IChemE plans to bring events to Asia

19th January 2010

IChemE is looking to bring a full schedule of events to Asia in the coming years, with plans for training and technical events, in particular, an Asian version of the highly successful Hazards conference on health and safety in the process industry. “We’re working with the industry association CICM (Chemical Industries Council of Malaysia) to present Hazards Asia in conjunction with the well-established and very popular Asia Pacific Responsible Care conference, which CICM hopes to host in Malaysia in 2011,” says Atkinson.

Where ten years ago, IChemE was an overwhelmingly British institution, today, some 32% of its membership base is from outside the UK. Australia boasts the second-largest contingent with 3030 members but Malaysia is rapidly catching up, with 2333 at the end of 2009. Malaysia is also the fastest-growing area of membership for IChemE, with 32% growth in 2009 and 35% in 2008. The decision by the New Zealand chemical engineering organisation SCENZ to become part of IChemE demonstrates that this trend is set to continue, as are the recently-signed cooperation agreements with sister organisations in South Africa, Canada and India.