Cost-effective solutions for bulk solids handling

Paul Boughton

The Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology is internationally recognised for its expertise in fields associated with bulk particulate handling and in the science and practical application of technologies to deliver improved process efficiencies. Its mission is to help industry to get powders and bulk materials to behave predictably through processes.

Industry sectors benefiting from its services range widely and include power generation, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, foods, plastics, paper, minerals and cosmetics. Its clients are predominantly based in the UK, although many European and overseas companies take advantage of the independent and bespoke nature of its work.

The centre has developed a portfolio of services over nearly four decades of interaction with industry, trade associations and professional bodies. It offers consultancy services to industry, conduct industrially focused research related to bulk solids handling issues and offer specialist short courses targeted at industry professionals. 

The centre is situated at the University of Greenwich's Medway Campus in Kent, where we are part of the Faculty of Engineering & Science. The location offers excellent transport links within the UK and EU enabling the centre to provide a prompt and flexible response to site visit requests and client meetings.

Its experts have between them over 100 years of experience of solving problems in the flow and processing of powders, granules and lump materials, in all industries from pharmaceuticals and food to mining and chemicals; from biomass waste and recycling to household goods and pet foods. They concentrate on the needs of the industry and share their knowledge through the provision of technical research papers, articles and editorials through the media and at conference and exhibitions where they often present papers or hold workshops.

The centre’s industrial-scale pilot plant is available to test a processing step, or mock up a whole handling process or logistics chain, at full scale or near full scale. 


Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology