NGV China 2013 was held at the Beijing National Agricultural Exhibition Hall (New Hall) in Beijing, China, 8th – 10th May 2013. ANGVA Executive Director Lee Giok Seng spoke about NGV in Asia Pacific – Moving Ahead, while Phil Fathers, deputy chair for NGV Global presented a global Overview: Natural Gas for Transportation on behalf of our Association. Both speakers also participated in the Opening Ceremony.
The 3-day exhibition and 2-day forum were well attended by delegates and visitors. A total of 50,000 m2 of exhibition space was taken up by exhibitors from China and overseas displaying both CNG and LNG equipment and systems for the transportation sector.
The NGV China 2013 – 14th China International NGV and Gas Station Equipment Expo classically showcased the rapidly expanding market opportunity that exists in China, said Phil Fathers. For nearly a decade compressed natural gas (CNG) station and vehicle population has grown at an extraordinary rates and over the last 4/5 years liquefied natural gas (LNG) station and vehicle population has been growing at an even faster rate. This growth has been matched by the number of suppliers who are gearing to meet demand.
Participants learned that in a survey of 6 major OEM’s this year:
- 4 Companies had doubled or trebled there factory capacity within the last 6 to 9 months,
- 1 was in the process of building a new facility across the road from the existing building
- 1 had arranged to outsource its increased demand to other companies within the Group
The two days forum was held on 8th and 9th May with Day 1 dedicated to international and key local speakers with simultaneous Chinese-English-Chinese translations provided, explained Lee Giok Seng in an ANGVA press release. The keynote presentation on Day 1 was given by Mr. Rao Chuan, the Secretary-General of China Natural Gas Vehicle Industry Association. He reported that currently there are more than 1.5 million natural gas vehicles in China and the numbers are still growing with many cities in China introducing natural gas vehicles and building refueling infrastructure to support it.
Day 2 was dedicated entirely for local speakers without any translations.
The international speakers were from ANGVA, NGV Global, Westport Innovations and Cryostar.