2022 Retrospect

Heat Exchanger World Conference & Expo Europe

Celebrating success and exchanging what matters

The Heat Exchanger World Conference & Expo 2022 was many years in the making, but on November 1st & 2nd, the European heat exchanger community finally came together in Rotterdam! Held at the RDM former submarine yard, the venue was the perfect setting for an industrious atmosphere; visitors to the conference room and expo hall alike were treated to views of freight barges and large trade ships coursing along the trade artery of the Nieuwe Maas river, and water taxis made for a unique morning commute.


On the exhibition floor, 60 exhibiting companies welcomed conversation and demonstrations at their stands. Exchanging of cards, ideas, and business plans saw a bustling expo hall in which many commented on the high quality of visitors and positive leads. Being the first European event dedicated to uniting the heat exchanger industry in one place, the exhibition hosted suppliers, manufacturers, service providers and more, and saw the coming together of new contacts and existing friendships.

“This is a very interesting event, having the conference alongside the exhibition with many engineers from different sectors made the event very useful and practical. It was a great opportunity to exchange knowledge and expertise.”
– Abdollah Bayati, Senior Process Engineer from McDermott. 



The most prevalent talking points throughout the conference sessions were the following:

  • Acknowledging the current conservative approach of the heat exchanger industry and the need for a more open platform for exploring new ideas and solutions, especially in the context of a global energy transition
  • Various emerging technologies and applications, such as decarbonisation and hydrogen production
  • Issues surrounding design standardisation and challenges posed to welders
  • Change in lifecycle trends – Many end users now look at equipment lifecycle of 5 years rather than 10-15 years
  • Convincing end users and EPCs of new designs and technologies
Alleima’s Barinder Ghai hosted the opening conference session, concluding with a ‘call to action’ in the heat exchanger industry.
There was much discussion and audience interaction during the ‘Corrosion and fouling’ session. Here, International Consultant Craig Thomas and LyondellBasell's Neel Shah discuss coating technologies as a protective measure for heat exchangers.

Networking dinner:

The Networking Dinner took place on Tuesday, November 1st, marking the continuation of celebrations at the SS Rotterdam, a former cruise ship, gathering participants from Heat Exchanger World and Duplex World events. The evening, hosted in the ship’s grand ballroom, accommodated 180 guests who enjoyed delectable cuisine and elegant entertainment. Dr. Thomas Ladwein received the prestigious Duplex World Lifetime Achievement Award

This is an excerpt of Heat Exchanger World World Magazine, February 2023. Read the full article by clicking here.

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