Valve World Asia 2013

Valve World Asia 2013 – a big success!

Taking place on 11 and 12 September 2013 in Suzhou, China, the Valve World Asia Expo & Conference 2013 was the most successful Asian valve event ever. This year, the fifth time the event took place, Valve World Asia grew not only in numbers but also in the quality of conference attendees and expo visitors since the beginning of the show in Shanghai in 2005. In order to provide an overview for those people who could not make it to Suzhou, we have collected some impressions and information on how the Valve World Asia Conference & Expo went - and those who were there can relive the event one more time.

Following the official opening ceremony, the gates to the expo halls of the Suzhou Expo Center were opened for the exhibitors and visitors and the conference sessions kicked off with a set of seven keynote presentations. The first keynote was held by Valve World Asia Conference Chairwoman Ms. Nicole Zhang from BASF Asia Pacific. She held her presentation about the valve demand within BASF’s Asian Pacific region in Chinese and English at the same time in order to address all conference attendees alike without simultaneous translation (which was offered for all conference sessions).

After the lunch and networking break the conference continued in separate sessions. One session focused on Valve design issues (with presentations from China, UK and Italy) and another session was a nuclear session. The third session was a masterclass held by Ingolf Fra Holmslet from Norway. His masterclass offered attendees the opportunity to learn about gate valve selection and accessories needed on the valve. He focused on the pros and cons in valve selection and looked into the possibilities of maintenance when using gate valves.

Although the conference programme on the both days seemed pretty full and offered a variety of topics, enough delegates found their way to the expo hall to visit companies. The aisles between the stands were filled with people and speaking to a number of exhibitors, they were really happy with the quality of visitors. This increasing quality was partially due to the fact that there was an entrance fee for accessing the expo hall. But of course that was not the only reason, the quality of products and technologies that the exhibitors had put on display was better than ever (an overview of this was available in Valve World August 2013 in the Hot Product section).

As a concluding remark, exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates as well as the organizers can look back on a great fifth edition of Valve World Asia Conference & Expo as being the most successful Asian valve event to date.
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