BULK2020 will bring a number of local and international exhibitors to Melbourne on 1 to 3 April 2020. ABHR speaks to three international companies about why they see value in the expo.
The Australian Bulk Handling Expo (BULK2020) is set to be one of the biggest events of the year for the industry, bringing together the diverse sector to showcase the latest in technology and innovations.
Taking place on 1 to 3 April 2020, the event will see local firms and international companies assemble at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
One such company is Concetti, an Italian manufacturer of weighing, bagging and palletising machinery for bulk products.
Trevor Mitford, Sales Manager at Concetti, says BULK2020 will be important to develop the Australian bulk handling industry.
“There has always been a void in the Australian exhibitions and marketing approach toward bulk materials handling, which is surprising considering the importance of construction materials and mining to Australia,” he says. “BULK2020 will be an important step to close the void.”
Concetti has been active in Australia providing machinery for the cementitious materials, fertiliser, salt and pet food sectors, providing new packaging technology for evolving industries.
Mr Mitford says the company will be presenting its products in these markets in addition to its expertise in sectors not yet realised locally.
“BULK2020 will attract clients with a differing objective of product handling inevitably linked to the projects we are interested in,” he says.
“We are looking forward to being a part of it and meeting clients we would not normally meet during other events we participate in.”
Exhibitors at the trade expo will include companies that design, manufacture and distribute technologies used in bulk solids handling, including conveyors, storage and silos, performance tools, motors and drives, belt scrapers, container tipplers, dust control systems, weighing and level measurement software, and engineering services.
Bulk material producers and businesses that require the use of the equipment or services to move bulk goods will the main attendees at the event. BULK2020 will also provide the industry with an opportunity to connect network and learn.
This opportunity for networking is a major reason for Indian company SWAM International to attend the event. Business Development Manager, Sri Srinivasan, says events like BULK2020 are very important to develop brand awareness.
“SWAM International is a manufacturer of airblowers and vacuum pump systems,” he explains. “The company established an Australian subsidiary to serve the Asia Pacific market and we are now trying to further grow and gain exposure.
“All of our efforts have so far been to build one-on-one relationships with our customers, and we are now looking to spread the message more.”
SWAM International have signed on to exhibit at the event and will be showcasing how its technology can be used across the bulk handling sector.
It will also be presenting its energy-efficient developments and packaged telematics.
BULK2020 is sponsored by Vega Australia and Kockums Bulk Systems and is supported by the Australian Society for Bulk Solids Handling (ASBSH), which will host a two-day industry conference.
Mark Jones, Chair of the ASBSH and Director of TUNRA Bulk Solids, says the ASBSH is pleased to be supporting BULK2020.
“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,” he says.
“We will be advising organisers Prime Creative Media on the conference program and look forward to seeing you all there.”
As an event specifically targeting the bulk handling industry, exhibitors will be able to reach a highly relevant delegate pool.
This is why New Zealand-based Aurora Process has decided to exhibit. The company is a manufacturer of bulk bag packaging solutions that targets a range of industrial product manufacturers in Australia.
Braden Goddin, Sales and Marketing manager at Aurora Process, says BULK2020 offers the company an opportunity to talk to personnel from a wide range of job roles across its target audiences.
“Our bulk packaging solutions are designed with the user in front of mind, so understanding pain points and new functionality requirements is essential for us,” he says.
“There’s value in exposing our brand to the wider market at events such as this. It’s important in today’s competitive environment that the market is made aware of the changes and advancements in process technology that can break down barriers to their growth and allow them to get ahead.
“We have some great solutions to offer the industry and we are keen to get in front of the market to show them how they can take their packing process to the next level.”
Aurora Process will have its bulk bag filling equipment on display at the event and will showcase how advancements in robotics and manufacturing capabilities are opening up solutions to the whole market, not just large corporates.
To further celebrate innovation in the bulk handling industry, BULK2020 will also include the 2020 Australian Bulk Handling Awards gala dinner. The Australian Bulk Handling Awards are the only awards program specifically for the bulk solids handling industry and acknowledges the innovative practices and superior performances over the past year.
BULK2020 will be held in conjunction with one of Australia’s biggest 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 for access to both exhibitions.