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.

Health of the Nation


The need for solid health and safety systems, procedures and practices are more important than ever as we move out of the European and Customs union into the wider world sometimes using the World Trade Organisation rules for the global market. While it is hoped that in time that the UK will negotiate reciprocal trade agreements with many of our trading partners throughout the world, there is a need to make sure we do not miss out on opportunities during this period of change.

However, while this is a major priority for the UK government with negotiations already started with the EU and the US there is another crisis developing that has the potential to overshadow these negotiations. At the present time the Covid-19 is rampaging its way through the world with increasing infection rates and its effect on global business. Already the major stock markets have taken a major tumble that may take years to recover from, and international supply chains are starting to breakdown especially those from China Spain and Italy.

The current uncertain situation is starting to have implications on new business as travel restrictions are now in place in many countries across the world and exhibitions are being postponed to later in the year or been cancelled all together for 2020. This does not mean that we must shut up shop until the crisis is over, but the exact opposite needs to be undertaken, while all that are able to are being requested to work from home, there is still a need to carry on innovating and manufacturing. The need for differentiation from our worldwide competitors is now more than ever vital for our long-term future and by being more professional, innovative and providing reliable systems is one way to ensure we can all succeed in these challenging times. This is where Shapa can help with 110-member organisations covering all aspects of the Solids handling industry from powder testing to full turnkey bulk handling systems.
Celebrating Success

This year SHAPA Solids Handling Industry awards are now in their sixth year and the quality of the nominations is outstanding. This year’s categories include innovation, export, newcomer and company of the year. This year the solids handling industry award announcements and AGM are to take place using an online platform ensuring that its business as usual for SHAPA as its continues to offer help and advice to its members. Continuing the help and support for the solids handling industry SHAPA have recently published two more technical papers, Total cost of Ownership and How to Prepare a Case Study, these papers are available to download from the technical section of the SHAPA Website at

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