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Process engineering in focus at major forum.

Manama: Thousands of industry experts will converge in Bahrain for a major event to facilitate the exchange of practical experiences in all aspects of process engineering.

The third Middle East Process Engineering Conference and Exhibition (MEPEC) 2015 will be held from September 15 to 17 at the Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre.

It will be held under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa and supported by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

The theme of MEPEC 2015 is "Delivering Process Efficiency through Innovation and Value Creation".

Global experts, industry decision-makers, and senior government executives will come together to address topics such as Flexible Technologies for a Competitive Advantage, Resource Sustainability and Expanding the Value Chain to name but a few.

In addition, experts will also seek solutions to the various challenges that process engineers face.

"MEPEC has developed continually since its first edition in 2011, and we are confident that this year's event will be the best yet," conference chairman, Audah Al Ahmadi was quoted as saying,

"In addition to a high level technical programme featuring all the key companies and industry experts, we have an outstanding Industry Initiative programme that highlights MEPEC's commitment to investing in the future of Process Engineering."

MEPEC will feature a major lineup of keynote speakers who will add their expertise to the conference program.

This includes AspenTech president and chief executive Antonio Pietri, UOP A Honeywell Company president and CEO Rajeev Gautam, Royal Commission at Yanbu executive president and CEO Dr Alaa Nassif and AIChE executive director June Wispelwey.

MEPEC's exhibition will feature over 8,000 sqm of exhibition area and more than 150 exhibiting companies from across the Gulf region and beyond.

MEPEC features a strong programme of Industry Initiatives including the first AIChE Middle East Regional Chem-E-Car Competition.

Designed to ignite the spirit of innovation in young minds, this activity challenges undergraduate students to develop and construct a car powered by a chemical or biochemical energy source.

"I am very grateful that AIChE have brought their exciting competition to MEPEC, which is the first time that it will take place in the Middle East Region," Mr Al Ahmadi said of the competition.

"It will create the spirit of innovation and competition among chemical engineering students in universities in the area.

"Consequently, it will enrich their thinking process and enhance their capabilities."

Other Industry Initiatives include the Leadership Excellence for Women Awards - LEWA - a celebration of innovation, leadership, achievement and talent as demonstrated by women in the academic and business sectors of the industry. The nine LEWA nominees will be recognised at the MEPEC awards ceremony and gala dinner that will be held on September 15.

ChemME - the dedicated student programme at MEPEC will allow hundreds of engineering undergraduates to access the conference to learn and network with industry professionals, in addition to taking part in activities designed to foster new ideas about the industry such as the Debate Competition and the Simulation Challenge.

Innovation and Commercialisation Zone - is a unique platform exclusively devoted to innovations in the process industry.

Industrial and commercial companies, universities, inventors and researchers will present their inventions, the results of their research and new products and processes.

Participants include Halliburton, Baker Hughes and Dhahran Techno Valley Company.

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Date:Sep 10, 2015
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