The 7th annual International Specialised Exhibition ‘Cryogen-Expo’ was successfully staged from 11th – 13th November 2008, proving productive and insightful.

Held at the Expocentre Fairgrounds at Krasnaya Presnya in Moscow, the ‘Mir-Expo’ organised event was produced under the auspices of the International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR), the International Academy of Refrigeration, and the Ukrainian Association of Industrial Gases Manufacturers (UA-SIGMA).

According to the event’s organisers, the number of exhibitors increased by 15% compared to the year previous as 70 exhibitors, including 33 foreign companies, filled the 1700m2 venue and represented 14 countries worldwide.

Among the many notable exhibitors were companies including Air Liquide, Linde, Cryogenmash, Ferox A.S, the VRV Group, Giprokislorod, the SIAD group, Vanzetti Engineering, Fives Cryo, Cryostar, China’s Rich Air Separation, and Norway’s StatoilHydro.

Technex were another company present at the exhibition and Director Igor Voronin suggested any large decline in visitor numbers, compared to those of 2007, would not be without good reason.

Voronin noted how a big drop in metallurgy production in CIS countries during 2008 had in turn, resulted in a decline in industrial gas consumption – at least for some of his company’s clients. It is thought that this motivation could have been attributable to any drop in visitor numbers this year.

New products
Innovations were the order of the day at the event, with participants demonstrating an array of new cryogenic engineering products, intended for display to specialist visitors.

Such technology encompassed usage across air separation plants, cryostats, technical and rare industrial gases and the equipment required for production of these, LNG and gas units, carbon dioxide production, globe valves & fittings, and cryogenic vacuum technical equipment.

Also running during the exhibition was the 5th International practical-research conference titled ‘Cryogenic Technologies and Equipment. Prospects of Development’.

Both Russian and ‘foreign’ specialists presented the new developments and research work being carried out, dedicated to the cryogenic engineering. The conference contributed to the success of the overall Cryogen-Expo event, which was believed to have attracted more than 1000 industry specialists during its three days of running.

The Organising Committee of the exhibition noted that it has received positive reviews from those companies participating. Indeed Osman Hang, a Director at Singapore’s Tronic International Pte Ltd, has nothing but praise for the show.

Tronic International is a Technology Solutions Provider for semiconductor solutions and IT solutions. Headquartered in Singapore, the company has offices in Russia, Taiwan, Malaysia and Vietnam and Hang told gasworld, he had found the exhibition ‘very productive’.

Furthermore, it had provided an understanding of the changing needs of Russian gas companies and the requirements of potential clients.

Next year’s 8th International Cryogen-Expo event (2009) will again be held at the Expocentre Fairgrounds of Krasnaya Presnya, but at the slightly later date of late November to early December 2009.

Organisers Mir-Expo notes that almost all 2008 exhibitors have expressed the wish to take part next year.