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.

Bulk materials handling, storage and explosion protection

The SHAPA membership can provide all the major components required to construct a Bulk Materials Storage and Handling System. Several members have the expertise and resources to provide complete turn-key systems. Many offer performance guarantees, operative training and ongoing after-sales service, including maintenance contracts. Training in the specialist technologies required to ensure the proper design and operation of Bulk Materials Storage and Handling Systems is offered either through members or SHAPA itself.

Bin activators and dischargers

Bulk materials handling systems

Bin activators

Bulk materials handling systems

Bin dischargers

Process plant systems

Discharge aids


Silo dischargers


Bulk storage and hoppers

Explosion protection

Bulk hoppers and storage bins

Explosion protection equipment


Explosion vents


Flameless explosion vents



Silo cleaning

Silo Outloading Equipment

Acoustic cleaners

Loading Spouts

Silo cleaning equipment


Silo cleaning services


Many major processors of dry bulk solids have the in-house resources to engineer their own bulk materials storage and handling systems - complete with explosion protection, where required. For such customers, SHAPA members offer the key building blocks from Silos, Hoppers, Discharge Aids, IBCs, right through to the Conveyors, Elevators and Processing Machines (listed under other categories) and the all-important Explosion Protection required when handling finely divided chemicals and organic materials.

For those requiring others to handle the design, manufacture and installation of complete turn-key bulk materials handling systems, there are no better suppliers than those among the SHAPA membership. Many are leaders in this field, offering performance guarantees that give you the assurance and peace of mind required when making a major investment.

For customers installing their own systems; silos, hoppers and other bulk containers have to perform. Several tonnes of material bridging, segregating or rat-holing in a silo is a serious problem. Proper silo design, where appropriate including dehumidification, discharge aids, contents indication and venting, is critical.
Silo Discharge Aids can be retrofitted to existing silos or bins that become problematic through change of use. Several SHAPA members are well skilled in the design of Silos and Silo Discharge Devices. Other members offer independent troubleshooting advice for such circumstances.

In the event of a silo becoming blocked or requiring a clean when its use is changed, there are specialist Silo Cleaning Services offered by the SHAPA membership.



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10th Anniversary Digital Marketing Workshop

Details of the 10th annual digital marketing workshop have been released, download the flyer for the event here and a booking form to make sure you do not miss out on this vital workshop which will give you the tools to improve your digital marketing profile

Health of the Nation

The need for solid health and safety systems procedures and practices is more important than ever as we move out of the European and customs union into World Trade Organisation rules for the global market read more here....

Only three weeks left to enter the 2018 Solids Handling industry awards - dont miss out

Learning to succeed

Many companies are founded on the back of an innovative idea by forward thinking people skilled in design, engineering, project management, marketing or other discipline. Whilst still small, the skills required to operate all aspects may possibly be gained by the founder. In former, less complicated times this may have been true as the firm expanded, but the pace of change of technology, standards and legislation as well as in marketing and particularly in financial accounting necessitates constant learning and improvement. The huge range of applications and processes served by our industry just adds to this challenge.....

Shapa's Arkwright Student posts her second Blog

Reaching the end of a very busy Christmas term, we have lots to look back on, such as assisting backstage with the school play and Christmas concert, as well as designing and manufacturing the F1 in Schools Car....

SHAPA January Meeting

The next General meeting will be held on the 24th January at the George Hotel in Lichfield starting at 10:00
Find out about OEE and GDPR, along with all the usual networking oppertunities.
for more details email Ian at and download the agenda

Applications are invited for the 2018 Solids Handling Industry awards

Shapa has launched the 2018 Solids Handling Industry awards, these awards are now open to all UK registered member and non member companies and institutions operating in the Solids Handling and Processing Industry. Application forms will be  available direct from the website from 01/12/2017 and winners will be announced and presented at the awards ceremony in the evening of 17th April 2018 more information is available in the link

2018 Solids Handling Industry Awards

Details of the award catagories and award launch date have been announced, for further information follow the link

Solids Dortmund 2018

Details have been released regarding the international Solids Handling show to be held in Dortmund on the 7th and 8th November 2018, for more information please follow the  link

CHoPS 2018

**Abstracts deadline extended to 22-12-17 ** for more information follow the link

Financial Awarness Training

This course has been especially designed for Shapa members and will include content specifically related to our industry

Who should attend ?
Anyone involved in driving their business forward e.g Managing Directors, Directors/Managers & Account Managers etc , whatever their level of financial knowledge. The workshop is designed to enable everyone to take away practical tips and strategic insight suitable to their skills and experience, whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced. So join us for and inspiring and enjoyable day out.

Download the detailed information and a booking form,today

If you can return these back to  as soon as possible so I can make the necessary arrangements and  if you feel that this course would help with someone in your close supply chain please feel free to include them.