It is that time of year again, with the Holiday festivities nearly upon us, so it is an opportune moment to take stock of the last 12 months and to look forward to the New Year ahead.
This year has been INTERCEM’s busiest ever year, convening seven events and hosting more than 1,350 delegates at conferences and forums in Europe, the USA, Middle East and Asia.
Nearly 70 countries have been represented, with attendees listening to almost 100 presentations on topics as diverse as the 'Internet of Things' and 'Cyber-Security' through to 'Environmental Legislation in Shipping'; and from 'the Trump Administration’s Trade Policy' to 'Alternative Fuels in the MENA Cement industry', as well as market forecasts and updates from the USA in the West to Australia in the East and covering most of the globe in-between. We have been very privileged to have welcomed so many leading industry experts to share their thoughts and insights with our audience, on so many different subjects. At a time when technology, politics and business life seem to be evolving so rapidly, sharing expertise, experience and forecasts is more important than ever.
The year has seen INTERCEM travel to some spectacular locations; the view across the Old Harbour from the hotel terrace in Marseille, the Conference Dinner on the Banks of the Bosphorus in May, the Mega Yachts of Fort Lauderdale, the Bright Lights of Las Vegas, and London’s Christmas Lights will all live long in the memory of those delegates in attendance.
We are grateful for all the support of our exhibitors, sponsors, speakers and delegates in making these events happen, and in particular in 2017 we have been honoured to work with so many amazing conference partners who have been very influential in making these events what they were; special mentions are due to the Turkish Cement Exporters, to The Jakarta Advisor Group, DsG Consultants, and to the World Cement Association.
Our co-organised event with the World Cement Association, earlier this month was a landmark event for the international cement sector. Following the inaugural WCA General Assembly, the conference was opened by the newly-elected President of the Association, Zhiping Song, Chairman of CNBM. History may mark this meeting as a watershed moment for the cement industry, recognising a new era of co-operation between cement companies across the globe.
Next year is shaping up to be even more exciting and just as busy, with a programme that will see more events than ever before, with meetings scheduled in Athens, Dubai, Boston, and Cairo before the summer and then Singapore, China and the USA before the year is through.
The programme kicks off with two co-located events in Athens, the INTERCEM Shipping Forum (23rd January) and a brand new one-day forum looking at solid fuels markets and trading for the cement industry – designed to provide a one-stop-shop for the latest markets updates coal, petcoke and AFR forecasts; the INTERCEM Fuels Forum (24th January).
Another landmark occasion will be reached in 2018 - the 100th meeting of INTERCEM. We have been serving the international cement community across the globe since 1985. Look out for further announcements in the New Year.