September is well underway and the exhibition season is upon us. From the industrial gas giants to the smallest start-ups, companies are congregating in exhibition halls across the globe.

With exhibition spaces stretching as far from the Birmingham NEC to Moscow’s Expocentre Fairgrounds, gasworld has taken a moment to compile a top five of this season’s must attend events.

1. IG China

The 13th China International Exhibition on Gases Technology, Equipment and Application is set to take place in a matter of days.
Organised by the Chinese Industrial Gases Industry Association, delegates will gather from across the globe to learn more about the Asian gas market.

But the focus is more than regional… delegates can expect a multi-platform approach. Topics covered will straddle the gases sector and attendees shall get a chance to scrutinise the latest technology in terms of industrial gases equipment and systems, affiliated equipment and suppliers, transportation and packaging suppliers, gas analysers, instruments and meters, cylinder testing, in addition to medical gases.

Where? National Agriculture Exhibition Centre, Beijing, China
When? 21st – 23rd September
Best for: Those with time – With 50 media partners and eight supporting associations, attendees will cover a venerable footage and are guaranteed to encounter all aspects of gas technology and equipment.

2. PPMA Show

According to event organisers the 2011 SHOW promises, “a revitalised new look, thought provoking seminars and a host of the most groundbreaking machines to have hit the industry in the last year.”

The event constitutes the UK’s largest industrial gathering to focus exclusively on the food and drink, pharmaceutical, household and cosmetics markets. Indeed, more than 300 suppliers and service providers will be present, with industrial gas technology companies such as WITT Gasetechnik exhibiting.

If still more incentive is needed, perhaps the shows co-location with Interplas 2011 will appeal? Thanks to this handy proximity, visitors of the PPMA exhibition also gain free entry into the triennial plastics industry gathering.

Where? NEC, Birmingham, UK
When? 27th-29th September
Best for: Modified Atmosphere Packaging

3. LNG Tech Global 2011

The LNG Tech Global prioritises learning, networking and participation; furthermore, this year’s event is no exception. With an array of revered speakers from companies such as Total Gas & Power, Qatargas, Tokyo Gas, Shell Global Solutions, ConocoPhilips, Linde and Rolls Royce, in addition to presentations from associations such as The European Commission, the International Energy Agency, as well as leading consultancy perspectives, delegates will leave with unrivalled industrial insight.

The event is to be divided into three days. The first day will be put aside as a technical innovation day with interactive workshops. While over the course of the subsequent two days delegates will have the opportunity to learn more about this year’s key themes; LNG plant process and engineering, project planning, feasibility and cost, FLNG developments, project case studies, start-up experiences, carrier technology, plant construction, small to mid scale LNG production as well as risk management solutions.

With such an extensive agenda, it is perhaps no wonder that the event has attracted approximately 46 sponsors from across the globe.

Where? De Doelen, Rotterdam, Netherlands
When? 3rd – 5th October
Best for: The latest information about EU guidelines, standards and practices.

4. GAWDA’s Annual Convention

Constituting the 67th Annual Convention, guests will enjoy an informative opportunity to network and uncover the latest technology and best practice advice.

Though association driven, delegates can look forward to some high profile speakers including Peter McCausland, CEO of Airgas and portfolio expert, James Upton, COO for the Emerging Markets Equity team.

Other highlights include extra-curricula networking opportunities from comedy entertainment to a Broadway matinee show. But it is not all frivolities; indeed the number of exhibitors to have already registered has exceeded the 100 mark. Moreover, with specific events set aside for young professionals and women in gas and welding, delegates can expect and inclusive environment.

Where? Times Square Marriott Marquis, New York, USA
When? 9th – 12th October 2011
Best for: A multi-faceted overview of the gases industry stateside.

5. CRYO Expo

For the tenth time, cryogenic specialists will gather in Moscow’s cool climbs to establish new business contacts and partnerships. Each year the event acts as a prime conduit for companies keen to tap into the notoriously disparate Eastern European markets.

This year around 80 exhibitors are expected to congregate within a conference space of around 2100 square metres. Amongst this, delegates from across the CIS region and beyond can look forward to demonstrations of helium and cryo-thermo-vacuum equipment, compressor units, storage and transport tanks amongst many other key devices within the cryogenic sector.

Where? Expocentre Fairgrounds, Moscow, Russia
When? 8th – 10th November
Best for: Equipment enthusiasts – each year companies display their most precious and novel cryogenic solutions, from gas analysers to stationary tanks.