There was cause for celebration at Eastwood Hall on 18 October at the second Materials Handling Engineers Association Excellence Awards 2017.
Now in their second year, the Awards were conceived to recognise and reward the talent and creativity of the association’s members and the world class capabilities of its member companies.
The evening was sold out, with more than 140 guests sitting down to dinner followed by the Awards ceremony. Hilarious after-dinner entertainment was provided by comedy hypnotist, Ian Dee, and game members of the audience.
Conveyortek won the Innovation Award for its High Performance Conveyor Metal Detector that can self-calibrate and work with steel cable conveyor belts.
Vortex Global scooped Supplier of the Year Award, having been nominated by LeBlansch Bulk Handling Equipment for its excellence in a recent collaborative project at a silica plant in The Netherlands. The pneumatic conveying system supplied by Vortex was simultaneously engineered and constructed in just one and a half years while production continued as usual at the plant.
Apprentice of the Year was awarded to Adam Christie from Rotary Power. Adam is an Apprenctice Service Engineer and won for his commitment and desire to learn and develop, passing his HNC in Mechatronics with distinction.
The hotly contested Project of the Year Award was presented to Telestack, which impressed the judges with the scale and throughput achieved with its Titan T1600-8 Bulk Reception Feeder.
The Harold Wright Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Peter Webster, MHEA’s Secretary for his unerring commitment to the association through five decades. A prominent industry professional, Peter has worked with the MHEA since the beginning of his career in a number of roles including vice president and president. He has held the post of secretary since 2008 and announced his retirement at the dinner.
Former MHEA executive committee member, Linda White, from Fairport Engineering, was also presented with a rose bowl for her support and contribution to the association from 2006 to 2017.
Michael Kaye, outgoing president of the MHEA, said: “Once again, the MHEA Excellence Awards dinner was a huge success and provided us with a platform to highlight some of the fantastic achievements in bulk materials handling.
“The judges were very impressed with the standard of the entries – our congratulations go to all the winners. In only their second year, the Awards have attracted huge interest and competition and we feel certain that the accolades will become more and more coveted in the years to come.”
The Materials Handling Engineers Association works to support the interests of companies supplying bulk materials handling equipment worldwide. The association supports the technical and commercial interests of UK companies and offers businesses, suppliers and users of powder, bulk and handling equipment the opportunity to tap into a unique technical marketing knowledge base and share good practice.