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Further high-profile speakers for BULKEX17

Eastwood Hall

Materials Handling Engineers’ Association announces five more speakers for annual two-day conference

BREXIT, biomass, digitalization and new technology are among the topics for BULKEX17, as the Materials Handling Engineers’ Association (MHEA) announces five more speakers for its annual two-day conference, which will take place at Eastwood Hall (pictured), Nottingham, from 18–19 October.

‘Bulk Handling Today and Tomorrow’ will feature seminars from a dozen key speakers from prominent organizations including the Institute for Government, UKTI, Port of Tyne and Siemens.

The high-quality programme of topical and technical presentations is expected to attract a wide audience of professionals from within the bulk handling industry and across vertical sectors such as mining, quarrying, energy, ports and transport.

The five new speakers announced for BULKEX17 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 – Building a biomass import facility to cater for Lynemouth Power Station coal to biomass conversion
  • Andrew Cowey, head of digitalization, Siemens – Digitalization for the bulk handling industry: What it means in realizing 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.

The five new speakers join the following 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.’

For further information or to register for BULKEX17, visit:; or contact the event team on tel: (01787) 226995.

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