More than 130 delegates are taking their seats for the BCGA Annual Conference 2014, currently getting underway in Manchester, UK with the opening speech of association President Sylvie Villepontoux.

Held at the Marriott Hotel and Country Club at Worsley Park in Manchester, the British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA) conference will feature a wide-ranging programme of speakers and papers.

These papers will cover progress in the areas of environment, alternative fuels, food and beverages, the misuse of drugs and more.

Around 137 attendees have arrived for the conference, 13 of which are day delegates and the remaining 124 will stay for the full evening programme of entertainment and discussion.

The annual conference is the organisation’s opportunity to showcase progress made on the issues facing the industry. Members and non-Members alike have the opportunity to catch up on the work of the various Technical Committees (TCs) that meet throughout the year and network with their fellow industry contacts.

This year, the conference programme will get underway with a Technical Committee Report from Jake Lake, BCGA Technical Manager, as well as Alan Ross, Stephen Bradley and David Hurren, representing some of the association’s Sub Technical Comittees.

Publications, papers and progress made within the association over the last 12 months will all be reflected upon, before the agenda then turns to the external keynote presentations. Topics explored in these papers will include

  • Gaseous fuels for the automotive sector
  • Gases in the food industry
  • New HSE acetylene safety regulations for 2014
  • Misuse of drugs
  • Portrayal of gases in the media

The conference also comes just a day after the BCGA launched its brand new website. Chief Executive Doug Thornton told gasworld, “The new BCGA website has been a major piece of work and will deliver a much more secure, better functioning, more modern and user-friendly site for the future.”



A review of the day’s events will be published to the gasworld website later today and a full review will appear in the upcoming May issue of gasworld magazine.