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Solids Handling & Processing

Af Gus Bishop - Solids Handling & Processing Association

Det er opmuntrende at se, at britiske fremstillings- og forarbejdningsindustrier igen er i god helbred, og det fører til genopretningen, da UK plc stræber efter at balancere sine bøger igen. Ikke kun er de industrier, SHAPA-medlemmer tjener, der viser solide fremskridt, men de er i spidsen for beskæftigelsesudvikling og hjælper med det nødvendige arbejde fra den offentlige sektor til beskæftigelse i den private sektor. Solids Handling & Processing Association er udelukkende til gavn for medlemsvirksomheder ved at levere forkant af markedsinformationer støttet af solid teknisk viden, der fremmer god praksis inden for materialehåndterings- og forarbejdningsindustrien. Tjek venligst vores hjemmeside på www.shapa.co.uk ; if you haven’t done so previously you will be inspired by the wealth of information available – not least the product selector to locate expert companies, a must if you have an engineering challenge to meet.

A year of innovative progress

The year may be half way through, but SHAPA is a constant source of valuable information. So far this year members’ events have included the third annual “Digital Marketing Workshop” and the seminar and workshop for future leaders in our industries entitled “Engineering the Future”.

The Digital Marketing Workshop 2011 held on 26th May is the third in what, by popular demand, has become an established SHAPA event. Internet marketing making use of social media, optimisation of search engines, integrating off-line and on-line marketing techniques were amongst the truly modern methods available to enhance presence in the market place, all at minimal cost. So extensive was the guidance presented that the workshop was sub-titled “50 Ways to Market Your Business Effectively on the Internet”. Positive thinking indeed!.The workshop was aimed at experts and newcomers alike, with delegates being armed to implement changes to their own thinking and methods immediately, with immediate positive returns. Whilst presently billed as an annual event, many delegates recommended that it should now be presented at six monthly intervals to keep pace with progress This seminar alone is a compelling reason to be a part of the SHAPA family of companies.

The seminar and workshop “Engineering the Future” took place on June 14th, kindly hosted by SHAPA member Portasilo Ltd in York. Once again the third of its kind, these increasingly popular events are aimed specifically at enthusing and informing the next generation of engineering leaders in our industries. Engineering-based venues are chosen where possible to set the scene and the day is divided between instructive presentations and focused workshop sessions, involving the presenters with the delegates.

Whilst the technical and engineering presentations gave valuable insights, the conference was not restricted to “passive learning”. Key elements were the structured workshops during which groups of delegates from wide ranging industries and backgrounds concentrated on “meeting customer needs” and “reacting to future trends”. Listening to and assessing customer requirements are so vital to furnishing the client with a set of equipment that not only works, but operates reliably and with maximum energy efficiency, we regard this as a subject and skill in itself. Unfortunately it is not unknown for bulk material handling systems to disappoint in many areas so assessing customer needs – including performing suitable physical tests where appropriate – has become a mission for the Association.

Present and Future

For det første er vi meget glade for at annoncere Rob Hudson fra Spiroflow Ltd som den nye formand for SHAPA for at lykkes Eddie Spires of Dustcheck Ltd, der har tjent foreningen godt i de sidste fire år. Rådet har sammen med Marketing- og Tekniske Udvalg alle haft travlt med at konstant gennemgå SHAPA-aktiviteter til gavn for medlemskabet, og endnu en gang er en SHAPA Pulver & Bulk Solids Industry Conference i et avanceret planlægningsfase. Tilbage efter en populær anmodning, men med en ny målrettet titel, er denne værdifulde en-dags-begivenhed, som er åben for alle (ikke kun SHAPA-medlemmer!), Nu blevet en etableret del af den årlige kalender. Årets arrangement finder sted den 18th oktober på Imago Conference Center ved Loughborough University, centralt beliggende, let at finde og fremragende udstyret til at gøre dagen stress fri og komfortabel. Der vil være en åbent keynote-adresse til alle af en fremtrædende højttaler med en værdifuld besked til vores industrier, efterfulgt af to strømme af præsentationer. Disse vil være fokuseret på håndteringsteknologier i fast form i en strøm og regulerings- og forretningsproblemer i den anden. Som i tidligere Videnskonferencer vil delegerede have et helt åbent valg af møder til at deltage, med den fordel at notater fra alle præsentationerne vil blive inkluderet i delegatinformationspakken, hvorledes de præsentationer de faktisk deltager i. En omfattende dag med høj værdi vil blive sikret, med seks kortfattede præsentationer inkluderet i hver strøm sammen med guidede diskussioner / workshopstider allokeret i løbet af dagen. Ud over at være en koncentreret kilde til teknisk og erhvervsmæssig viden giver arrangementerne nyttige tid til at se leverandørernes bordplade, netværk med kolleger eller opsøge nye partnerskaber. SHAPA er forpligtet til at fremme excellence blandt bulkproducenter og leverandører og især slutbrugerkunder, for hvem endelig sammenslutningen og dens medlemmer eksisterer.

Please check with our website at www.shapa.co.uk or telephone direct 0116 2713704 or email [Email protected] to register an interest and be kept up to date with progress.

A multi-faceted association

The benefits of SHAPA membership are many and various. Whilst the dissemination of technical information and legislative developments is a major theme, the association is very keen to further the commercial aims of the membership, to offer real advantages in the marketplace. The membership covers a wide range of skills and disciplines such that some members are customers of others, enabling SHAPA to be an effective networking platform. Other members are in direct competition with each other, but the association’s mission to enhance quality throughout by presenting sound relevant information works to the benefit of all. Several member companies have been with us for very many years, demonstrating the continuing value in being a part of the SHAPA family.

Eksempler på marketing- og tekniske udvalgs kommercielle bestræbelser findes på en række områder. Eksportforummet, som regelmæssigt mødes for at informere om eksportmuligheder og hvordan man maksimerer afkastet, når de kommer ind på andre markeder - regelmæssige UKTI nyhedsopdateringer hjælper især den kommende eksportør. En omfattende britisk markedsundersøgelse af brugere af solidshåndteringsudstyr blev bestilt for medlemmer, der viser områderne af forventet udvikling og giver en god følelse for den sandsynlige udnyttelse af målindustrier i de kommende måneder og endnu længere fremme - en værdifuld hjælp til at fastlægge fremtidige forretninger planer. SHAPA hjemmeside tilbyder potentielle kunder et kraftfuldt produktfinder værktøj. En kort søgning blandt de kategorier af udstyr og tjenester, der tilbydes af SHAPA-medlemmer, vil tydeligt demonstrere foreningens inklusiv forpligtelse og bør selvfølgelig være den første anløbshavn for enhver slutbruger eller kontraktkonsulent.

Finally, life is not all work, so recreational activities including a “Golf Day” in September and a “Day at the Races” in November are planned. However, if combining work with pleasure is your modus operandi, then members may invite key clients to these events to cement their bonds tighter.

For more information about SHAPA, please visit www.shapa.co.uk eller e-mail [Email protected] or simply ring 0116 2713704.

Spiroflow Ltd

Vi fremstiller et komplet udvalg af udstyr til håndtering af tørstoffet fast stof og ingredienser i pulver-, granulat-, pellet- og flakeform på tværs af hele spektret af procesindustrier.

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