The inaugural PEFTEC event took place at the Antwerp Expo in Belgium on 18th and 19th November 2015, and feedback from conference speakers, exhibitors and delegates has been extremely positive. Combining a comprehensive technical programme and an exhibition, the success of the event has ensured that this will become a firm diary date for anyone involved with analytical testing and monitoring for process control, research and development, environmental monitoring, occupational safety and quality control in the petroleum and petrochemical sectors.
The Paris terrorist atrocities took place a few days before PEFTEC opened its doors, but all of the speakers and exhibitors arrived safely and the number of delegate cancellations was small,” comments organiser Marcus Pattison. “We were determined not to let the terrorists affect our plans and were delighted with the level of support that we received.
PEFTEC 2015 was created to provide the petrochemical industry with an opportunity to discover the latest information on testing and monitoring, in the laboratory, in the field and on-site. A packed conference programme ran over both days and over 80 seminars took place in 8 seminar rooms that were located within the exhibition hall. Consequently, delegates and visitors had the opportunity to tailor their visit to meet their personal needs and most of them chose to attend the event on both days. Ivo Dijs from a major international oil company said: "My team delivers analytical services to our production facilities, so PEFTEC provided a great opportunity to see all of the available measurement technologies in one place. I attended both days of the event, selecting several of the seminars and visiting the exhibition, all of which I found very useful. If I had one suggestion for PEFTEC 2017, it would be to include more application information.
Summarising her thoughts on the event, Elizabeth Wilkinson from Lovibond Tintometer said: “The inaugural PEFTEC event proved to be extremely successful – bringing in a great many industry experts throughout the supply chain. It offered the Lovibond® team plenty of opportunity to talk to distribution partners and end-users, presenting a clear picture of how colour measurement is being deployed in the industry. It also gave us the perfect platform to launch the new EComparator range for the measurement of ASTM, Gardner, Saybolt and Platinum Cobalt. The organisers must be complimented on such a successful event for its first year and we certainly look forward to joining them again in 2017.
Prof. Ralf Zimmermann, one of the Conference speakers added: "I found the meeting interesting; the scientific programme was very well organised and the show was focused, which made it very efficient, so it's a very worthwhile event to visit. Also the location was well chosen and I recommend that the event should continue in the same format."
As PEFTEC organiser, Marcus Pattison was obviously delighted with the success of the event and with the highly positive feedback that it generated. “These are challenging times for the oil and gas sector, so it was very encouraging that PEFTEC 2015 was such a success, and we are greatly looking forward to PEFTEC 2017 which will take place 29th to 30th November, again in Antwerp.