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BULKEX speaker programme

BULKEX17: BULK HANDLING TODAY AND TOMORROW is just around the corner. The programme for the event has been finalised, and the details are below:

Wednesday 18th October


9.45: WELCOME Michael Kaye, President, MHEA

10.00: Steven Harrison, operations director, Port of Tyne / Ian Atkinson, engineering director, Spencer Group - Biomass handling expansion at the Port of Tyne

10.30: Chris Every – commercial director, Coomtech Ltd - New non-thermal technology for efficient, low cost drying of granular and powdered bulk materials

11.00 – 11.30: Coffee break

11.30: Mike Bradley, director, The Wolfson Centre - Avoiding problems with material flow, segregation and degradation in the power, port, quarrying and cement industries

12.00: Darryn Quayle, mining dngineer and specialist, UKTI - Doing business in Latin America: a focus on the benefits and business opportunities in Chile

12.30 -14.00: LUNCH in the dining room

14.00: Joe Owen, senior researcher, Institute for Government - Brexit – What will change and when?

14.30: Andrew Hodgson, strategic sales lead (Digitalisation), Siemens - Digitalisation for the bulk handling industry, what it means in realising real value through asset and data management

15.00 -15.30: Tea break

15.30: John Pethullis, director, Southdowne Solutions - Ecostore biomass storage

16.00: Karl Woodhouse, channel development manager, Samson - Case study of the Port of Abidjan, Ivory Coast

16.30: FINISH, DAY 1

Thursday 19th October


09.00: WELCOME - Michael Kaye, president, MHEA

09.15: Declan Barry, ATEX - How to establish your BASIS OF SAFETY FOR EXPLOSION HAZARDS in the materials handling industry

09.45: Rizwan Chaudhry, engineering general manager, Clyde Bergemann - Lean or dense phase? Selecting the most suitable pneumatic conveying system for handling fly ash

10.15 – 10.45: Coffee break

10.45: Matt Drew, managing director, Saxlund International - Designing a successful alternative fuel feed system

11.15: Dave Wood, manager application specialists, Flexco - Documented reductions in breakage, dust and spillage at transfer points in the coal, grain and wood pellet industries

11.45: CLOSE

12.15 – 13.30: LUNCH in the dining room

This annual conference of the MHEA has a line-up of key technical speakers and is attended by professionals within the bulk materials handling industry and allied sectors such as ports, quarrying, cement, energy, transport and steel.

Taking place on 18-19 October at Eastwood Hall, Nottingham, BULKEX17 is supported by an exhibition and the MHEA Excellence Awards dinner.

To find out more, or to register for BULKEX, visit

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