BVAA re-launches Spring Conference
Previously an exclusively technical event, the new format saw an eclectic mix of papers. Dr Yuri Zhuk of Hardide commenced proceedings and gave members an informative update on Hardide coatings, followed by a thought-provoking paper by regular speaker Barrie Kirkman on the machinations in fugitive emissions standardisation. Brian Joseph gave members an insight into the latest ‘Commercial Risk’ course, and Keith Parker, CEO of the Nuclear Industries Association, provided members with an update on the UK’s New-Nuclear build programme.
Alan McLelland of NAMTEC made a very entertaining presentation on making sense of the ups and downs of metal prices, followed by Stuart Jessop of Parker who described the trends in using 6Mo and similar corrosionresistant alloys in offshore applications.
George Rafferty and Joanne Leng introduced members to the BVAA/ NOF Energy Business Development Partnership and the key benefits that they could derive from the new relationship.
The day was concluded by the keynote speaker, Richard Denny, who, with his lifetime of experience in the subject, gave an inspirational and thoughtprovoking presentation on the Age of the Customer. Many of his comments and observations stuck a chord with members, not least the BVAA team who were constantly quoting him afterwards. It is very pleasing to report that we received excellent feedback, and we very much look forward to the next one.
A mini-conference will feature as part of the BVAA AGM cluster on 7th December at Slaley Hall.
Published in Valve User Magazine Issue 22
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