The CHEMUK 2024 EXPO will return this 15th & 16th May to the NEC, Birmingham. CHEMUK continues to grow, with over five hundred exhibitors expected for this year’s event.

Event organiser Ian Stone comments, “This is the 5th edition in the CHEMUK journey, from its launch back in 2019, and it’s amazing to now see every corner of the ‘chemicals industries’ rallying around this annual ‘destination’.

CHEMUK 2024 can boast its largest-ever showing of suppliers and partners supporting industrial chemicals, fine and specialty chemicals, chemical-formulated products, chemical and biochemical engineering and processing operations, chemical distribution and logistics, R&D and product development, and chemical-dependent communities, spanning 14,000 sqm of floor space under one giant roof.

The multi-stage speaker programmes will also be announced soon, with an impressive array of leading figures, thought leaders, and organisations tackling the big issues and trends shaping, challenging, empowering, and enabling the UK’s chemical and chemical product industries.

CHEMUK 2024: 1 Expo, 4 Show Zones

CHEMUK 2024 is comprised of four focused show zones; the Chemicals Supply Show zone, the Chemicals Management Show zone, the Process & Chemical Engineering Show zone; and the Chemical Laboratory Show zone. 

The Chemicals Supply Show zone

The Chemicals Supply Show zone will showcase manufacturers and distributors of chemicals, ingredients, and raw materials to attending R&D, product development, and supply chain teams.

Exhibitors confirmed to exhibit in this area include Brenntag UK&I, BTC UK, Univar Solutions, Caldic, BTC Europe, IMCD UK, and many others.

The Process & Chemical Engineering Show zone

The Process & Chemical Engineering Show zone will showcase the latest engineering technology and specialist services to attending plant, process, control, and engineering professionals from across the chemical and wider process industries.

Exhibitors confirmed to exhibit in this area include ABB, GEMU Great Britain, Funke UK, Hytorc, Kluber Lubrication, ProMinent Fluid Controls, Silverson Machines, Staubli, WIKA, Siemens, plus many others.

The Chemical Laboratory Show zone

The Chemical Laboratory Show zone will showcase specialist laboratory chemical and chemical equipment suppliers supporting research & development, analysis, process design & development, flow chemistry, scale-up, and quality testing within the chemical and chemical product industries.

Exhibitors confirmed to exhibit in this area include GPE Scientific, IKA England, Lambda Photometrics, Radleys, Scimed, ECH Scientific, Mettler Toledo, Verder Scientific, and many others.

CHEMUK 2024 Speaker Programme

Running as part of the show will be the CHEMUK 2024 speaker programme. Highlights from this year’s show will include a series of panel discussions, including:

Panel Session: Transitioning into the Digitally-enabled Age – How equipped is your Chemical Supply Chain?

Hosted by Chemical Business Association (CBA) Wednesday: 10.30 to 11.30, Stage 1

  • Panel Host: Tim Doggett, CEO, CBA
  • Richard Smith, Managing Director, Road Haulage Association
  • Richard Gilkes, Chair of the CBA, and Managing Director of The Stort Group
  • Craig Wallbank, Implementation Manager, CWC UK National Authority – Department for Energy Security & Net Zero
  • Heather Carroll, People & Skills Lead, Chemical Business Association

Panel Session: UK REACH: What’s the Score in 24?

  • Hosted by BASF plc. Wednesday: 14.00 to 15.00, Stage 1
  • Panel Host: Neil Hollis, Regulatory Affairs Manager, BASF plc

Confirmed Panellists include:

  • James Dancy, Head of UK REACH service and policy – Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
  • Mel Biring, Expert, Product Regulatory Advocacy Global Product Stewardship – BP
  • Nishma Patel, Policy Director – Chemical Industries Association (CIA)
  • Chloe Alexander, UK Campaigner – CHEM Trust
  • Darren Abrahams, Partner – Steptoe
  • Ciara Dempsey, Regulatory Affairs Manager – British Coatings Federation (BCF)

Mini Conference: ‘Build and Scale for a Biobased Future’

IBioIC Mini Conference, Wednesday: 10.30 to 12.00, Stage 5

  • Chair: Dr Lynsey Dunbar, Senior Business Engagement Manager – IBioIC
  • Chair: Dr Mark Bustard, CEO – IBioIC
  • Prof Stephen Wallace, University of Edinburgh
  • Dr Rennos Fragkoudis, Manager, Edinburgh Genome Foundry
  • Dr Tessa Moses, EdinOmics
  • Dr Mark Gronnow, Process Development Unit Leader at Biorenewables Development Centre
  • Dr Yvonne Armitage, Principal Strategic Programme Manager at CPI

PLFs Revolution: Creating a new Mission Led Research and Innovation ecosystem for sustainable PLFs

Hosted by Centre for Process Innovation (CPI).
Thursday: 13.00 to 14.00, Stage 2

  • Anju Massey-Brooker, Industry Associate, PLF taskforce coordinator for the RSC
  • Dan Noakes from CPI (Systemic Challenge Lead)
  • Joanna Sparks, Biomass Policy fellow, University of Asto
  • Duncan Lugton, Head of Policy, IChemE
  • Andrew Dove, Professor of Sustainable Polymer Chemistry, University of Birmingham
  • Caroline Kelly, Head of Technology Strategy, CPI

Mini Conference: Technologies that will disrupt chemical manufacturing

Hosted by Innovate UK & Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) Mini Conference. Thursday: 13.00 to 14.30, Stage 3

  • Session Chair: Amy Peace, Innovation Lead, Innovate UK
  • Michael Burnett, Knowledge Transfer Manager – Process Manufacturing, Innovate UK Busine Mary Jenkinson-Finch, Senior Portfolio Manager – Industrial Biotechnology, BBSRCss Connect
  • Freddie Dudbridge, Commercial Development and Strategy Manager, ConstructiveBio
  • Mike George, Professor of Chemistry, University of Nottingham
  • Jill Dearnaley, Chief Operations Officer, Econic Technologies Ltd
  • Zoe Burrell, Portfolio Manager, BBSRC

RSC at CHEMUK 2024

The Royal Society of Chemistry are a headline partner to the show and will be exhibiting and presenting a keynote and feature session:

  • RSC Keynote – Professor Gill Reid, President, Royal Society of Chemistry. Wednesday: 14.00 to 14.30, Stage 5
  • RSC Feature Panel – How do we build a Positive Science Culture? – Hosted by Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Wednesday: 14.30 to 16.00, Stage 5
  • Session Chair: Suze Kundu, Director of Researcher and Community Engagement, Digital Science
  • Holly Reeve, CEO & Co-founder, HydRegen
  • Sonalika Jain, Research Partner, RSSL
  • Alanna Downing, Disability/Neurodiversity Advocate & Senior Auditor, AWE
  • Chloe Jackson, Analytical Development Chemist, Carbogen Amcis
  • Martin Monedero, Flow Chemist, AM Technology
  • Toby Underwood, Head of Professional Standards, Royal Society of Chemistry

IChemE at CHEMUK 2024

We are delighted to confirm that the show is supported by the IChemE and that they will be exhibiting and delivering two keynotes and a ‘Mini Conference’:

  • IChemE Keynote – Nigel Hirst President, Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE). Wednesday: 12.00 to 12.20, Stage 4
  • IChemE Keynote – Yvonne Baker OBE Chief Executive Officer – Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE). Thursday: 11.00 to 11.20, Stage 4
  • ‘Towards sustainable production: the scaling up challenge’ – IChemE Mini Conference, Wednesday: 10.30 to 12.00, Stage 4
  • Rob Peeling, Chair of IChemE Congress and Functional Fellow Representative
  • Chris Hamlin, Vice Chair – IChemE’s Process Management and Control SIG
  • Mark Apsey, Senior Vice President, Ameresco, Deputy President and Trustee, IChemE
  • Dr. James Winterburn, Reader in Chemical Engineering at The University of Manchester
  • Anna Parsons, Associate Director, Process Engineering, AstraZeneca
  • Dr Andy Ingram, Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham