Bulk Handling Awards Night – Industry At Its Best

The seventh annual Australian Bulk Handling Awards was held on Wednesday night at Doltone House in Pyrmont. And, I must admit that this is the first time I’ve attended this event. On the main, it was very professionally run and it seems that everyone who attended had a good time.The TV personality, Deborah Hutton, was the compere. She did a pretty good job, considering that bulk handling, mining and the like are not the normal things she gets involved with. A long way from fashion and homewares she is better known for. Mind you, she is a popular spokesperson, who gets a good handle on the product she represents. This includes Qantas, which she did for many years.I must admit that with two clients involved in this year’s event, I thought that the least I could do is show up and take some photos. Charles MacDonald, ABHR’s editor, opened the proceedings.Just an aside, I did ring Charles a few days before to make sure that I was allowed to take photos.Chris Bayliss (left) with James LauritzFlexco Australia, one of my clients, sponsored the category Excellence in Engineering Photography. This is the first time this category has been included in the awards presentation. Chris Bayliss, the company’s managing director, was there is a number of his team and their spouses to present the award.The winner was James Lauritz, who was presented with the trophy by Chris. The prize commends the best photography around terminals, stockyards, mines and bulk handling facilities. Christian Sprogoe won highly commended.My other client was Brevini Australia, who had a nomimation. I helped prepare the submission, so I knew about the nomination, after they passed the prelim review.
Mark Luyten (right) receiving award from Darren Deigan and Deborah Hutton making announcement
And, as luck would have it, Brevini Australia won Excellence in the Application of Gears, Motors or Drives for an installation of its PIVPosiplan gear units at the Genesis Xerowaste Facility at Eastern Creek, NSW.NSW sales manager, Mark Luyten, was there to receive the award from Darren Deigan of Schenck Australia, sponsors of this category. I met Darren and told him that I used to do work for Schenck some years back. Actually, I helped the company from the time it started its Australian operations.Some of the other winners include Intium Energy who won the most Innovative Technology for its Roller Condition Monitor. In Dust Control, Technology, Application or Practice, a joint nomination from Tecpro and the University of Wollongong won for a clever dust solution devised for Centennial Coal’s Mandalong mine, near Morisset in NSW.For the other winners check out Bulk Handling Review’s website.I got to meet Deborah Hutton, as well, so I can’t complain. (Photo below is proof of this.)

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