The fourth staging of Valve World Americas Expo & Conference organized by KCI Publishing Corporation and Messe Du¨sseldorf North America was held 20 – 21 June at the George R. Brown Convention Centre in Houston, Texas. There were a total of 4141 attendees for the entire event, including nearly 450 conference delegates.
The successful two day event was attended by professionals from all over the world including Canada, the United States, Europe, India and more. These international delegates were a great mix of valve subject matter experts, procurement managers, piping engineers and materials specialists, including representatives from such influential companies as Fluor, The Dow Chemical Company, Jacobs Engineering, Shell and many others.
Held at the George R. Brown Convention Centre, the event was well-attended by visitors who enjoyed walking the exhibition floor and speaking with knowledgeable exhibitors. Visitors and exhibitors alike were able to network and obtain quality leads. In total, over 300 companies exhibited as part of the event. Also located in the heart of the Expo Floor were the two speakers’ corner stages, which hosted presenters who discussed a variety of topics and performed live demonstrations including partial stroke actuator devices, dynamic gasket recovery to eliminate bolted joint leaks, drill and tap demo, test stand demo and how to use sealant injection on a valve.
The conference, which ran concurrently with the exhibition, began each day with plenary lectures given by representatives from The Dow Chemical Company, Emerson Automation Solutions, United Valve, A.W. Chesterton, Fluor, Bray International and The American Petroleum Institute (API). Conference sessions were filled with interested delegates who challenged the speakers with educated and thoughtful questions and many in-depth discussions followed. It was thrilling to see industry professionals sharing ideas and collaborating on important industry topics such as castings & materials, maintenance & repair, supply chain management, fugitive emissions, control valve reliability predication, valve design, cryogenics, actuation & automation, performance and validation and partial stroke testing. In total there were 14 different workshops with approximately 60 individual workshop presentations.
Additionally on 19 June, the day before the conference officially began, six informative courses were held on the following topics: valve essentials, fugitive emissions, pump basics, grow your career in the valve industry, social media in the valve industry and fluid sealing association short courses. each of these courses were filled with interested participants who learned a lot from each of the sessions.
The Valve World Americas Expo & Conference team would like to thank the Conference Chairman, Mr. Bill Patrick, The Dow Chemical Company; Conference Co-Chair Mr. Gobind Khiani, Fluor Canada; and the steering committee for all their hard work in creating an interesting and educational conference programme. Valve World Americas would also like to take the opportunity to recognize the support of its main event sponsors: Bonney Forge, Bray, Crane, DistributionNow, Emerson, Metso, MRC Global and Velan, as well as the conference supporters: The American Petroleum Institute (API), the Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) and the Society of Piping Engineers (SPED).
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