11th IPB a great success

The 11th International Powder & Bulk Solids Processing Conference & Exhibition (IPB), held from October 15 to 17, 2013, at the Shanghai International Exhibition Center (INTEX), has come to a fruitful close. 166 exhibitors from eleven countries showcased the latest technologies for processing powder, granules, and bulk solids in a display venue of more than 2,349 square meters. The next IPB will take place from October 14 to 16, 2014, at the INTEX, Shanghai.

During the three-day show, IPB 2013 attracted 6,446 visitors from 24 countries and regions. Visitors came from a wide variety of industries, among them the chemical industry (30 percent), mechanical and plant engineering (12 percent), the pharmaceutical industry (10 percent), food and feed manufacturing (nine percent), and the mining industry (six percent). Approximately 350 visitors at the parallel U.K.-China International Particle Technology Forum discussed recent advances and identified future research directions in particle science and technology. The conference is held every two years, either in the U.K. or China. This year's attendees included engineers and scientists who were also key buyers at IPB. For more information on the forum:

Satisfied exhibitors
NürnbergMesse China and the Chinese Society of Particuology jointly organize China's annual "one-stop-shop" trade show for all industries focusing on mixing, conveying, milling, screening, and granulating. Over the past eleven years, IPB has become the most important international platform for the powder and bulk sector in China. Almost every fifth exhibitor was international: The top exhibiting nations after China were Germany, Japan, and the U.S. Leading international companies like Hosokawa, NEUMAN & ESSER, and Malvern – and local Chinese brands including the MiYou Group – participated in IPB. The products on display included basic mechanical processing and nano particle technologies, measurement and control systems, and many more. According to a trade show survey, 80 percent of the exhibitors were satisfied with the professional qualifications and competence of the trade visitors:
91 percent explained that they were able to reach their most important target groups at IPB 2013. Every ninth exhibitor expected follow-up business due to contacts made during the trade show.

Informative supporting program
The high-caliber exhibition was complemented by an edifying supporting program. BS&B Safety System Asia Pacific hosted the workshop "Industrial dust explosion risk management." FilterSense reported on "Particulate monitoring, baghouse diagnostic applications, and benefits in the powder and bulk industry." Zhangjiagang Fanchang Machinery organized a seminar on the topic "Mixing, measurement, and transport of powder materials." Another highlight at IPB 2013 was the workshop "Optimizing dry powder measurements" held by HORIBA Trading in the ShanghaiMart nearby INTEX.

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