Berlin/London/Kassel/Essen, 21 February 2020: With over 25,000 visitors and 800 exhibitors, E-world in Essen, which took place from 11th to 13th February, has once again proved that it is the leading trade fair for the energy industry in Europe. One of the biggest attractions at the fair was the GPG Group's corporate stand, in collaboration with WINGAS and Gazprom Marketing & Trading (GM&T) which provided the perfect opportunity to initiate joint discussions with their customers and visitors.
For the third time in a row the companies presented the business activities of the GPG Group and promoted natural gas as an energy source. Together, WINGAS and GM&T have made it clear that natural gas plays a central and reliable role in Europe's energy supply. The high interest in hydrogen and the increased demand for natural gas show that gaseous energy carriers are now particularly needed in Europe. “The desired energy change is not possible without climate-friendly, economically viable and technologically versatile fuels. Natural gas meets all these requirements better than any alternative, stated Matthias Peter, Head of Marketing, WINGAS. Together with our customers, we continue to develop our modern product and service portfolio, cementing our contribution to a secure, climate-friendly and affordable energy supply”.
E-world was an excellent opportunity for WINGAS and GM&T to present their strong presence in Europe and to meet current and potential business partners, customers and other players in the energy sector and discuss business relationships. Great importance is attached to direct contact and exchange with people. “These face to face interactions help us to discover what our customers’ needs are and how we can work together to progress issues. This year, the discussion topics revolved around the future energy landscape and national emissions trading. According to energy experts, natural gas is not only a bridging technology, but an essential building block in the energy supply of the future,” commented Marcus Mentel, Head of Account Management Germany, WINGAS. Industrial customers rely heavily on natural gas which will be indispensable for municipal utilities in the future.
Fibre optic cables
Another important topic of this year's exhibition was the digitalisation and expansion of the IT infrastructure with fast fibre optic cables in Germany and Europe. The WINGAS Marketing Assets department, who are responsible for expanding and marketing fibre optic cables, took this as an opportunity to promote its business. "For us the trade fair was an absolute success," explains Head of the Department Thomas Böhlert. WINGAS Marketing Assets sponsored the Fibre Optics Forum, which as part of E-world for the second year and was organised by the industry association for broadband communication (BREKO), among others. "We used the event effectively and were on site with our entire account management team to explain our sales opportunities and our product portfolio," said Böhlert.
GAZPROM Germania Group
The GAZPROM Germania Group is part of the world's largest producers of natural gas Gazprom. Since its establishment in 1990 the Group has developed into an international group of companies with 44 companies in 16 countries in Europe and Asia. Together with its strategic partners, GAZPROM Germania GmbH helps ensure a reliable, environmentallyfriendly, and sustainable energy supply for Europe.
WINGAS, a subsidiary of GAZPROM Germania, is one of the largest suppliers of natural gas in Germany since it was founded in 1993. The energy company is active in natural gas trading across Europe: in Belgium, Austria, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Its customers include municipal utilities, regional gas suppliers, industrial firms and power plants.
Gazprom Marketing & Trading Limited (GM&T Ltd)
Gazprom Marketing & Trading Limited (GM&T) is a UK-registered subsidiary of GAZPROM Germania. GM&T is headquartered in London and was established in 1999 to manage Gazprom's marketing and trading activities in the liberalised markets of Europe. GM&T is responsible for the optimisation of Gazprom’s energy commodity assets and downstream expansion through its marketing and trading network. With subsidiaries in USA, Singapore, France, UK and Switzerland, GM&T trades energy commodities including gas, power, oil and oil products, carbon, LNG and FX.