SHAPA are the UK's leading specialist association for the solids handling and processing industry

All our members are established specialists within their fields, and have the experience and commercial standing to provide quality, cost-effective solutions for all aspects of mechanisation for bulk materials handling and storage, conveyors, dust collection and control, instrumentation, mixers, big bag handling, sampling systems, sieves, valves and weighing systems and equipment.

Connections re-established


It is well established that the SHAPA membership comprises many exceptional companies in bulk materials handling and processing, their combined experience and knowledge amounting to a few centuries. All are merely a few “clicks” away on the SHAPA website . This is an invaluable resource for all project engineers and specifiers engaged in new projects, updating plant and installations, or simply looking for life extending efficient maintenance.
This leading resource is continually evolving with new technical papers being added all the time. At a time when many of us feel isolated and working from home, you can be assured that the information on the SHAPA website is up to date and validated by experts from the solids and bulk handling industry. This allows buyers to connect with expert suppliers more quickly. Other website features, including the Technical Section, containing a wealth of useful data, technical papers, application sheets, links to the business helpline and innovation funding partners.
Technical and commercial issues affecting members and the industry at large form a large part of the SHAPA effort and during the July General Meeting there will be an update on how SHAPA and the government through BEIS and DIT can help our industry survive and thrive during the coronavirus pandemic.
SHAPA not only holds but also refines knowledge within the solids and bulk handling industries, whilst our industrial manufacturers actively refine their products to handle the ever-increasing demands of handling many types and sizes of granular and powdered materials. within the SHAPA Product Finder can be found specialists for example, in sieves, screens, separators, sifters and shakers, as well as classifiers for materials in all quantities. Such equipment may be used for QA sampling or production in batches or continuous processes. Because of the extremely broad applications spectrum, the science of particle separation and classification requires very specialised knowledge of the product character as well as the entire process. Robust screens to progressively separate quarried minerals, for example from coarse aggregates to sub-micron fines, obviously require a very different approach to the sieving of delicate pharmaceutical materials. Again, difficult materials may adhere or agglomerate requiring such techniques as ultra-sonics to enable successful sieving and accurate size classification. Diverse products such as zinc, powder coatings, gypsum or rice meal need expert treatment.

SHAPA member companies have continual access to the latest knowledge and data, disseminated to the membership via papers, industry seminars and through networking during Association General Meetings. This dynamic, modern approach has been key to nearly 40 years’ success – for the benefit of all manufacturers and suppliers and importantly, to installers and users across a huge range of industries.

Companies, Consultants, Project Managers and all those involved with new solids handling projects or updating existing process plant should head for the Equipment Finder on the SHAPA website – just a click or two away and also take time to download the total Cost of Ownership document ensuring the newly installed equipment meets the needs and long term financial requirements of the project. Alternatively email your enquiry direct to or make contact by phone on 01904 373040.

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