gasworld’s Asia-Pacific Industrial Gas Conference is underway in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with discussion and debate focusing on new and existing industrial gas markets alike – and how companies can maximise the opportunities at their disposal.

More than 240 delegates from 27 countries (and nearly 60 visitors to the exhibition area) have gathered at the Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel ready to explore the changing face of the industry under the theme of Business Models & Tools for Success.

The wide-ranging agenda will deliver a striking balance between the traditional growth drivers that are thriving in these younger economies in the Asia-Pacific region and the newer, inescapable trends that are actively driving change globally.

Presentations from key industry executives and thought leaders will help delegates to assess the impact of the important changes facing the South East Asian industrial gas business.

The conference was officially opened with a welcome and introduction from gasworld CEO and Publisher John Raquet.

In his speech, Raquet said, “Good morning ladies and gentleman, or wanita selamat pagi dan lelaki as they say in Malaysia.” 

“First of all thank you all for turning up, what a great audience we have here today. This is the largest audience we have ever had for a conference in this region. As you saw from the figures in the animation we have over 240 delegates here today and this is our 23rd event that we have held around the world.”

“I particularly want to thank all of you that have travelled across the world for the next two days. Some of you have travelled from the US, China, Europe and even Australia, and some of you from just down the road.”

“This region has been one of the most buoyant regions for industrial gas growth in the last few years. The industrial gas business globally has stuttered along the for last five to seven years, but one thing that is for sure is that in this region, in Southeast Asia and in the North Pacific Rim, there has been solid growth.”

“In fact, we felt that the region has matured enough to address the business models to sustain that success, hence our theme today.”

“It is genuinely my hope that you enjoy this conference, that you enjoy the magic of Kuala Lumpur, and that you leave here richer in contacts, friendships, knowledge and most importantly, business.”


A variety of industry specialists will deliver engaging presentations throughout the first day of the conference, which focuses on industrial gas business models, trending gases and safety and security, including:

  • Rachmat Harsono, President Director – PT Aneka Gas Industri
  • Tim Evison, Director - Messer Consulting Singapore / Senior Vice-President of Group Business Development – Messer Group
  • Dr. Mathias Kranz, Global Head of Application Technology – The Linde Group
  • Andy Lao, International Business Sales Manager – Guangdong Huate Gas

Day two of the conference will focus on digitisation in the gases industry and technology shifts in gases and applications.

Successful first morning in Malaysia

Follow the conference

Stay up-to-date with all the latest news, views and developments at the Asia-Pacific 2018 conference via the gasworld website, updated throughout the two-day event.

gasworld will also be tweeting live updates during the conference, which you can follow on Twitter using the hashtag #GWAsia2018.

A full review of the conference will be published in the first print edition of gasworld Global’s 2019 magazine.