After an eventful night of lavish food, refreshments and local entertainment at the Gala Dinner, the gasworld African Conference resumes with day two and the theme ‘Tools to meet the Challenge’.

Raising the curtain on another insightful day of discourse and debate, the morning began with another welcoming speech from Albert Spencer of the SACGA, who said, “Good morning ladies and gentleman and welcome to the second day of the African conference. Thanks also to Global Gases for a wonderful evening last night.”

After an introduction from session chairman Barry Little of Air Products, an ever-popular speaker took to the stage for the first presentation of the day as Gas Package Solutions’ Dr Roy Irani began.

The presentation focused on the topic of ‘Gas cylinders: Safety first – efficient packages a close second’ and drew on the extensive experience of Dr Irani’s many years in the gases industry and more importantly, in the specialist field of gas cylinders.

Dr Irani also pointed to the challenges for our future generation, encouraging all in the industry to re-test their cylinders and use them safely.

A similar train of thought was observed as Weldcoa’s Hector Villarreal followed with a presentation covering the subject of Cylinder Filling Operations and more than captured the audience’s attention with his engaging style of speech and lively presence on stage.

Villarreal, President of Weldcoa, began by saying, “Good morning it’s an honour to be here in front of all of you today, this presentation’s a little different so I hope you enjoy it, thank-you.”

The presentation covered the palletisation of cylinders and noted the many advantages and efficiencies of this method, the operations and processes that Weldcoa proudly offers, the technique of linear fill traversing, and the company’s development of its own proprietary electro-mechanical valve – an exclusive innovation.

Offering another African insight, Afrox’s Innocentia Mbatha discussed Medical Filling Operations and commented, “Thank you very much ladies and gentleman it’s a privilege for me to stand in front of you. I basically would like to talk about medical gases in general and I’d like to talk about some requirements and legislation around medical gases.”

Taking the limelight after the entertaining and engaging presentation of Weldcoa’s Villarreal would always be a hard act to follow but Mbatha immediately caught the delegate’s attention and succeeded with an insightful speech.

As Quality & Regulatory Affairs Manager for African Oxygen Limited (Afrox), Mbatha exudes great expertise in the area of pharmaceutical standards and medicine control and this shone throughout as she explained the role of medical gases as medicinal products and the many standards or regulations that go with this.

“Okay so what is different about medical gases – medical gases are different because they are given to people who are totally dependent on them, people who need medication and people who are in hospital. So if we get it wrong here there is a potential that someone could die. It is generally considered a medicinal product,” Mbatha said.

“We do have counties where medical gases have not been given status as medicinal products. So what is happening in countries like Africa? Before you sell you have to get a product registration certificate and with regards to the manufacturing facilities you need to have trained personnel,” she explained.

The beat goes on
After a much needed early morning refreshments interval, the presentations will continue in the morning’s second session with presentations from John Winterton of Cryoshield and Allan Sparrow of Rand Air & Gas, among many others.

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