Encouraging signs – Cryogen-Expo 2011


Over 1000 delegates attended the annual Cryogen-Expo event being held at the ExpoCentre in Moscow. A record number of international exhibitors attended the three day event, which focused on cryogenic technologies within the growing industrial gases business within Russia and the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States).

According to organiser Vladimir Bannikov, General Manager of Mir Expo, the event had attracted a record 80 exhibitors from 15 countries, of which 35 were international based. He stated, “The event has been growing year to year and it is a pleasure to see such a high attendance from international exhibitors – some attending for the first time.”

Major gas companies present at Cryogen-Expo were Air Liquide, Linde Gas, SIAD (Italy) and Cryogenmash, with Air Liquide Russia being the main sponsor of the business conference held on the second day. According to current Managing Director Dominique Bertoncini, who was the guest speaker at the opening event, “the company was proud to sponsor such an event” and that he was “excited that Air Liquide was realising the potential of the market, with five plants operating and with another five due on-stream in the next 12-18 months.”

While the main focus was on cryogenic equipment – six international cryogenic tank manufacturers were present in force, namely Cryolor, VRV, Cryo AB (Linde), Taylor Wharton, Chart Ferox and INOXCVA – there was also an emphasis on air separation technologies and a number of key players from the international community were present, as well as local players such as Red Mountain, Cryogenmash and Kislorodmash. New CEO of Cryogenmash, Mikhail Smirnov, was present having just taken the post after several years spent at Severstal in the US.

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