CHEMUK 2023 records a 41% increase in visitors


CHEMUK 2023 opened its doors on May 10 and 11 at the NEC in Birmingham to a record attendance of 3,956 visitors (excluding exhibitor staff) over the two days, representing an increase of 41% from the 2022 edition. The total two-day attendance (visitors plus exhibitors) was 5,559.

Summing up this year’s event, CHEMUK show founder, Ian Stone, said: “The industry is now responding to the single’ destination experience’ of CHEMUK providing deliberately segmented zones of specialist industry capability and solutions, supported with unmissable intelligence, whilst at the same time uniting the entire UK chemical industries’ value chain’ under one giant roof annually”.

A dedicated video address from the Minister of State at the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology, George Freeman, underpinned a comprehensive UK Government presence and input across the two days, with show floor presence and vital conference input from the Department for Business and Trade, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and Health and Safety Executive.

Sustainability was the common thread across the event this year, with progressive energy and emissions reduction solutions, process optimisation and greater operational efficiency of petrochemical-based plants, through to a wealth of coverage on developing ‘green chemistry’ innovation supporting the transition towards bio-based chemicals and downstream products. Industrial Biotechnology and Bio-process innovations were reflected across all three zones and extensively through the conference programmes.

The 2023 show saw the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) join an already impressive line-up of supporting industry and trade bodies both on the show floor and hosting crucial intelligence and keynotes across the integrated CHEMUK conference. This included the likes of CBA, BCA, BASA, BioVale, BCMPA, BPMA, CPI, CCUK, IBioIC, GAMBICA, NEPIC, SIA, and InnovateUK KTN, to name a few.

CHEMUK has become the destination in the UK where all the key bodies, major companies, and industry stakeholder groups embracing organic and inorganic synthetics, formulation chemistry, analytical and materials chemistry, industrial biotechnology, and chemical and process engineering are ‘predictably’ in the same ‘time’ and ‘space’, under one giant roof, alongside a wealth of downstream chemical-dependent industries.

Plaudits came from visitors and exhibitors alike. Commenting on the event, the Operations Director at Eternis Fine Chemicals UK Ltd said: “There is nothing like this in the UK, and it is a must for anyone working in the chemical industry. It is an opportunity to find out what is happening in your area and others, discuss opportunities with exhibitors showing their novel ideas and also to meet up with old and new connections.” While another visitor likened the event to ‘Disney for Chemists’.

The General Manager of exhibitor SAFI UK said: “The show was a great success for SAFI Valves – this was our 3rd year in a row exhibiting, and the show gets better and better each year for us.” With fellow exhibitor, a Sales Engineer at Marshall Pumps, adding: “The show was buzzing from the first morning, and we hardly stopped for breath. People looking for pump system builders and solutions to the more difficult pumping applications visited us in their droves. It already feels like another successful CHEMUK show for us, which is why we did not hesitate to sign up again for next year.”

CHEMUK 2024 is scheduled to run on May 15 and 16, 2024, at the NEC, Birmingham.



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