The helium market, dry ice applications and dangerous goods are just three of the topics set to be discussed at the British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA) annual conference next year – which is now open for bookings.

To be held on 23rd April at the Marriott Hotel & Country Club, Worsley Park in Manchester, the conference will feature a wide-ranging programme of speakers and papers covering different areas of the industry including modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) gases, food and plastics and a helium market update.

Insight into the transportation of goods from the Department for Transport is also included on the agenda and the conference concludes with keynote speaker Colin Maclachlan, a former SAS soldier with more than 25 years of security and risk related experiences, who has appeared on Channel 4’s SAS: Who Dares Wins and Channel 5’s Secrets of the SAS.

Other speakers include Martin Snape, EIGA SAC; Neil Hansford, Air Products; Phil Kornbluth, Kornbluth Helium Consulting; and John Raquet, Spiritus Consulting.

Sponsored by gasworld, the conference also represents an opportunity for BCGA members, or non-members, to network with existing contacts and make new ones.

Year-on-year, the BCGA annual conference attracts significant interest and organisers are urging those with an interest in attending to book soon to avoid disappointment.

This is also the final conference for Doug Thornton, retiring Chief Executive of BCGA, and a chance to meet his successor, Ellen Daniels.

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Thornton said, “We are looking forward to an insightful and informative conference in Manchester 2020.”

“The event continues to go from strength-to-strength, with excellent feedback from delegates.”

“The BCGA conference committee has once again put together a highly-engaging and interesting event, of broad appeal to those in the gas industry and related sectors.”

“We’d strongly urge people to book their place as soon as possible, to ensure they are guaranteed a place.”