In absence of its industry leading events, gasworld today kickstarted its free-to-view dynamic new series of industrial gas webinars.

As a result of change brought by the coronavirus pandemic, gasworld last week launched the first three-part webinar series titled Bandwidth in Your Business. 

The new webinar series aims to explore the bandwidth in business and how operations can still be primed and ready to realise the opportunities ahead during a pandemic, and explore the lessons learned from lockdown.

Speaking about the webinar launch, Rob Cockerill, Global Managing Editor, said, “This has been an ambition of ours for some time now, and we’re excited to be launching this new programme of webinars, rich in content and at a time when I think there’s clearly a lot of learnings to be taken from this period of pandemic.”

Today, just over a week later, Cockerill stood as host of the first webinar titled Lessons Learned from Lockdown, sponsored by global provider of Industrial Internet of Thing (IIoT) solutions Anova.

Discussing the new and rejuvenated business learnings – and the potential economic minefield ahead as we return to normalcy was a panel comprised of Chet Reshamwala (CEO of Anova), Ravin Mirchandani (Director of Mack Valves) and Stephen B. Harrison (sbh4 GmbH).

Cockerill welcomed the webinar viewers and the panel, “Good morning, good afternoon, good evening – and welcome to gasworld webinars, a dynamic new communication platform for the global industrial gases business.”

“I’m your host, Rob Cockerill, and I’m delighted to welcome you to this three-part series of thought leadership webinars, delivered by gasworld and sponsored by Anova.”

“Here with gasworld webinars we will follow a journey from lockdown to lock and loaded opportunities and hopefully, the toolkit to realise those.”

“We can promise you that it will be a webinar rich in content, and we begin that content with Chet Reshamwala, CEO of Anova.”

Welcoming the webinar viewers, Reshamwala, said, “Good morning, good afternoon and good evening everyone. These are indeed these are indeed unprecedented times.”

“This pandemic has swept across industries and people and around the entire planet. We’ve all had to rethink many aspects of our personal lives and our business lives.”

After his introductions, Reshamwala then went on to discuss how Anova has supported its customers in such uncertain times.

Reshamwala shared two customer case studies, one which used Anova’s technologies to help successfully deliver medical oxygen in New York City, and the other that assisted in tornado relief efforts. 

Talking about how Anova supported those efforts, Reshamwala, explained, “While we could not travel at the time, we continued to support the community.”

Reshamwala then went on discuss that, although not everyone has the same abilities, Anova believes that the surviving companies will emerge stronger.

“Some companies will not have survived this. Others will have significantly weakened. But the true survivors, are going to be the ones that emerge stronger.”

Reshamwala then went onto explain that how in a post-pandemic economy, Anova learned that physical location does not matter anymore. What matters is being connected to your assets anytime, anywhere, all the time, whether working from home, or on the beach.

“The lesson learnt is that the use of modern-day technologies will divide the strong from the weak in this world and that trend was already evident, but in a pandemic world it is even more so.”

Showing a strong figure to support his words, Reshamwala then explained that today, in a pandemic world, 73% of companies are making IoT investments today to enhance business.

Up next to speak on the gasworld webinar was Ravin Mirchandani, Director of Mack Valves, who is usually travelling globally but is currently in lockdown in India.

Opening his presentation, Mirchandani, said, “Thank you for having me on the panel. It’s been a very interesting twelve weeks; it seems like a different universe.”

Mirchandani then went onto share anecdotes of his travels earlier on in the year before the mass outbreak of the coronavirus and how his plans then slowly came to a halt.

“It’s been an interesting journey for everybody,” he exclaimed.

After his introductions, Mirchandani then went on to explain that throughout his session he will share his experiences during the pandemic following the Indian Government announcing lockdown with four hours’ notice.

“We are in this position today where everyone is in the position of not knowing and that really well explains why every country is doing things differently and even within countries why states are doing things differently.”

“We are in a period of extended unknowns and that means we are going to have someservere crisis and some servere decisions to make.,” Mirchandani predicted. 

Mirchandani then went onto explain how easy communication with his customers has been throughout lockdown due to technical availabilities and everyone having more availability.

“I think Chet was right, we are going to have a very new world coming out of this. There are going to be some companies that don’t survive, we are going to have some companies that will get stronger, some that are nimble and able to pivot and others that will disappear.” 

Mirchandani then went on to explain how the future will be a very interesting period, “We will get through this and we will be better for it,” he said.

Last to speak on gasworld’s first webinar panel was Stephen B. Harrison from sbh4 GmbH, based in Europe and Germany in particular who is celebrating 30 years in the industrial gas industry this year.

Within his talk, Harrison discussed industrial gas companies’ efforts during the coronavirus along with climate change and the measures that can be put in place in the post-pandemic world.

“Right now, we are grappling with two defining challenges of our generation: the coronavirus and climate change.”

“I believe that the industrial gases industry can make a unique contribution to these two issues.”

On the coronavirus front, Harrison recognised the remarkable efforts that have been made by the industrial gases industry to ensure medical oxygen can reach patients, therefore saving lives.

“Our industry also has expertise that can make our planet carbon neutral. Covid-19 is an acute problem but climate change is a chronic issue that cannot be ignored,” Harrison expressed.

“Although nobody planned for things to be this way, the coronavirus pandemic may have boosted the emerging role that hydrogen will play in mitigating climate change through decarbonisation.” 

Harrison then went on to talk about how different groups and countries are investing in hydrogen to create jobs, support a carbon neutral future, and help recover from the pandemic.

“Many industrial gas companies are getting closer to electrolyser technologies that can convert renewable power to green hydrogen.” 

“Some of these hydrogen production pathways can be bridges on the way to full carbon neutrality, others could still be start of our energy mix hundreds of years from now.”

“I am convinced that we, the people watching gasworld tv today, will rise to the challenge of climate change, just like we have recently risen to the challenge of coronavirus.”

Following Harrison’s session, Cockerill  opened the floor to any questions allowing viewers to ask their questions and interact with the panellists.

Finishing up the first in the three-part series, Cockerill, said, “Well that concludes our webinar today, we hope you’ve enjoyed it.”

“Until next week, thank you and goodbye.”

The second of gasworld’s the three-part webinar series titled Optimising Operations & Supply Chains will take place on Friday 3rd July at 2:30pm (BST).