It was yet another success for the China International Exhibition on Gases Technology, Equipment and Application (IG China), with exhibitor and attendee numbers on the rise at its 19th event.

The annual trade show presents the most developed achievements, technical exchanges and enhances business networks for the industrial gas industry. This year, it was held from 24th-26th May at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Centre in China.

The event has continued to grow since its inception in 2009. At IG China 19, around 150 exhibitors and 4,200 professional visitors were in attendance compared to 120 exhibitors and 3,000 attendees the year prior.

Key exhibitors included Taylor-Wharton (Beijing) Cryogenic Equipment, Cryoin Engineering, Chart Cryogenic Distribution Equipment (Changzhou), SIAD Engineering (Hangzhou), TrackAbout and Cryostar Cryogenic Equipment (Hangzhou).

A major highlight of the event included the China Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Expo and Conference. Co-organised with IG China 2017, it attracted over 200 delegates, including the likes of Air Products and Shanghai Jiaotong University.

One of the event’s organisers enthused, “This year was very successful with more and more local and international vendors opting to join us. International visitors and buyers from South East Asia, Europe and North America have increased by 15% year-on-year.”

According to gasworld Business Intelligence, the industrial gases business in the North Pacific rim was worth just under $18bn in 2016, with China generating over half of that value.

It was the region’s largest industrial gases market by far in terms of revenues last year, generating around $9.4bn compared to Japan’s $5.6bn. But China’s GDP is showing signs of slowing, dropping from 7.5% per annum over the past decade to an increase of 6.7% last year.