colne, United Kingdom – The two day event, organised by the Materials Handling Engineers Association (MHEA) combines a technical conference with a supporting exhibition, plus an industry awards dinner, all at Eastwood Hall, Nottingham on 18 and 19 October.

The seminar programme is the highlight of the event, featuring high quality speakers giving presentations on a range of topical subjects aimed at professionals across a number of industries. With the conference theme of Bulk Handling Today and Tomorrow,  subjects covered include:

  • Broad business issues such as BREXIT and capitalising on your digital assets
  • Emerging opportunities in Latin America and UK infrastructure ventures
  • Plus insight into current projects including the biomass conversion at Lynemouth power station.

Included in the 1-day or 2-day ticket prices are a seated lunch in the hotel’s restaurant with an opportunity to meet the speakers and discuss in more detail your questions on their papers. Additionally, delegates can help themselves to refreshments at any point during the event, at the break-out area adjacent to the seminar room. A supporting exhibition of around 50 stands from a wide variety of companies is an added feature, offering visitors the chance to discover more about highly relevant products and services.

James Bullock of the MHEA Executive Committee shares his views on why BUKLEX is a key industry event: “Our objective with BULKEX is to help the industry, help energise it and create a buzz by establishing a forum for sharing ideas, sharing best tice and knowledge, and stimulating debate. I believe BULKEX is one of the most important things the MHEA does, providing a platform where we bring together industry thought leaders and spark discussion about materials handling and where the industry is going. At the conference, we explore new sectors as new industries emerge. We can’t control the economy and the decline of coal and steel, but we can reflect the changes by shifting focus and evolving, for example to embrace biomass and renewables. BULKEX is where people from across the bulk materials and other industries gather together in one place. It’s where business gets done and it gives all suppliers the opportunity to interact with leading end users in the market.”

High-Profile Speakers

The event is living up to its promise with seminars from a dozen key speakers from prominent organisations including the Institute for Government, UKTI, Port of Tyne and Siemens.

The high-quality programme of topical and technical presentations is attracting a wide audience of professionals not only from within the bulk handling industry but across vertical sectors such as mining, quarrying, energy, ports and transport.

Five latest speakers announced for the event are:

  • Joe Owen, Senior Researcher, Institute for Government – BREXIT and trade: Key considerations the government faces and the implications for businesses
  • John Pethullis, Director, Southdowne Solutions – Ecostore Biomass Storage
  • Steven Harrison, Operations Director, Port of Tyne – Build of a biomass import facility to cater for Lynemouth Power Station coal to biomass conversion
  • Andrew Cowey, Head of Digitalisation, Siemens – Digitalisation for the bulk handling industry, what it means in realising real value through asset and data management
  • Chris Every, Commercial Director, Coomtech – New non-thermal technology for efficient, low cost drying of granular and powdered bulk materials.

They join previously announced speakers:

  • Darryn Quayle, Mining Engineer and Specialist, UKTI – Doing business in Chile: benefits, opportunities and free trade agreements
  • Matt Drew, Managing Director, Saxlund International – Designing a successful alternative fuel feed system
  • Dave Woods, Manager Application Specialists, Flexco – Documented reductions in breakage, dust and spillage at transfer points in the coal, grain and wood pellet industries.

Michael Kaye, Chairman of MHEA, said: “BULKEX17 looks set to be the best conference yet, with such a broad range of subjects of significant interest to our industry and beyond. Together with the supporting exhibition and awards dinner, providing the opportunity for networking and further information gathering, it is without doubt the leading event on the calendar for anyone involved in bulk materials handling.”

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