StocExpo Europe celebrated 15 years of success is it returned to The Ahoy in Rotterdam in March. The three-day exhibition and conference was attended by over 3,101 visitors – a 10 percent rise compared to the previous year.

Thousands of industry professionals, including representatives from leading oil majors, terminals and key storage players from over 80 countries worldwide, gathered at the event to see the latest innovations, discuss best practice and tackle the industry’s biggest challenges.

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.

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. His session revealed how brands are using artificial intelligence to fuel exponential growth and how the bulk liquid storage industry can use the same principles of data leverage, effortless user interfaces and augmented intelligence to win business and maintain high levels of customer service.

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.

Mark Rimmer concluded: “It’s hard to believe that it’s possible to fit so much into a three-day show, but somehow we did it! This year, numbers were up across the board, including 3,101 visitors, 200 exhibitors, over 20 hours of educational content delivered by over 30 key speakers, 12 hours of industry discussions in the Innovation Theatre, plus countless hours of networking, business meetings and socialising on the show floor. Before StocExpo Europe had even closed for another year 60 percent of exhibitors had signed up for the 2020 event – a clear demonstration of the value it brings to industry organisations around the world.”

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9th April 2019