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The Australian Society of Bulk Solids Handling (ASBSH) last week awarded Neil Kinder with a prestigious award for his “outstanding personal contribution in the field of bulk materials handling”.  The award was announced on November 5th as part of the Australian Bulk Handling Review’s annual awards, with Neil receiving his award from Professor Mark Jones of the Newcastle University.

It is the 10th year of the awards, promoted as the “Night of Nights” for the Bulk Materials Handling Industry and the evening of celebrations was hosted at Sydney’s Darling Harbour.  Other awards announced during the event were:  Innovative Technology; Dust Control Technology; Application or Practice; Excellence in the Application of Gears, Motors or Drives; Excellence in Transport and/or Conveying; Environmental Project of the Year; Excellence in Engineering Photography; A.W. Roberts Award, champion young engineer (ASBSH); Best Practice in WH&S; Bulk Handling Facility of the Year (Resources and Infrastructure) and also (Manufacturing and Processing); and lastly, Supplier of the Year (which Kinder Australia had won previously in 2008).  (CLICK HERE to link to ABHR)

Neil commented that he was honoured to receive the award and to be considered by his peers as contributing to an industry where there is so much engineering expertise and intelligence. He attributed his success to his ability to listen and observe early signs of bulk handling problems, and be quick to provide a solution that would excel in performance expectations.

Neil began his career at Box Hill Technical School, as it was called then, after Year 11. His career began in large earthmoving equipment, and then heavy process equipment in the mining industry at a time of intense mining and industrial development around Australia. Some of the significant installation projects that Neil was involved with include:

  • Coal handling port facilities in Queensland and NSW;
  • Metalliferous mines in Queensland and WA;
  • Bauxite handling facilities in Queensland and WA;
  • The State Electricity Commission’s development in the Latrobe Valley;
  • Major coal mining and wash plants in NSW and Queensland;
  • Many iron ore projects and port facilities in WA; and
  • The Mount Isa mines expansions and development of conveyor upgrades.

Neil has always had a keen global interest in the engineered bulk materials handling solutions, as well as a natural understanding of marketing and its significant importance in the development of a company. He decided to develop his own Kinder K branded equipment, and bring these products to Australia for the advantage of the industry across the country. The customer base of Kinder Australia now includes grain, sugar and salt operations, mining and minerals processing, the extractive and quarrying industry, bulk operations, port and train terminals, as well as timber, paper and pulp plants. Kinder & Co recently changed its name to Kinder Australia, to better represent its position in the global market.

For more information on your specific requirements, contact Kinder Australia on +61 38587 9111 or email Kinder