StocExpo Europe’s 2018 conference and exhibition recently took place in Ahoy, Rotterdam.
Attracting an international audience from over 70 countries worldwide, the event welcomed thousands of high level decision makers to explore the challenges and opportunities presented in what is now a highly dynamic market. Visitors attended from world leading oil majors, terminals, and investment companies; including CEOs, directors, terminal managers, investors, senior engineers, and procurement managers from Shell, Vopak, VTTI, Rubis Terminal, Vesta Terminals, Bilfinger, Odfjell Terminals, Stolthaven Terminals, and Kinder Morgan among many others.
Alongside this, the highly anticipated conference programme, delivered by leading experts, covered subjects including terminal process safety, market analysis and growth opportunities, the latest industry regulations, the future of terminals, and technical and operational excellence. The conference programme included thought provoking and highly topical content from Jane Ren of Atomiton, and Mark Noordhoek Hegt of Vopak who described how digitisation is set to transform the industry. Paulo Nery of Genscape and Onur Capan of VTTI provided a market analysis overview and predicted the future of the market both within Europe and globally. With safety being so important in the industry, Sally Martin from Shell and Christopher Beale from BASF were both also popular speakers as they addressed process safety fundamentals implemented within their companies.
Commenting on the success of the event, Earl Crochet, Director of Engineering at Kinder Morgan commented, “This is my second time attending StocExpo Europe and I enjoyed it even more than the first. The speakers were exceptional, both in content and delivery and the topics were very relevant to today’s tank storage industry. I look forward to attending again!”. Ethward Manuel, General Manager at Bopec N.V. agreed, “This is an excellent opportunity to exchange experience and learn about the latest developments in the tank storage industry”.
Nick Powell, StocExpo & Tank Storage Divisional Director said, “StocExpo Europe has enjoyed another successful year yet again and it’s been great to see so many new initiatives come to life that were so well received, including the late-night opening, start-up zone and the Innovation in Storage programme led by EEMUA and iTanks. As a forum for discussion – whether it’s trading conditions, capacity projections, or technology advances – this event truly fulfils the industry’s needs and is reflected by the huge support we have received from exhibitors, media, and attendees over the years”.
Talk amongst the delegates during the networking breakout sessions was focused on how the tank terminal industry needs to adapt to changes in the market. The accompanying exhibition was the backdrop for a number of innovative product and service launches. This provided excellent networking opportunities for visitors, allowing them time to discuss some of the most pertinent issues affecting the industry as well as gain insight into new technology and innovations on the market.
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