After a delightful evening on the beach courtesy of Global Gases, the second day of the gasworld Middle East conference has begun and explores the theme, Industrial Gases – What’s Needed in the Middle East?

Delegates enjoyed a pleasurable cocktail party on a comfortably warm evening hosted by Global Gases, followed by a buffet-style conference dinner and affording a wonderful opportunity to network and further discuss the day’s hot topics.

Following an overwhelmingly successful opening day for the conference however, the proceedings for day two are in full swing as Dr Rohintan (Roy) Irani presented the first speech and explained the developments in gas cylinder technology.

Taking to the microphone, Dr Irani opened by saying, “Good morning ladies and gentleman, I’m very pleased and privileged to be invited to talk at this inaugural conference in the Middle East.”

Dr Irani enlightened the audience as he illustrated the rapid growth of composite cylinders and the challenges faced in the production and safety of high pressure (700 bar) and yet lightweight cylinder packages.

Equally enlightening was the presentation of Rick Kowey, executive vice president, chief marketing officer and general manager for Matheson Tri-Gas Inc, as he explained that the production of specialty gas mixtures is both an artform and a science.

While explaining the craft of delivering business value and offering advice for those approaching the specialty gases business, Kowey also allured to the regional theme that so dominates this enchanting gasworld conference, as he highlighted how rapidly growing markets such as the Middle East are changing the specialty gases market. A potential gross profits average of 60% is available in the region, but Kowey indicated that money and resources alone are not enough to ensure success.

A coffee break then ensued, before John Raquet of the Spiritus Group is due to begin the next morning session and tackle the delicate issue of helium and the supply dilemma it poses.