The International Society of Automation (ISA) announced today that more than 300 corporate and government officials, manufacturing representatives and consultants across the world attended the association’s 2012 Automation Conference in Doha, Qatar, the first ever ISA conference held in the Middle East.
The two-day event, held 9-10 December 2012 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, was conducted through the support of His Excellency Dr. Mohamed bin Saleh al-Sada, Qatar’s Minister of Energy and Industry, and the Chairman and Managing Director of Qatar Petroleum, which manages all phases of the oil and gas industry in Qatar.
“ISA is an international association, and this conference gave us the opportunity to increase awareness of our core strengths among government and industry leaders in this part of the world,” says ISA’s Executive Director and CEO Patrick Gouhin, who attended the conference along with Jean Pierre Hauet, ISA’s District 12 Vice President and France Section President, and Leo Staples, 2011 ISA President and Chairman of the Automation Federation, an ISA affiliate. “All facets of industry, from oil and gas and petrochemicals to power and instrumentation, are looking for ways to better capitalize on the value and potential of automated systems, obtain the skilled workforce needed to operate them, and ensure safe, reliable and efficient operations.”
The conference attracted attendees from within Qatar and across the world, including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Russia, France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Great Britain, and the US.
The local attendees represented a wide range of major companies, including QP, RasGas, Qatargas, Qatar Fertiliser Company (Qafco), Qatar Fuel Additives Company (Qafac), Qatar Chemical Company (Q-Chem), Oryx GTL, Qatar Petrochemical Company (Qapco), Qatar Vinyl Company (QVC), Dolphin Energy and Qatar Aluminium (Qatalum).