Returning to India for the first time in six years, the 37th All India Industrial Gases Manufacturers Association (AIIGMA) Seminar commenced today at the ITC Grand Chola in Chennai.

Taking place from 1st – 3rd February, this year’s event has attracted approximately 250 delegates from across the globe.

Following a well-attended welcome event on 1st February, the seminar was officially opened by AIIGMA’s esteemed chief guest, Dr. K Rosaiah, the Governor of Tamil Nadu. His Excellency reassured attendees that despite challenging times, the future is bright for India and in particular the gases industry.

Dr. Rosaiah predicted that the country, which is attracting increased foreign investments, will overcome the economic turmoil that has resulted in the slowdown within the region in recent years.

This was followed by the Presidential Address of R. Kannan, President of AIIGMA, who warmly welcomed both delegates and the event’s sponsors alike and described how the theme for this year’s event – ‘Challenges for Today and Scope for Tomorrow’ – is a topic that would be touched upon throughout the day.

The morning’s technical session featured presentations from Anil Kumar, of Mack Valves, who examined the complexities of oxygen service within cryogenic valves. This was followed by a presentation on balanced valve technology and its significance in high pressure cylinder filling, presented by Ian Davies of Hale Hamilton. The final morning presentation focused on nuclear power packs without radiation and was presented by Dr. M. Srinivasan, formerly associate director at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre.

The afternoon sessions saw insightful presentations on nitrogen gas for food preservation, by Dr. Pillaiyar Paramasivam, and information on the Companies Act – highlighting the importance of loans, investments, deposits and borrowings for businesses in India.

The final session for the day saw K. R. Sahasranam of Popular Carbonic speak on ASU improvements and cylinder filling through tanks, which was followed by a talk on the high pressure storage of gases, presented by P. M. Samvatsar, of Everest Kanto Cylinder Ltd. A spotlight was then cast on ASU model selection and the development of the gas market by Mr. XIAO of Suzhou Xinglu Air Separation.

The day was concluded by a presentation on the provisions of gas cylinder rules (2004) with the latest amendments by Ashendra Singh, Controller of Explosives, Nagpur.

The evening will see AIIGMA host it’s own cultural evening, where delegates will be treated to dinner and entertainment within the hotel.

A full event review will follow in the upcoming March edition of gasworld magazine.