PROFESSOR JUDY RAPER, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), University of Wollongong
The success of Queensland’s heavy industry is behind Brisbane winning the race to host a leading trade exhibition and two established international conferences at Brisbane’s Convention and Exhibition Centre on the 4-6 August 2009.
The tripartite event is the focal point for the bulk and powder handling community and comprises of trade exhibition BULKEX 2009; CHoPS (6th International Conference for Conveying and Handling of Particulate Solids) and ICBMH (10th International Conference on Bulk Materials Storage, Handling & Transportation). Bulk and powder handling are the terms given to handling items ranging from grain and coal through to food and chemicals.
“Brisbane was chosen as the location for this important event because of Queensland’s expertise in the mining industry and the associated industrial and technology companies that are based here and are working alongside the mining companies. Allied to the fact the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre was recently voted the third best such centre in the world” commented Harvey Stockbridge from event organisers, Informa.
He continues, “The choice to hold the event in Brisbane has been endorsed by the fact that we have secured international sponsorship from the likes of UK Trade & Investment as well as many Queensland and indeed interstate companies. The exhibition will not be just focusing on mining however and will display a huge range of technologies, from the mainstays and staples of the industry, right through to cutting-edge new technologies from around the world.”
According to Associate Professor Wypych, from the University of Wollongong, the overall aim of the combined BULKEX, CHoPS and ICBMH events is to integrate the scientific and industrial communities, with the uniting of the two groups set to throw off some exciting synergies.
“The networking and collaboration opportunities will be tremendous and unprecedented” said Professor Wypych, who is working closely with Informa to bring the three events together.
“I firmly believe that the combination of CHOPS, ICBMH and BULKEX will provide a unique opportunity to integrate scientific research and industry issues. Academic researchers will come to understand industry’s problems and needs, while the latter group will better grasp the capabilities of the universities and the opportunities presented by their R & D.”
Besides the two major conferences, a host of subsidiary activities – such as workshops, case study sessions; industry seminars and open forums – will foster academic/industry interactions and relationships.
Visitors to the exhibition will have access to a wide range of technical know-how through the free to attend BULKEX Academy Sessions. The exhibitors will also offer product demonstration and displays across the full range of bulk handling expertise. The three days of BULKEX are all about face-to-face interaction, learning, best-practice sharing and networking.
For more information visit: http://www.bulkex.com.au
Issued by: John Wilson, Informa Australia
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