The major industrial gases event held in China, IG China 2006, took place in Beijing in September. Over 170 exhibitors and 2000 visitors from the industry attended both the Exhibition and the Gases Forum. gasworld attended this event and officially launched a bi-monthly Chinese version of the magazine for the Chinese industrial gases community.

The Exhibition
The exhibition included a number of international equipment suppliers from both Europe and the US. Herose had a prominent stand, exhibiting its complete range of cryogenic valves. Dirk Zschalich stated that he was very pleased by the response and visits to their exhibition. Cryogenic Industries, with its branch in China, had two stands including its CryoQuip subsidiary.

Cryostar from France was present and its managing director Dan Meyer was pleased with the attendance on its stand. Cryostar opened an office in China a few years ago.

Taylor-Wharton had a major stand for the first time in a few years. The company is currently building a new factory in China.

The fact that the event was held in Beijing attracted other companies who were not directly present last year \\$quot;“ including Chart Industries.

gasworld at IG China 2006///

The international pavilion - organised by Hong Kong based technical consultants Gas Advisors - was busy throughout the two and half days of the exhibition. The international pavilion included Lydall, exhibiting for the second year running, and Rexarc. Dan Telatko of Rexarc was pleased with the number of visitors, which had been enhanced by Rexarc\\$quot;s recent marketing campaign in China. Reid Anthony, products director, commented: \\$quot;The participants visiting the stand and the interest in our super-critical insulation were very encouraging.\\$quot;

Spiritus Consulting Asia
According to Brenda Smith, managing director of Spiritus Consulting Asia, a number of Chinese companies were approaching the consultancy for more understanding of the markets for various products. Understanding market dynamics and undertaking market research or business development has been a slow process in China until now.

Hyradix, exhibiting for the first time in China, had a number of interested parties in their hydrogen technology, especially after presenting at the hydrogen forum the day before.

CMIC also had a large stand to exhibit its range of cryogenic storage vessels \\$quot;“ the company said it was also focusing very much on the export market as well as that of China.

Mr Jack Wu of Gentec also visited gasworld and expressed how important the export market is to Gentec.

The award for the biggest or most striking stands must jointly go to Enric and BTIC. Enric is a major manufacturing company for cryogenic tanks, tube trailers and is also involved in the energy market as well. BTIC has to be the largest manufacturer of high-pressure cylinders worldwide, with a production capacity of almost 1.5 million a year. They exhibited their full range of cylinder products, including liquid cylinders and also composite cylinders.

However, what was disappointing was the lack of support from the major gas companies; Air Products was the only one to have a significant stand. Air Liquide was a gold sponsor of the gases forum but only exhibited its engineering division in Hangzhou.

gasworld itself was inundated with requests for the Chinese version of the magazine and over 200 companies expressed interest in subscribing to the newly launched bi-monthly magazine.

Industrial gas suppliers and equipment providers present at the gases forum///

The gases forum
There was mixed attendance of the gases forum in which a variety of subjects were discussed and presented by various industrial gas suppliers and equipment providers. The varied attendance may have been due to the large interest in the exhibition itself and possibly to do with the heat, as Beijing was experiencing an unusually hot spell.

The banquet
CIGIA and Mr Sun G Guomin welcomed exhibitors and industrial gas associations to the evenings banquet held in the Garden Hotel in Beijing.

This year CIGIA welcomed a large delegation from AIIGMA - the Indian gases association - led by chairman Mr Patel, and general secretary Mr Deb. Also included was also a large delegation from South Korea, led by chairman Mr Park. A third but smaller delegation from Ukraine were present at IG China for the first time. Gifts and pleasantries were exchanged before a splendid evening\\$quot;s entertainment of traditional and modern Chinese performances.

Mr Sun looked forward to welcoming participants back to IG China 2007 which will be held in Shanghai on 5 - 7 September next year. We will be following the event and Gas Advisers will be booking a larger international pavilion to cater for the growing overseas interest in the China industrial gases business.