Mark Rimmer, StocExpo & Tank Storage Portfolio Divisional Director, comments: “StocExpo celebrated its 15th anniversary this year and the fact that the number of visitors has increased substantially is testament to the event’s importance for the industry. It clearly provides the opportunity to meet and do business efficiently and effectively, all under one roof. It was great to see that the hall was constantly a hive of activity – feedback from exhibitors was that multi-million Euro deals were being made on stands from day one.”
Roberto Mirapeix, Technical Manager at Alkion Terminals, said: “The event is an important tool for our business as a number of areas are important to us. StocExpo Europe is a great event, it opens the imagination to resolve future problems so I will definitely be returning.”
Emerson, Honeywell, J. de Jonge, Matrix Applied Technologies, Siemens and Verwater were among the 200 suppliers, partners and industry associations that exhibited at the show, with several using the event to launch new products to the market. Key terminals, such as Stolthaven Terminals and Inter Terminals, also exhibited for the very first time at StocExpo, making it bigger and stronger than ever before.
Lucas Ribeiro, Downstream IT Expert at Implico Group, said: “This year, Implico exhibited at StocExpo for the 14th time. As in previous years, the show was a success for us. Our meetings with partners and prospects went very well and we are looking forward to following up on the excellent relationships we established at StocExpo 2019 in the weeks and months to come.”
Tom van Herp, Business Development Manager at DTN, said: “StocExpo continues to be a great networking event. We have been participating for several years now and it remains the place to be for our industry.”
Over thirty thought-leaders delivered in-depth sessions, presentations and debates during the highly-anticipated conference programme. Steven van Belleghem, the world-renowned motivational speaker, delivered a thought-provoking keynote talk at the start of day two.
Key industry challenges, developments and solutions, such as IMO 2020, the rise of new technologies – AI, cyber-security and automation – geopolitical uncertainty and the energy transition, were discussed by CEOs, Terminal Managers and Analysts from companies such as Shell, Alpha Terminals and LBC Tank Terminals during the engaging three-day conference programme.
The Innovation Theatre, hosted by EEMUA, iTanks and German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA), provided a platform for roundtables on key issues, including cyber security, energy transition and the impact of H2 on assets, plus terminal optimisation in terms of safety, innovation and digitalisation.
StocExpo also hosted the prestigious Tank Storage Awards ceremony, taking place on the first evening of the show. The 2019 event hosted storage professionals from Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, the US and Europe to celebrate terminal achievements, equipment innovations, as well as individual success. Shell Haven, Euro Tank Terminal, Vopak Terminal Eemshaven, North Sea Port and EEMUA were among the winners.
For information on visiting the exhibition in 2020, booking as a delegate for the conference or exhibiting, please call +44 (0)20 3196 4300 or visit www.stocexpo.com