The inaugural gasworld Virtual Event 2020 appeared to usher in a new era for the global industrial gases business earlier this week, as it explored a crescendo of new market opportunities that are converging on the industry and providing the launchpad for the next wave of growth.
Those same opportunities also provide hope for the collective goal of putting the rigours of 2020 behind us and pushing forward into the new normal business environment, as so engagingly expressed by Opening Keynote Sanjiv Lamba.
Titled Asia-Pacific: Realising New Market Opportunities & Supply Chains, the event represented gasworld’s first foray into virtual conferences and boasted a strong and wide-ranging agenda of industrial gas talking points and top speakers to match.
A scene-setting introduction from Global Managing Editor Rob Cockerill had underlined the motivation for the event, as well as the backdrop against which the industry has been performing in 2020.
“Good morning, good afternoon, and good evening – wherever you are in the world, welcome to gasworld’s first ever Virtual Event,” he opened. “It’s our pleasure to have you with us today as speakers, sponsors and attendees.”
“Our original aim was of course to be in KL, Malaysia this week, to see you all in person and deliver the kind of engaging and insightful international conference that we are all accustomed to. As we all know, however, it has not been the kind of year we’re accustomed to – and we’ve known for some time now that our best laid plans would not be possible in person. These kind of digital interactions, via various platforms, have become the new normal for us all.”
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