Some 6800 trade visitors came to the eighth edition of Solids Dortmund on 10.05.–11.05.2017, 3 % more than to the previous edition. The organiser Easyfairs attracted this large, expert audience at least partly through the offerings of its high-quality lecture programme, which enriched the experience of visitors and the 500 exhibitors alike. Throughout the event, representatives from business and academia continually presented information relevant to technologies for granules, powders and bulk solids materials on three lecture stages. Industry experts discussed industry trends and technologies, both in theory and in practice.
However, the onsite visitor survey showed that Solids Dortmund 2017 excelled not only in quantity but also in quality: 92 % of visitors rated the show as “good” or “very good”, while 94 % of exhibitors said the show was a “significant sales platform” and a “must-attend event”. Both groups identified as a show highlight the lectures on the open stages of the Innovation and Solution Centres. There, experienced experts presented lectures on the latest technologies for granules, powders and bulk solids at both theoretical and practical levels. The diverse topics were illustrated through application cases and best practices, as well as the latest information from science and research.
Guided Tours featured visits
to the stands of key exhibitors
For the topic of “Safe transport of powder and bulk solids in potentially explosive environments”, Easyfairs was able to recruit a team from the renowned trade journal “Verfahrenstechnik” (Process Engineering). Editor-in-Chief Eva Linder curated a programme featuring high-profile speakers, including Fraunhofer IML and IAB Weimar on Logistics FIX – Multimodal Bulk Transport, Bulk Material Simulations and Recycling of Construction Materials, respectively. Professors and scientists presented state-of-the-art research and touched on many future-oriented subjects.
Another highlight were the Guided Tours through the exhibition, which were organised by Dr. Petra Strunk, Editor-in-Chief from the AT Mineral Processing magazine of the Bauverlag BV GmbH (www.at-minerals.com), and which treated participants to ten-minute teasers at pre-selected exhibitor stands. This year, the focus areas of the Guided Tours were: Filling, Mixing, Conveying, Screening and Crushing and Filtration, Dedusting, Moisture Measurement, Explosion Protection and Conveying. The tours stopped at the stands of Siemens, RUD Chains and CADFEM, as well as Liebherr-Mischtechnik, Freudenberg Filtration Technologies and Keller Lufttechnik, among others.
1100 guests at the evening
event with award ceremony
For the first time, the evening event for exhibitors, visitors and conference participants took place on 10.05.2017 in the arena of the neighboring Ice Sports Centre. 1100 guests witnessed the presentation of the two show awards to FTK Förderbandtechnik Kilian GmbH (Solids) and Spaleck GmbH & Co. KG (Recycling-Technik). Melanie Kilian from the FTK and Andreas Ahler, Managing Director of Spaleck, accepted the prizes of € 5000 each.
With its modular design and extensive show programme, Solids Dortmund has become one of the most important trade shows for granules, powders and bulk solids technologies. Preparations are already underway for the next edition of Solids and Recycling-Technik, which will run concurrently on 07.11.-08.11.2018 in Dortmund.