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Bulkex speaker programme published

Published: 30 August 2017 - Jack Cheeseman

The final line-up of speakers for Bulkex17 has been published and the packed seminar programme includes 12 presentations from 14 different people.

‘Bulk Handling Today and Tomorrow’ is set to be an unmissable bulk materials handling conference with its variety of topical and technical talks on subjects such as Brexit, new infrastructure projects, digitalisation, biomass and new technology.

The annual two-day conference, organised by the MHEA, is taking place on 18-19 October at Eastwood Hall, Nottingham and is attracting interest from professionals within and outside of the bulk materials handling industry.

The four new speakers that have been announced are:

·         Karl Woodhouse, channel development manager, Samson, who will be describing materials handling at the Port of Abidjan with Sebastien Ghesquiere, president of Sea-Tech.

·         Rizwan Chaudhry, general engineering manager at Clyde Bergemann, presenting a paper on selecting the most suitable pneumatic conveying system for fly ash.

·         Mike Bradley of The Wolfson Centre, discussing how to avoid problems with material flow, segregation and degradation in the power, port, quarrying and cement industries.

They join the previously announced speakers:

·         Joe Owen, Senior Researcher, Institute for Government – Brexit and trade: Key considerations the government faces and the implications for businesses

·         Steven Harrison, operations director, Port of Tyne, and Ian Atkinson, engineering director, CS Spencer –  Build of a biomass import facility to cater for Lynemouth Power Station coal to biomass conversion

·         John Pethullis, director, Southdowne Solutions – Ecostore biomass storage

·         Andrew Hodgson, strategic sales lead (digitalisation), Siemens – Digitalisation for the bulk handling industry, what it means to realise 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.

·         Darryn Quayle, mining engineer and specialist, UKTI – Doing business in Latin America: a focus on the benefits and business opportunities in Chile

·         Matt Drew, managing director, Saxlund International – Designing a successful alternative fuel feed system

·         Declan Barry, managing director, Atex Solutions - How to establish your basis of safety for explosion hazards in the materials handling industry

·         Dave Woods, manager of application specialists Flexco - Documented reductions in breakage, dust and spillage at transfer points in the coal, grain and wood pellet industries.

Between seminars, delegates can view the exhibition stands in adjacent rooms while enjoying the unlimited refreshments, all of which is included in the ticket price (£60 for one day or £100 for two days, plus VAT). Also included in the cost is a seated lunch in the hotel’s main restaurant with the opportunity to meet the speakers during the meal.

Michael Kaye, chairman of MHEA, said, “The presentation programme is the highlight of the conference and will be the chance to keep abreast of a range of subjects pertinent to materials handling in a concentrated timespan. With the supporting exhibition and networking opportunities, Bulkex17 is definitely the place to be on 18-19 October.”

To register for Bulkex complete the form via To view the full two-day seminar programme visit


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