The 2018 Managing Aging Plants USA Conference & Exhibition was a success!

The second Managing Aging Plants USA Conference & Exhibition, powered by Stainless Steel World Americas, was held this past November 13th and 14th, 2018 at the Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria Hotel in Houston, Texas. There was a total of 530 people registered for the entire event. By Candace Allison
The successful two-day event was attended by professionals from all over the world including Egypt, France, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Spain, United Arab Emirates, Sweden and of course the United States and Canada. These international delegates were a great mix of Principal Engineers, Materials Engineers, Corrosion Engineers, Metallurgists, Reliability Inspectors, Asset Integrity Managers and Maintenance Directors. Representatives were from such influential companies as BASF, The Chemours Company, Chevron, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, Ecopetrol America, The Dow Chemical Company, LyondellBasell and Saudi Aramco, among many others.

Meeting all the right connections

Held at the newly renovated Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria Hotel, the busy event was well-attended by visitors who enjoyed walking the exhibition floor and speaking with knowledgeable exhibitors. Visitors and exhibitors alike were able to network and obtain quality leads. In total, approximately 30 companies exhibited as part of the event. Also taking place on the first day in the heart of the Expo Floor during the Welcome Reception, sponsored by the International Titanium Association (ITA), was the interactive learning workshop Managing an Aging Workforce, which guided the audience through the different types of training methodologies required for training a constantly changing workforce.

Learning something new

The conference itself, which ran concurrently with the exhibition, began each day with keynote lectures given by representatives from The Equity Engineering Group, Albemarle Corporation, Midland Engineering, Saudi Aramco and MRC Global. Conference sessions were filled with interested delegates who challenged the speakers with educated and thoughtful questions and many technically in-depth discussions followed. It was fantastic to see industry professionals from all over the world sharing ideas and collaborating on important industry topics such as risk-based inspection (RBI), asset integrity, non-metallics & fibre-reinforced polymers (FRP) and materials & corrosion resistant alloys. In total there were 12 different Presentation Sessionswith approximately 47 individual presentations, including a full track on Day 1 presented by the International Titanium Association (ITA) entitled Asset Life Extension with Titanium. 

A big thank you 

The Managing Aging Plants USA team would like to thank the Conference Chairman, Mr. Kenneth Kirkham, The Equity Engineering Group as well as the steering committee and The Materials Technology Institute (MTI) for all their hard work in creating a relevant and educational conference program.
Managing Aging Plants USA would also like to take the opportunity to recognize the support of the main event sponsors: MRC Global, Ensitech, Stress Engineering Services Inc. and Versa Integrity Group, as well as the conference supporters: The Materials Technology Institute (MTI), The International Titanium Association, The Vibration Institute (VI) and The Steel Tank Institute/Steel Plate Fabricators Association (STI/SPFA); and the media sponsors: Inspectioneering and Chemical Engineering.
For information about the 2020 Managing Aging Plants USA Conference & Exhibition please contact Mr. Josh Gillen at j.gillen@kci-world.com or Candace Allison at c.allison@kci-world.com. 


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