CEOC President Dr. Hugo Eberhardt was invited to co-chair, together with Mr. François Champigny, President of A.F.I.A.P. (Association Française des Ingénieurs en Appareils à Pression), the opening session of ESOPE, the European Symposium on Pressure Equipment, which took place from 28-30 September in Paris.
A particular highlight on the agenda was the presentation on “Acoustic Emission Analysis” by Mr. Peter Tscheliesnig (TÜV AUSTRIA Technical Physics department).
The international technical exhibition represents a major highlight in the field of the pressure equipment market. Along the events, the exhibiting companies offer a comprehensive overview of their worldwide activities, covering such diverse secotrs as energy, chemistry, petrochemistry, or agro-food market.
The exhibition brings together pressure equipment experts, users and engineering consultants, manufacturers, distributors, transformers, heat processing specialists, material suppliers, experts in risk analysis, software editors, service providers ...
A few figures about Esope:
- 70 exhibitors in 2010, 15% foreign companies (Germany, Great Britain, Belgium, Tunisia, etc.)
- 1,000 professional visitors from all over Europe
- 500 conventioneers
- 2,000 m² of exhibition space
- 70% of visitors are decision-makers
The ESOPE exhibition and conference was followed by a meeting of the CEOC CP – Pressure Equipment Committee, chaired by Mr. Gerhard Höltmann (TÜV AUSTRIA). On invitation of Mr. Yves Marez (APAVE) the meeting took place at the APAVE offices in Paris, thus enabling the participants to discuss and share their impressions from ESOPE while still being fresh on their minds. During the CP meeting, a presentation was given by Mrs Marie-Astrid Soenen from INERIS (Institut National de l’Environnement Industriel et des Risques, France) about the ageing of industrial facilities (“To control risks from ageing of industrial facilities: comparison of the policies in France and in 4 foreign countries”). Mrs Soenen already spoke at the CEOC New Year’s Safety Conference in Brussels earlier this year where it was felt that closer cooperation and exchange of views between CEOC and INERIS would be desirable. INERIS is planning a European-wide study on the issue.
For more information please contact Franziska Kassler, CEOC Junior International Affairs Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org.