Jun 26, 2015

Well, it is just over three months since the successful 2015 staging of the Australasian Oil & Gas Exhibition and Conference, so it’s a good time to reflect on what happened at this year’s event and to start planning for next year.

Despite the downturn in the industry in its 34th year AOG attracted more than 600 exhibiting companies from 25 countries, more than 14, 000 attendees and significant participation across all three days of the show.

Australia’s largest oil and gas industry event defied the “gloom and doom” surrounding the global oil and gas sector to create a week of important information transfer and networking opportunities for industry veterans and newcomers alike.

It is pleasing to note that a number of Australian oil and gas insiders have described it as by far the most successful petroleum industry event staged in the country over the past 12 months – with the Expo and Conference barely missing a beat despite one of biggest petroleum industry slumps in more than a decade.

That success was clearly reflected in post event feedback from participants, with more than 90% of the exhibitors at AOG 2015 reporting they had achieved an increase in brand awareness, 9 out of 10 stating they were satisfied with the level of networking available, 82% were satisfied with the visitor quantity add 78% satisfied with their overall exhibiting experience.

And it wasn’t only on the floor of the Expo, of the Conference rooms and at the networking events that the success of AOG 2015 was measured.

Studies have shown that the event has provided significant benefit to the local economy with the 2015 event generating a beneficial economic impact of more than $31 million to WA.

AOG Event Director at Diversified Communications, Bill Hare, said another great indication of the success of the 2015 event was the strong interest from companies wanting to come back in 2016.

“Despite all the forecasts that the mood would be down at AOG this year because of the global crude oil price crash, the feeling around the Convention centre was very upbeat and there was a real feeling of determination in the air that everyone was going to make sure they benefited from all the activities going on,” Mr Hare said.

“What was also very pleasing to see and hear was the number of success stories of companies adding new business, making vital new contacts, or learning important new information. That is what events like AOG are designed to do and it is very pleasing to see that reflected in the positive responses of participants.”

There were many highlights during the week which helped make AOG 2015 the most successful in its long history.

Alongside the record number of companies and the new level of international participation, there was tremendous interest in the content of the conference, in particular the new FLNG stream.

There was also national and international media interest in the special Timor-Leste industry luncheon, while the feedback on the sessions on FIFO mental health and woman in oil and gas was extremely positive.

One of the leading events on the annual global oil and gas event calendar, AOG will be returning to Perth from February 24-26 in 2016.

It will once again me a must attend event for anyone in, or interested in, the oil and gas sector. Make sure you are kept up-to-date with all that as happening at AOG 2016 by registering your interest for 2016, or to enquire about exhibiting please click here


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