StocExpo Middle East Africa – the region’s only dedicated event for the oil and gas storage industry – came to a close after two intense days of business meetings and networking, having seen industry professionals from over 40 countries (of which 87 percent were from the UAE or other GCC countries) pass through the doors of Dubai World Trade Centre.
Visitors included CEOs, managing directors, terminal managers, senior engineers and investors, representing key global and regional storage companies including Saudi Aramco, BP Middle East, ADNOC, ENOC, GPS CHEMOIL, Oman Tank Terminal, Fujairah Oil Terminal, Port of Salalah and the National Bank of Abu Dhabi.
Reflecting a visitor satisfaction rating of 98 percent, visitors and delegates were keen to share their thoughts on the show:
“The conference provides valuable information on market trends and how to adapt to changes, which are vital for our company success. As a supporter of the show, StocExpo Middle East Africa also gives us a platform to increase brand awareness, maintain our market share and understand our neighboring terminals.” Karteek Rao, Deputy Manager & Business Development - Terminals, Gulf Petrochem
“This is one of the best events with regards to the tank farming and oil stocks in the GCC and African regions.” Faizanul Haque. Marketing Executive, Fujairah Freezone.
“The show represents all solutions related to tank farm and related products available under one roof.” Khurram Khan, Head of Sales Oil & Gas, Siemens.
“Attending the show saves us a lot of time, by being able to meet all our business partners under one roof. We’ve come across may new contractors, services producers and suppliers that will be useful to our business.” Abdirazak Saeed, Business Development Consultant – Chemicals, Oil & Gas, BiLFINGER
Many of the suppliers exhibiting at the show used the event to launch new products to the region’s bulk liquid storage sector. This undoubtedly played an important part in attracting the many senior decision-makers and buyers to the show.
Exhibitor Mohit Agarwal, Regional Sales Manager at Pentair commented: “StocExpo Middle East Africa has been a useful event as it caters to a niche market and hence attracts visitors specific to the trade. We look forward to being part of this event next year!”
Riza Altunergil, VP Business Development at ERGIL who was also the winner of the Best Marketing Campaign award, agreed: “StocExpo Middle East Africa is one of the most important events of the tank terminal industry, and is a great place to meet with existing and new clients and to learn about the market trends.”
The conference drew senior speakers from top regional oil companies, tank terminal operators, traders, financiers and regulators, with conference sessions focusing on the most significant trends, challenges and opportunities facing the tank storage industry in the Middle East and Africa.
Commenting on this, Satush VP, Managing Director at Neuro Technology Middle East commented: “One of the most informative conferences in the industry sector!”
Ashok Masand, Head of Sales at Global Engg. Solutions FZCO also commented by saying “Wonderful conference with particularly interesting topics relevant to the storage industry.”
Nick Powell, Divisional Director of Easyfairs’ StocExpo and Tank Storage Events Portfolio concludes: “I am delighted by the amount of positive feedback we had from our attendees. The new initiatives we launched this year including the Gold Club Scheme ensured we had the highest level of attendees from the region’s most highly regarded oil companies. I would also like to thank our show supporters; ENOC, Fujairah Oil Terminal, GPS Chemoil, Gulf Petrochem, Hamriyah Free Zone Authority (HFZA), Siddco Group, Star Energy Oiltanking and Socar Aurora for their continued support. As we look to 2018, we can already see new areas of growth for the show and look forward to delivering the region’s leading oil and gas event.”
The next edition of StocExpo Middle East Africa will take place in Dubai on April 17 and 18, 2018.