As one of the first post-lockdown ‘national trade show’ events scheduled at NEC Birmingham, CHEMUK 2021, the UK’s Chemical Industries Supply Chain Expo, opened its doors on Wednesday 15th & Thursday 16th Sept, prompting delight and enthusiasm from across the sector.

Ian Stone, MD of event organisers UK Industry Events commented: “In the wake of unprecedented challenges and disruptions thrown up to all industries, with the outbreak of the global Covid-19 pandemic, the CHEMUK team were so delighted to see attendee groups from across all segments of the Chemical Industries, as well as representation from across all regions…it was so satisfying to bring the industry back together again!”

Showcasing some 350+ exhibiting companies representing literally hundreds of product, technology and service brands supporting the broad Chemicals, Chemical formulated products and Chemical-using industries, the busy 10,000sqm expo floor welcomed some 2,400+ visitors (and a further 1,000+ from across exhibiting teams) over the 2 days, creating a combined 3,500+ attendance.

On this year’s attendance, Ian added: “With strong pre-registration levels and a great ‘buzz’ across industry & social channels, the industry’s eagerness to engage again in a dynamic physical trade show environment was palpable and borne out as soon as the doors opened on Day One.”

Busy & Vibrant Expo

CHEMUK 2021 Expo followed on its hugely successful inaugural event, held in Harrogate in 2019 and represents the UK’s only dedicated national supply chain expo for the chemicals industries, attracting highly specialised attendee groups from across the UK’s chemicals, chemical products & chemical-using industries, converging to see the very latest plant, equipment, technologies, supply chain partners & specialist services driving operational performance, plant & process efficiency, sustainability goals, future-proofing, safety, compliance, supply chain fulfilment and more.

The event provides a single sourcing environment for suppliers, services & partners embracing:

  • Supply chain Chemicals, Ingredients & Raw materials
  • Contract Chemical manufacturers
  • Green chemistry/bio-based transition solutions
  • Plant, Process, Flow & Control
  • Digital & Automation technologies
  • Health & Safety, Environmental & Regulatory
  • Chemical Logistics, Storage, Handling & Fulfilment
  • Chemical Sector Laboratory/R&D
  • Asset Management, Site Operational & Maintenance
  • Sector Skills & Training
  • Sector Partners & Intelligence…

2-Day integrated conference

A packed ‘free to attend’ 2-day speaker programme presented 2021 attendees with some 150+ expert speakers, across the four integrated show floor stages, including feature session & panels discussing the big trends, challenges, opportunities & innovations affecting the UK’s chemical industries.

Speakers and guest panellists were drawn from across the sector, contributing to some 40+ hours of overall vital market intelligence, tech insight, best practice, case studies, solutions updates and more, for attendee groups. Big topics taking centre stage this year included Sustainability/NetZero, Post-Brexit, Green Chemistry/ Biobased, Process Intensification, Digitisation & Automation, Innovation, UK REACH, Sector Skills..and more

Great to be back ‘live’

Summing up, Stone commented “Nothing beats the ‘live’ trade show experience for networking and connections, vital intelligence, ideas, inspiration, and just soaking up your sector’s current position. You can also see what is happening immediately ‘over the horizon’ as well as longer term, in a dynamic, spontaneous, and visually engaging way; empowering and informing those crucial next steps…. Can’t wait to welcome the industry back in 2022!”

… And dates for Diary: CHEMUK 2022,
11-12 May 2022 (NEC Birmingham)