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Strong oil/gas and maritime emphasis at Cape expo

Strong oil/gas and maritime emphasis at Cape expo

In less than amonth, the massive Cape Industries Showcase (CIS) expo opens its doors to local and international visitors.

This unique event has attracted strong interest and support from many prominent exhibitors from the oil, gas, marine and maritime sectors, both locally and overseas. The three-in-one CIS expo comprises Oil and Gas Africa, Maritime and Offshore Marine Africa and Refrigeration and Airconditioning Africa, and takes place from 2 to 4 July at Cape Town’s International Convention Centre. “The oil and gas, marine and offshore shows are particularly important for industry visitors as these sectors are experiencing incredible growth and expansion throughout Africa, providing everincreasing opportunities for business,” says John Thomson of Exhibition Management Services, organisers of the Cape Industries Showcase. “Having three related industry and trade exhibitions at the same and place provides massive industry exposure for our exhibitors and gives visitors far more choice and value.”

Expanded scope for maritime offshore marine industries

Maritime and Offshore Marine Africa’s (MOMA) focus includes ship building and repair, marine engineering, offshore mining, fishing and work boats. MOMA is an evolution of the successful fishing industry trade show, launched in 1995 as ‘Fish Africa’ by EMS, serving Africa’s fishing fleets. The biennial MOMA event has steadily expanded over the years to embrace all aspects of the maritime industry. “The co-located Oil and Gas Africa 2014 trade show provides an exciting platform to exploit the phenomenal growth in offshore oil and gas industry development along the African coast, with a significant convergence of suppliers to these maritime-related sectors,” says Thomson. “The endorsement of the African Ship Owners Association confirms the interlinked relationships between fishing fleets, shipping fleets and various offshore industries, and how the MOMA exhibition can boost business.”

International support at CIS

There is a strong international flavour at this year’s event, and Europe in particular features strongly with exhibitors from the United Kingdom, Poland, Germany, Italy and Norway. Other exhibitors come fromTurkey, the US and China, with many South African companies also taking part. “The diversity of nations amongst our CIS exhibitors indicates the importance of Africa as a business market and Cape Town as a gateway to them,” says Thomson.

Oil and gas – a growing industry in Africa

“While the continent’s growing importance as a new source of crude oil and gas is attracting more Afro-centric oil industry meetings and conferences, our event - Oil and Gas Africa - now in its sixth edition, is still the largest and only fully-fledged oil and gas industry engineering and supply chain exhibition.” says Thomson.

The sixth oil and gas industry conference

The oil and gas conference will focus on regional sub-Saharan Africa oil and gas capabilities and recent developments, and takes place at the CIS show on 2 July 2014. Confirmed speakers include Paul Runge, managing director at Africa Project Access, oil and gas consultant Steve Hrabar, Dave van der Spuy, resource evaluation manager at Petroleum Agency SouthAfrica and Lizel Oberholzer, a director of Bowman Gilfillan. Topics include Western Cape energy strategies; the SA Energy Reserves’ update and Sub-Saharan Africaoilandgasbusiness opportunities’ update.

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