Australia’s largest bulk handling event is being touted as a key opportunity for quarry operators to gain insight into innovations that will shape the future of dust control, safety, screening and crushing, productivity and more.
From 1 to 3 April, 2020, the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre will host the inaugural Australian Bulk Handling Expo (BULK2020), which aims to bring the diverse bulk handling industry together to showcase the latest technology and innovations.
BULK2020 show director Simon Coburn said the event will be the only dedicated Australian expo for producers of bulk commodities, including cement, coal, iron ore, grains, animal feed and woodchips. Several quarry equipment suppliers will also be exhibiting.
“The bulk handling industry is a vital part of Australia’s economy, with a wealth of knowledge and expertise to share,” he said.
“To have all these exhibitors under one roof is not only a great place for business opportunities, but a fantastic occasion to network within this essential industry.”
The event is aimed at bulk commodity producers seeking the latest equipment solutions to run their businesses more efficiently and keep one step ahead of the competition.
New bulk materials handling equipment will be on display, including conveyors, silos, motors and drives, belt scrapers, dust control systems, and weighing or level measuring products.
Neil Kinder, the managing director of industrial equipment supplier Kinder Australia, said the company would exhibit its conveyor engineering capabilities, including a mobile showroom demo trailer that will feature a complete ‘roll in, roll out’ working demonstration.
Kinder will also display its innovative conveyor componentry solutions, including: the K-Snap-Loc dust seal system; the K-Smartscraper primary belt cleaner; the K-Commander self-centring idler; the K-Protector return idler guards; and the K-Dynamic impact belt support system, the company’s latest belt support solution.
“We will also have other solutions specific to advancement of the quarrying industry, heavyweights and small players,” Kinder said. “The quarrying landscape is constantly evolving, operators are challenged by the issues of dust emissions, safety, material spillage and continuous productivity.
“Attendance at BULK2020 is a must for quarry professional to stay abreast of new future-proof technologies and engineered innovations that can deliver optimal efficiency and productivity gains to their operations.”
Groundwork Plus director and principal (engineering, survey and mine/quarry operations) Clayton Hill said the company is excited to exhibit at BULK2020.
In addition to its existing consulting services, Groundwork Plus will showcase its in-house NATA-accredited aggregate testing laboratory. The laboratory caters for the quarrying sector, with on-site sampling and compliance testing to both Australian Standards and Main Roads methods.
“We’re exhibiting this year at Bulk2020 as it’s an excellent way to network with new and existing clients, connect with other suppliers and explore what’s up and coming in the quarrying and bulk handling industries – a must for any quarrying professional,” Hill said.
The event is also set to feature other suppliers to the quarrying market, including the Terex family of companies, Skala, Vega, Crusher Screen Sales & Hire, Minprovise and Dyna Engineering.
Coburn said there has been plenty of interest from other local and international exhibitors and visitors.
“Industries around the world are revolutionising as technology becomes more connected. Industry 4.0, automation and artificial intelligence have the potential to radically change the way businesses operate,” he said.
“Stakeholders from a broad range of sectors will share their insight and expertise on how to stay at the cutting edge of technology and avoid being left behind.”
Educational, award opportunities
BULK2020 will be held in conjunction with one of Australia’s largest transport, logistics and supply chain events: MEGATRANS2020. The two events will be hosted over 30,000 square metres at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, with one ticket entry covering access to both exhibitions.
The Australian Society for Bulk Solids Handing (ASBSH) will host a two-day industry conference with multiple technical streams.
“It has been many years since we had an exhibition dedicated to bulk handling in Australia, and this will be an excellent opportunity to connect bulk handling engineers with suppliers across multiple industries,” said Mark Jones, ASBSH chairman and the director of TUNRA Bulk Solids.
“We will be advising organisers Prime Creative Media on the conference program and look forward to seeing you all there.”
The 2020 Australian Bulk Handling Awards gala dinner will also be hosted at BULK2020 to acknowledge the outstanding achievements of companies and individuals in the bulk solids handling industry. The Australian Bulk Handling Awards celebrate the industry’s innovative practices and superior performances over the past year.
For more information, visit the BULK2020 website.