The meeting kicked off with a full day seminar with five main presentations by leading experts in the global gas industry followed by questions and discussion. As a special feature of the AIGA seminar, workshop sessions were conducted in the afternoon to help reinforce the concepts presented in the morning sessions.

\\$quot;The meeting showed the importance of transferring the safety knowledge to the new generation,\\$quot; said Mike Huggon of BOC and the president of AIGA.

This event was well attended by over 140 members and guests from most Asian countries, Europe and the US, and AIGA was very pleased to see twenty-five Chinese government technical administrators from various provinces attend the meeting, which was conducted with voice over translation in Chinese.

These important representatives of the different Chinese authorities reflected their positive impression of the high standard of safety regulations within AIGA member companies and they expressed their desire to see this kind of forum and training repeated for smaller regional companies.

Successful presentations
The chairman of AIGA´s Technical Committee, Thomas Lout of Praxair, pointed out: \\$quot;I am happy that this selection of interesting international presentations meets the need of this audience, which is so important for our mission; to achieve the highest level of safety and environmental care in the handling of industrial gases.\\$quot;

The second day was filled with presentations from the AIGA Technical Work Groups on their work for the year.

The Secretary General of AIGA stated at the end of the two-day meeting that he was satisfied to receive so many positive comments on this event. He said: \\$quot;Based on this excellent result we are highly motivated to organize the AIGA 2007 annual meeting which could probably be held in Thailand or Malaysia based on the feedback from the participants.\\$quot;

AIGA started to organize annual meetings from 2004 to bring members together in a forum for the exchange of best practices regarding an interesting specific theme for all members. The first meeting was held in Phuket in 2004 with over 40 participants, with its focus on the activities of the technical work groups and the national associations, followed by Singapore in 2005 with double the number of participants and reflecting the major theme of harmonisation between countries and continents regarding safety issues.

AIGA\\$quot;s quick growth
Since its formation in 2003, AIGA has grown and now embraces seven national gases associations in Asia, in addition to its core members comprising the global gases companies.

Current national associations in AIGA are: Industrial Gases Association of Singapore (IGAS), Malaysia Industrial Gases Manufacturers\\$quot; Association (MIGMA), Siam Industrial Gases Association (SIGA), Korea Industrial Safety Gases Association (KIGSA), Confederation of Gases Industries Inc., Philippines, the Indonesia Industrial Gases Producers\\$quot; Association (IIGPA) and the Taiwan High Pressure Gases Industrial Association (THPGIA).

Furthermore the regional Industrial Gases associations like ANZIGA, CGA, EIGA, and JIGA are associated members to AIGA. So it was no surprise to find the representatives of these associations at this AIGA meeting, so demonstrating their fruitful cooperation on a global basis.

In addition, AIGA has a representative office in China, registered in Shanghai since 2005.