Retrospect 2022

Valve World Conference & Expo

From 29 November to 1 December, the Valve World Conference 2022 was in full swing at Messe Düsseldorf. It was highly successful as a platform for bringing together experts within the industry from all over the globe. Held in combination with the Valve World Exhibition, Valve World was a dynamic and interactive event with a strong focus on personal interaction. 

An interesting and engaging programme

The Steering Committee was led by Conference Chairman Ayo Kilani from Nigeria LNG, and together they developed a programme that was both technical in nature, and engaging. “The world has evolved since we last met in 2018. The content of the conference reflects the changes that have taken place in the last four years,” Ayo Kilani stated in his opening address.

The mornings were kicked off with plenary sessions in which the speakers expertly discussed topics such as decarbonisation, the energy transition, lessons learned, and the importance of bringing young, fresh talent to the industry.

“I enjoyed the conference very much; some good and interesting topics were discussed. And it was also good to re-connect with suppliers in the exhibition hall after Covid,” says Rob Hengst, Shell Global Solutions International.”

The main topics for the sessions were:

  • Digitalisation
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Predictive maintenance
  • Fugitive emissions
  • Severe service
  • Hydrogen production
  • Decarbonisation/renewables
  • Valve design
  • Sealing/packing
  • Standardisation
  • New technologies

“As usual, the conference cycle was very good. In addition, I have the feeling that everybody was very happy to be present and this gave a
good vibe,” says Bruno Martin, Technip Energies France. “

Attendees were also able to join workshops with themes such as fugitive emissions, additive manufacturing, and IOGP. On day one, a panel discussion on decarbonisation was held. The great atmosphere was palpable, as the audience was engaged and was able to ask presenters informed and insightful questions, encouraging interesting discussions.

Expo Forum

Conference delegates could step out of the conference halls and go down the escalators to enjoy the Expo floor. Two large halls were dedicated to valves and actuators of all sorts and sizes. Exhibitors made use of the opportunity to give demonstrations of their products and to display their latest technology.

On days two and three of the event, exhibitioners and delegates alike were invited to attend English-language presentations given at the Expo Forum, which was located in the middle of hall 3. Attendance was free of charge for anyone at the Expo. Topics ranged from the latest technologies to hands-on business strategies.

” It all was very well organised, and Ibelieve participants can look back on a valuable event,” says Adri Postema, IOGP.”

During the Valve World Expo, Emerson’s DCMlink software was awarded the Valve Stars Award 2022 for Automation. Knut Riegel received the Award in the Industry4.0/ Automation category.
Valve World is an excellent place to encounter the latest technologies. Image: Messe Düsseldorf/ctillmann.
Event sponsor Velan presented a range of its gate, globe, check, ball, triple offset, and engineered severe service valves on its expo stand. Image: Messe Düsseldorf/ctillmann.
Event sponsor Neway’s stand attracted a lot of interested attendees. Image: Messe Düsseldorf/ctillmann.

Time to unwind

On the evening of the second day, a fire and ice-themed party was held to accommodate both excellent networking opportunities and a much-appreciated chance to unwind. After a delicious buffet, attendees were treated to a festive night full of music and dancing. All in all, Valve World Conference & Expo was a huge success and we are looking forward to what the future has in store for the valve industry.

This is an excerpt of Valve World World Magazine, February 2023. Read the full article by clicking here.

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