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New divisional director to drive StocExpo Europe forward

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Hydrocarbon Engineering,

 StocExpo Europe’s new divisional director has high ambitions to take it to the next level as the event prepares to celebrate its 15th anniversary serving the bulk liquid storage sector.

Mark Rimmer has worked in energy exhibitions for more than 12 years and plans to use his experience to take the event to the next level. “This year StocExpo celebrates its 15th anniversary and in that time the show has grown and evolved into the flagship event it is today,” he explains. “I can’t wait to see the show for myself on 26th March.”

“What I’ve learnt over the years is that with so many events for people to choose from, you have to build your event to sit at the heart of a community, it should truly serve its market and deliver return on investment, return on time for exhibitors and visitors alike.”

“What’s great about StocExpo Europe is that it serves a specific niche. By only focusing on the bulk liquid storage sector, exhibitors know that every single visitor that walks through the door is relevant to them. Equally, visitors know that our exhibitors are specialised and skilled in delivering what they need.”

“Having said that, it’s still vital to add new features to the show each year to ensure these visitors return year after year.”

This year, for the first time, terminals are also exhibiting. “It’s great to see Inter Terminals and Stolthaven Terminals on the show floor and I am looking forward to see the initiatives they’ll be showcasing on their stands.”

Also new for 2019 is the German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA), who will be hosting a series of workshops at the Innovation Theatre on the third day. And there’s yet another first. Renowned motivational speaker Steven van Belleghem will be delivering the keynote presentation during the CPD-certified conference, presenting his views on how to survive in a world of artificial intelligence, robots and automation.

And with plenty happening on the show floor, from free-to-attend sessions, networking parties on many stands as well as the late-night networking on the second day, there will be plenty of business opportunities for visitors and delegates alike.

Free-to-attend sessions will be taking place each day on the show floor. On day one, the Engineering Equipment and Materials Users Association (EEMUA) will be hosting a series of seminars on topics such as cyber security and robotic inspection.

On day two, iTanks will be taking a closer look at the role hydrogen may play in the future and what impact this could have on tank storage, following its networking breakfast.

StocExpo Europe takes place on 26-28 March 2019 at Ahoy in Rotterdam.

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