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StocExpo Europe reports industry optimism

27th March 2018

StocExpo Europe’s conference and exhibition successfully came to a close in Ahoy, Rotterdam last week after a busy and informative three days.

StocExpo Europe’s conference and exhibition

Attracting an international audience from over 70 countries worldwide, the event welcomed thousands of high level decision makers to the Ahoy, Rotterdam 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 & 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.

Exhibitors are keen to express their thoughts and feedback on this year’s StocExpo Europe:

·       Lucas Ribeiro, International Sales Manager Downstream Oil & Gas, Implico “Implico has been exhibiting at StocExpo Europe for many years. It is a great place to catch up on the latest developments in the industry and to meet partners and existing & potential customers.”

·       “We travelled from South Korea to exhibit at StocExpo Europe for the overwhelming amount of companies we can meet within our industry. The atmosphere of the show is so exciting and friendly and we have had a lot of fun” -  Sungoh Im, Sales Team Dk-Lok corporation.

·       Sharé Mason, Business Development Manager, SA Fire Protection comments, “This is an exciting show, with vibrant energy and a great balance of high quality, international visitors”.

·       Jason Smith, Director at Innospection comments that “StocExpo has been really valuable for Innospection this year.  The show was well attended by clients from as far afield as North Africa and right across Europe and we’ve experienced a great amount of traffic to our stand.  This has resulted in a number of promising discussions with people and has been a great way for us to build on existing relationships with local and international industries partners.”

·       Armelle Chavenet, Content Marketing Manager, Bertin Technologies said, “This was a very valuable show, the attendance is really targeted and we had nice conversations and numerous business opportunities.”

·       Stefanie Lammel, Business Development Manager at M+F Technologies also comments “StocExpo Europe was a great exhibition to target high quality leads from the oil industry. M+F Technologies has again been recognized as an indispensable global player in the oil industry”.

StocExpo Europe will be returning to Ahoy, Rotterdam next year from 26-28 March 2019. The next tank storage event takes place in Asia, Singapore on the 26 & 27th September 2018.  For more information please contact Nick Powell; nick@stocexpo.com

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