A high-level collaboration between a group of industry bodies in the Asia-Pacific will deliver the first Asia-Pacific Fuel Industry Forum in Singapore, September 13-15.
Spearheaded by ACAPMA, the event has been developed with the cooperation and support of petroleum industry bodies across the ASEAN region, including Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines.
The event differs from most other petroleum industry events in the region by being solely focused on issues affecting petroleum distributors and petroleum retailers only.
A two-day event, the APFI Forum hosts both a conference plenary and a trade hall over both days with a welcome reception and gala dinner held on the first two nights.
The plenary features a number of high-profile speakers who will discuss the key strategic issues that are likely to shape the downstream petroleum industry in the Asia-Pacific, including:
- Developments in retail market competition and regulation.
- The near-term supply/demand outlook.
- The near-term fuel price outlook.
- Innovations in fuel retailing, fuel storage and inventory management systems.
- The future of fuel retailing in the face of electric vehicles and autonomous vehicles.
Of particular interest to many will be the provision of an exclusive set of country reports, which have been prepared by the oil and gas practice of Norton Rose Fulbright – one of the world’s leading law firms – and will provide participants with a comprehensive overview of the key country markets in the region in terms of market structures and regulatory frameworks.
“Our aim is that these country reports will become the hallmark of the APFI Forum in the future,” ACAPMA CEO Mark McKenzie said.
The trade hall element embraces an innovative format that comprises both trade exhibits and the parallel delivery of a series of technical information sessions that will be integrated with the conference program to maximise exposure for all trade exhibitors with the purpose of all attendees spending 50 per cent of their time immersed in the trade hall over the two full days of the event.
The exhibition will provide attendees with the opportunity to hear more about some of the innovative products and services offered to the fuel retailing and distribution industry, including exhibits from companies such as OPW Global, Leighton O’Brien, WEX Australia, Enviropacific, AJG, Beacon Software, GaP Solutions, Shipman King, Informed Sources, and Tank Solutions.
More than 50 per cent of Australian retail sites are represented at the forum alongside visitors from Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, US, Singapore, Czech Republic and France.
At this stage, registrations have already been received from some of the largest fuel retailers in the region, including Bangchak Petroleum, BP, Caltex, ExxonMobil, Petronas, Singapore Petroleum Corporation and Woolworths.
“Essentially, this is an event that has been designed to create a first-time dialogue for all those involved in petroleum distribution and retailing in the Asia-Pacific,” Mr McKenzie said.
“We are excited about the event and suggest that this is relevant to anyone who wishes to engage with the downstream petroleum industry in either an educational and networking or business-growth capacity.”
To top it all off, the 2016 forum finishes the day before the practice rounds of the 2016 Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix, providing participants with the opportunity to extend their stay for a few days and take in this top-flight motor sport event. With a limited number of accommodation packages available at Marina Bay Sands for the weekend of the Grand Prix, you can contact ACAPMA to secure a room for the full week.