Recognition for Spiroflow founder at PPMA Awards

Recognition for Spiroflow founder at PPMA Awards

Spiroflow, the Clitheroe-based manufacturer of dry ingredients conveying and bulk bag handling equipment, is celebrating the achievement of its co-chairman and president, Michel Podevyn, in being presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the recent PPMA Industry Awards.

The event, which was held at the National Conference Centre, Birmingham, represents a coming together of more than 400 industry professionals and influencers from the world of processing and packaging machinery and recognises the finest examples of innovation, smart manufacturing and entrepreneurship.

During a 45 year career in the industry, Michel’s leadership is widely recognised as being pioneering and influential. Being a pioneer of the ‘flexible screw conveyor’ and its successful application in the food, chemical and mineral industries, Michel, is best known for being the driving force behind making his company, Spiroflow, the market-leading global enterprise that it is today. In a wider context and as an example of his far reaching influence, Spiroflow was one of the founding members of the UK’s leading specialist association for the solids handling and processing industry, SHAPA.

In accepting the award, Michel said: “I am delighted to receive this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the industry. As I near retirement, I have an abundance of wonderful memories from my career at Spiroflow. I am incredibly proud of those around me who have helped make this life’s challenge such an enjoyable and remarkable journey, in particular the team of both experienced and young engineers who continue to drive the company forward to explore new design methodology and improvements.”

Michel Podevyn with son James Podevyn at the awards

Spiroflow designs powder handling systems, including specialised conveyors and bulk bag handling equipment. The company’s technical and engineering expertise has led to it developing an international reputation for an unrivalled range of products.