The 14th Asian Oil, Gas and Petrochemical Engineering Exhibition (OGA 2013) closed its doors at 5 p.m. on Friday 7th June ending the hugely successful three day exhibition.
Attendance figures this year have been confirmed as 22,049 trade visitors (up from 20,705 visitors in 2011) from 72 countries. Held in Malaysia at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, the exhibition hosted almost 2000 exhibiting companies from some 50 nations including 12 international pavilions.
Many of the world’s biggest players in the oil, gas, and petrochemical industries were exhibitors. It was strongly supported by the Malaysian government and a huge number of employees of Petronas, the state owned company responsible for all of Malaysia’s oil and gas resources, visited the show including many of its most senior executives.
The show was officially opened by YBhg Tan Sri Sidek Hassan, the Chairman of Petronas, and was a showcase of the latest technology, equipment, and machinery in the fields of oil, gas, and petrochemical engineering. It provided the perfect opportunity for exhibitors and trade visitors to meet, discuss, and network.
Brown McFarlane exhibited within the U.K. national pavilion, which was organised by the Energy Industries Council, but it focused strongly on the range of products and services offered by Brown McFarlane Far East, its Singaporean subsidiary.
Andrew Webster, Brown McFarlane’s Managing Director for International Business, was at the show for its duration. “Being part of the U.K. pavilion in an Asian exhibition gives us the best of both worlds”, he explained, “we can showcase the best of our products and services from the U.K. like duplex steel plate and super duplex steel plate while at the same time emphasising our credentials as a local company with personnel and stock in the region”.
As well as Andrew, the Group’s Sales Director for Stainless Steel, David Smith, was at the show as were Mark Low and John Armstrong who both work out of Brown McFarlane Far East in Singapore.
Group CEO Barry Morse was also at the show and took his place on the exhibition stand for the opening day. “I remember this show in its infancy many years ago and I am truly impressed by the way it has developed and grown”, he said, “If your business is involved in the oil and gas industry in this region then you simply must exhibit here – no question!”
The Brown McFarlane team were delighted to meet many customers, potential customers, and new contacts over the three days of the show and have plenty of calls to make and emails to send as a result with some particularly interesting enquiries to quote.
For a little fun we also held a prize draw each day with the winner being presented with a Stoke City FC football shirt. Brown McFarlane is an official club partner of Stoke City FC and is proud of the success of its home town team in the English Premier League.
The good news for Brown McFarlane and show visitors alike is that the oil and gas industry in Malaysia and the region seems to be thriving and expanding. As the industry and our customers get stronger then we will benefit and you can rest assured that we will continue to increase and improve our presence in South East Asia as we grow from our base in Singapore.
We look forward to the next OGA which starts on 2nd June 2015.