The All India Industrial Gases Manufacturers Association (AIIGMA) is breaking from traditional and holding its 32nd seminar in Bangkok, Thailand.

This week, gasworld has traveled to Bangkok to attend AIIGMA's 32nd event, which is usually held in India.

The annual seminar on industrial gases provides an opportunity for all those involved in the Indian industrial gases market to come together and find out more about the latest equipment, trends, safety regulations and many other topics key to the success of a gas business.

Proceedings began last night at the Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok, where delegates were treated to a cocktail party, which featured Hawaiian dancing and entertainment in the grounds of the hotel.

After waking up to a beautiful day here in Thailand, delegates gathered for the first set of presentations, which were preceded by an impressive ceremony, featuring Thai dancers, as well as speeches from notable dignitaries, such as His Excellency Shri Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty, Indian Ambassador to Thailand.

Those introducing the conference noted the similarities between Thailand and India, and discussed the free trade agreement and other political procedures put in place, which have brought the countries closer together, making importing and exporting between the two much easier.

In his speech, Vice President of AIIGMA, Mr Sachdeva, referred to the change of location for AIIGMA's 2010 event saying, “This dream has come true.”

The first day saw some of the leading players in the industrial gases industry speaking to delegates about the Indian market.

The likes of John Raquet, Managing Director of Spiritus Consulting, and Satish Sehgal, Advisor to the Commerce Minister, (Ministry of Defence, Thai Government) discussed economic data for both the industrial gases business and India itself, giving delegates an overview of a region which is showing great potential.

Other speakers looked at specific technical methods and procedures; Keith Stewart, of Herose Limited, looked at safety valves, focusing on approval, whilst Jan Van Howenhove, of VRV Group, focused on the economics of cryogenic bulk delivery and ways in which a company can optimise its liquid cryogenic gas delivery methods.

The day was rounded off nicely with a Gala Dinner, held in the grand ballroom.

Tomorrow's events will follow a similar structure, with presentations from Air Liquide India, DataOnline, and Shell-N-Tube, to name just a few.

Delegates will celebrate another successful AIIGMA event - particularly special given the ambitious change in location – with a riverboat cruise tomorrow night, where they will be able to enjoy the sights and sounds of Bangkok from the water.

Look out for a full AIIGMA review in the March issue of gasworld.