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BULK2022 brings industry together

The 2022 Australian Bulk Handling Expo saw local and international decision-makers come together under the one roof to showcase and share the latest in the world of bulk handling.

And after three years of COVID-induced delays, the industry was happy to have one of the biggest events on the bulk handling calendar back on the agenda.

“It’s wonderful to be face-to-face once again,” Mark Jones, chair of the Australian Society for Bulk Solids Handling (ASBSH) and director of TUNRA Bulk Solids, told ABHR. 

“It’s been quite some time since there has been a show for the bulk handling industry.”

The event, held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 24–24 August, was aimed at bulk commodity producers, manufacturers, and suppliers. 

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The latest equipment was on display, including a silo, rollers, conveyors, dust control systems, air cannons, and level-measuring products.

VEGA Australia had its newest range of advanced radar level sensors on show, with several units measuring a variety of solids and liquids.

Tony Scarborough, NSW business development manager for VEGA Australia, said the 6X range of advanced radar level sensors can reliably measure across a broad range of characteristics including hot, cold, liquid, solid, hazardous, and corrosive materials.

A live demonstration showed how the radar technology worked, highlighting the straightforward nature of its programming and set-up, and how it can be integrated into existing systems with either hard-wired or wireless connections.

Scarborough said the variety of people at the expo was especially invaluable.

“I’m learning more about the bulk solids handling industry –  myself coming from more of a water and wastewater background,” he said.

“I have spoken to people in an allied industry, and it’s been quite informative to share my knowledge of what I do and their knowledge of what they do.”

To further encourage this knowledge-sharing, the ASBSH hosted a two-day conference at BULK2022, sponsored by LEAP Australia. Speakers delivered presentations on a wide range of subjects, including the technology of tomorrow, the road to net-zero, and how safety can be improved on-site.

“There is a really good range of suppliers, and there’s quite a few end users that have attended,” Jones said. 

“The exhibitors I’ve spoken to have all been pleased about the sort of enquiries they are getting, so there’s certainly quality there.

“As part of the BULK2022 program, the ASBSH also hosted a networking event for prospective and current members. With around 40 participants, the event provided an informal atmosphere for meeting like-minded people in the bulk handling sector.”

Peter Poklepovich, aftermarket manager at PROK, was pleased that a large number of customers were interested in PROK’s HDPE rollers and engineered pulleys.

“It’s great to be able to showcase the different options available,” he said. “There’s been a lot of people who are interested that have visited the stand to talk about our quality offering.

“They want to learn about us and what we can offer them as a company.”

PROK is one of the sponsors of BULK2022, along with Premier Tech and VEGA Australia.

Commenting on the success of the expo, event coordinator Hope Potter said it had been great to hear so much positive feedback from the industry.

“We look forward to seeing the bulk handling industry again at the next expo,” she said. 

This article was originally published in the September edition of ABHR.

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