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Key Speaker for BULKEX16 is announced

The Materials Handling Engineers Association is delighted to announce its first key speaker for BULKEX16.

Martin Downey, Bulk Terminal and Operational Engineering Director at The Bristol Port Company will take centre stage at the industry event when it takes place at Harrogate International Centre this autumn on Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 October.

As Bulk Terminal and Operational Engineering Director at Bristol Port, Martin Downey is skilled in all aspects of bulk handling and port engineering.

In his role, he is responsible for handling a variety of bulk cargoes including coal, biomass, stone, animal feed and grain from transhipment, unloading, storage to reloading.

Highly experienced in the commercial logistics and demographics of the UK bulk market, Martin’s knowledge ranges across all areas of aggregates extraction, processing, distribution and marketing with further experience of coated materials, the recycling of secondary aggregates and land filling of waste.

His experience includes managing several joint ventures, developing team relationships, motivating workforces and dealing with all levels of staff and executive personnel including those within other companies and external agencies such as local and central government.

In Bristol, Martin is responsible for the purchase, maintenance and development of equipment for one of the world’s most technically advanced ports.

Other key speakers are set to be announced. Registration to attend BULKEX16 is free and this year’s programme will cover areas including power, mining, steel, ports and cement.  Speakers will include some of the industry’s most leading figures.

Michael Kaye, President of the Materials Handling Engineers Association believes this year’s BULKEX16 will be a highlight of the bulk and materials handling calendar.

He said:  “We are delighted that Martin Downey from The Bristol Port Company is able to join us and present at BULKEX16 and share his considerable experience and insights with colleagues from across the bulk and materials handling industry.

“Martin is responsible for the UK’s second largest coal import terminal, handling six million tonnes per annum at its peak and supplying fuel for six of the UK’s power stations.  Prior to that, he worked in the quarrying industry for 14 years, extracting a wide variety of products throughout the country, culminating in managing a super quarry in the North West before moving into the port industry. We look forward to welcoming Martin to BULKEX16.”

Those wishing to attend can sign up now.  Tickets to the event are free.


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