Pioneering balloonist to touch down at key trade body event


21 November 2016

Pioneering balloonist to touch down at key trade body event

RECORD-BREAKING adventurer Brian Jones will be at the centre of attention once more at the annual conference of the British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA) 2017.

The English balloonist made headlines when he completed the first non-stop around-the-world voyage in a balloon powered purely by hot air and helium in 1999.

As the keynote speaker at the BCGA conference, Brian's talk will centre around how his epic journey in the Breitling Orbiter 3 was made possible not only through the innovative use of the latest technologies but also by harnessing the forces of nature.

Brian, who completed the 20-day mission alongside Swiss Bertrand Piccard, will reveal his inspirational story as part of a wide-ranging and thought-provoking programme at the event, being held at the Marriott Hotel in Worsley Park, Manchester on Thursday, April 6.

Each year, the BCGA sets out to provide a first-class speaker with a message designed to engage with the broad range of delegates attending the event.

The event will also cover a wide range of topics connected with the gas industry including speciality gases, respiratory protection equipment, cryogenics and fuel cell vehicles, with representatives from organisations including the HSE, The Fire Industry Association and the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

Reports from the BGCA's technical committees - detailing an overview of key changes and their important achievements over the last 12 months - will also be presented.

Doug Thornton, Chief Executive of the BCGA, said: "The calibre and expertise of speakers signed up for the 2017 conference reflects the scope and scale of our industry and its proactive, innovative and collaborative approach.

"We've designed the event to be of appeal to members of BCGA and to also offer an informative experience for those in organisations with a wider interest in our industry.

"The conference goes from strength to strength each year and the programme in place for 2017 provides the platform for continued success."

There's an area dedicated to the conference on the BCGA website at which provides more information about the event, the speakers and booking information.  


Notes To Editors - About BCGA

The ‘invisible industry' underpinning a safe, successful and healthy nation - industrial and medical gases are essential to the existence and wellbeing of thousands of people in the UK every day.

Industrial gases perform a wide-ranging role, supporting the manufacture of information technology, as well as key UK industrial sectors including steelmaking, refining, welding, chemical processing and electronics.

They also help keep homes warm, water clean and food nutritious, appealing and affordable - while medical gases play a critical role in applications including respiratory care, pain therapies and anaesthesia.

The British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA) is the UK membership body for this critical industry.

With a commitment to stringent quality, safety and environmental measures, BCGA members employ 19,000 people directly and account for an annual turnover of £2.7 billion.

Members of BCGA operate in a highly-regulated industry and work together on technical, safety, health and environmental issues to achieve high standards of integrity and environmental care, both within their own and customers' working environments.

BCGA promotes safety practice through its publications and also participates in the preparation and revision of National, European and International Standards.

Press release issued by Jane Shepherd, Shepherd PR - 01335 368020  

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