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StocExpo 2016 Boasts Strongest Conference Programme to Date

18 February 2016

Vopak, the Port of Antwerp, National Bank of Belgium, Gulf Petrochem and the Port of Tarragona are just some of the major names speaking at StocExpo 2016, which is taking place at Antwerp Expo on 15-17 March.

The conference programme has local and global themes running throughout, reaffirming its position as the world’s leading international event for the tank terminal industry.

The highly practical conference, designed specifically for traders, regulators, key decision makers and terminal operators will see 30 experts discussing everything tank storage, from creating value and investment opportunities to updates on regulations and tank integrity. 

Vladimir Belkovsky, Managing Director at Cophaspec Trading, will explore the regional imbalances of demand and supply, taking a close look at the improving relationship between terminals and traders.

Tank storage is an attractive business for investors and Iain Macleod, Partner at iCON Infrastructure will be detailing why. He will talk about the different investor types, objectives and outlooks, plus he will elaborate on investments made so far and how they have performed.

Safety and security always have a big role to play at StocExpo and the 2016 show is no different. Krzysztof Szymichowski, Head of Operations, Marine Oil Terminal at Naftoport will take to the stage to present ‘Marine Oil Terminal Naftoport security of oil supplies’. During his talk Szymichowski will touch upon crude oil logistics in Central and Eastern Europe, Baltic Sea oil transportation perspectives, terminal technologies, ecological challenges and the security of supplies.

Staying with the safety theme will be Mike O’Brien, Head of Marketing at Newson Gale, who will present the latest European (2015) and US (2014) guidance for preventing fires and explosions caused by static electricity. 

Technology and efficiency is a new focus for the StocExpo 2016 programme. Eduard J. Smits, Manufacturing IT, MES at Accenture, will explain the convergence of IT and OT in terminal operations. He will also outline how to align a business process with the IT needs of today’s real-time digital companies. 

As part of this theme, Frank Kouwenberg, BD & Sales Manager at Cool Sorption a will discuss ‘preventative maintenance for vapour recovery systems’, highlighting possible reductions in costs and downtime, which this can deliver.

Nick Powell, Event Manager of the Easyfairs’ Tank Storage Portfolio comments: “In such a competitive sector it is important that we do all we can to help our visitors and delegates stay ahead of the curve. This is why we put so much effort into our conference, constantly looking for new content, speakers and practical information that we can pass on. As the leading event of its kind we thought that we should enhance our sessions for 2016, giving them a more international feel, whilst also addressing important local themes. It’s easily our most complete conference to date.” 

StocExpo 2016 also features a packed exhibition hall, with over 200 suppliers from across the globe using the show to launch products and services into the market. For more information on visiting the exhibition, booking as a delegate for the conference or becoming a media partner, please call +44 (0)20 8843 8800 or visit the event website. 

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