The inaugural CHEMUK (2019) two-day UK Chemical Industries Supply Chain Expo & Open Conference, hosted recently at the Yorkshire Event Centre (YEC) Harrogate, on 1st & 2nd May 2019, attracted an enthusiastic industry-wide response, with 2133 visitors plus specialist exhibitor and speaker groups, amounting to circa 2,500 participants.

Event founder, Ian Stone, MD of organisers’ UK Industry Events comments, “We’ve been delighted with the incredibly enthusiastic reception to the CHEMUK event, validating the concept of bringing the industrial chemicals, and related chemical user & formulation industries together ‘annually’, with the further addition of key sector-supporting groups, to create a unique industry setting with a very special dynamic”

Comprehensive Sector Supply Chain Expo

Bringing together attendee groups from all segments of the industrial chemicals, formulated products, as well as from biochemical & process industries, CHEMUK 2019 provided visitor groups with a diverse showcase of 170+ specialist exhibitors showcasing latest plant, equipment, supply chain materials & services supporting the chemicals industries, driving operational performance, efficiency, future-proofing, safety, compliance, supply-chain fulfilment and more.

Key exhibitor streams included:

  • Chemicals, Ingredients, Raw Materials
  • Plant, Process, Flow & Control
  • Health, Safety, Environment, Regulatory
  • Logistics, Storage, Handling & Fulfilment
  • Laboratory, Research & Development
  • Operations & Business Performance
  • Skills, Training, HR & Recruitment …and more

Packed two-day free to attend speaker programme

Parallel CHEMUK ‘free to attend’ two-day speaker programme presented 70+ expert speakers discussing the big challenges and opportunities affecting the UK’s chemical industries, and providing invaluable sector intelligence, best practice and innovation ‘takeaways’, guiding crucial next steps for attendee groups. Centre stage were critical themes such as process innovation, improvement & intensification, sustainability & responsible care, digitisation & new technology, plant & supply chain management, process safety & regulatory landscape, global trade and Brexit uncertainty, sector skills … and much more. 

Sector-specific’ focus included Cosmetics, Personal Care Products, HI&I Cleaning & Biocidal Products, Adhesives & Sealants, Polymers & Resins, Lubricants, Pharma & Healthcare, Paints, Inks & Coatings and more, as well as ’breaking markets’.

Leading global suppliers, sector leaders, government bodies & expert industry contributors….

The two continually running ‘open’ stages allowed visitors an exciting opportunity to listen to topical contributions from key industry bodies including Chemical Industries Association (CIA), Chemical Business Association (CBA), UKLA, BCMPA, BioVale, PRA, TSA, IPA, SHAPA, BASA, BPMA, BADGP, OCCA, CCUK and IfM. Government body contributors included a feature DIT session highlighting sector growth opportunities, plus plenary keynotes from both BEIS and Defra addressing UK chemical sector industrial strategy and the crucial topic of ‘EU Exit’. Just some of the major global business names contributing to the programme included Siemens, BASF plc, AstraZeneca, AkzoNobel, Brenntag, Accenture .. and more.

Reflecting the event’s strong ‘sector skills’ coverage, the 2019 event saw Royal Society of Chemistry hosting its 2-day RSC Skills & Careers Clinic, providing visitors with access to products and services to enhance their professional development or receive a personal consultation with an RSC Careers Management Specialist.

2020 show doubles in size

To cope with extremely high demand for floor space, and to support an expanding open conference programme, CHEMUK 2020 moves to the EventCity venue in TraffordCity, Manchester where it doubles its footprint with some 250+ exhibitors to feature Ian Stone continues “… take up on floor space for 2020 has been very rapid indeed and with the expanded floor plan already 80% full, we expect to sell out 2020 in a matter of months…”

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