Under the theme of Doing Business in a post-COVID19 Economy, the 2021 Asia Pacific Fuel Industry Forum (APFI Forum), ACAPMA’s annual industry conference, will be held over 4 and 5 November 2021 and will feature information, insight and innovation from industry leaders, regulators and specialists. From chain of responsibility to measurement instruments, employment to fuel contractor skills, future fuels to future of convenience, fuel security to future legislation, the forward focused the Forum Agenda explores in detail the future of the downstream industry and arms delegates with information and inspiration.

“This years APFI Forum will continue the tradition of a focus on top quality speakers and presentations that are designed to engergise and inform delegates, and arm them with information and knowledge that they can use in their businesses now, while preparing for the uncertain and challenging future” explained ACAPMA CEO Mark McKenzie.

The APFI Forum will be held at the Adelaide Conference and Exhibition Center over 4 and 5 November 2021 and ACAPMA is pleased to announce the latest confirmed speakers including;

  • Nick Carter, Senior Vice President Energy and Technology for Macquarie Group who will provide his informed and expert views on the electric vehicle outlook for Australia, the challenges and opportunities that this emerging market will pose to the downstream petroleum industry
  • Sandra Parker, the Fair Work Ombudsman, who will be providing the insights that only the regulator can on the businesses critical employment compliance area as well as outlining the regulators future focus and enforcement strategy
  • Michael Kaine, National Secretary for the Transport Workers Union, who will be providing his learned and unique insight on Chain of Responsibility (CoR) in fuel industry transport and logistics, and what it means for both fuel wholesalers and fuel retailers
  • Ketan Kale, CEO at eFuel Systems, who will be highlighting the digital innovations and opportunities that exist in the Australian fuel retail sector
  • Ashley Sanders, Technical Director at Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, who will be providing insights to the vehicles of the future and their specific refuelling needs into 2030 and beyond including EVs and Hydrogen
  • Ronan Gilhawley, Principal at Oliver Wyman, who will share detailed reporting and forecasts on the future of petrol convenience at a global and national level
  • Anthony Lahiff, National Sales Manager at Nilsen Networks, who explore the technical challenges we are facing now around the installation of high power fast chargers for EVs on todays forecourts

These excellent speakers are in addition to those already announced including;

  • Scott Wyatt, CEO of Viva Energy Australia, who will present on hydrogen and future fuels and their impact on the industry
  • Angus McKay, CEO of 7-Eleven Australia, on the future of convenience and the challenges and many opportunities that technology and changing customer perceptions offer
  • Paul Walsh, CEO of Australian Industry Standards, on the fuel contractor skills development program and the risk management that comes from implementing formal professional development pathways in fuel design, installation, maintenance and decommissioning
  • Bill Loizides, General Manager Legal Metrology of the National Measurement Institute, on trade measurement in the fuel industry and the important and necessary steps fuel wholesale and retail businesses need to take now to ensure compliance and protect customers, reputation and the business

With more speakers yet to be announced the APFI Forum is a must attend event for operators and professionals working in, or servicing, the fuel wholesale and retail industries.

The detailed, fast pasted and knowledge focused conference program is complemented by a series of social and networking events designed to allow delegates to come together to discuss and explore what they have learnt, catch up with colleagues and suppliers, and simply enjoy eachothers company.

“With most of us having spent large blocks of time working from home and sitting in front of our computers on Zoom teleconferences, a special effort has been made this year to provide meaningful opportunities for delegates to network during a series of relaxed social events over the course of the two day programme”, added Mark.

The first of these comprises a Welcome Cocktail reception on the night before the conference begins (i.e. 3 November 2021), with a new Festival of Food function to be held on the Riverside Lawns of the Adelaide Convention Centre at the end of Day 1 (4 November 2021). Day 2 (5 November 2021) commences with a networking breakfast for all delegates and a business lounge will operate over the full two-day period to provide a place for more serious business discussions as required.

“Mindful of the challenges all businesses have faced over the past 12 months, we have almost halved our pricing for full event attendance and have designed an event that maximises the opportunity for suppliers to network with retail delegates – as opposed to being ‘chained to a booth’ in a trade hall”, said Mark.

“If you have never been to the Asia Pacific Industry Forum before, then this is the year to come along – and join the 300 plus industry delegates and stakeholders that regularly attend this annual industry event”, concluded Mark.

Further event details can be found here:  https://apfiforum.com/  and an outline of the conference programme can be found here: https://apfiforum.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/2021_APFI_Forum_Program_250521.pdf .

Delegate Registrations will open soon.  To register your interest and
receive regular updates about the 2021 Forum, please click here https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/96DMCZV

Conference Sponsorship packages and a newly released limited number of supplier marquees are also available and further information about these opportunities can be obtained by emailing ACAPMA’s new Marketing and Membership Manager, Julianne Channing at julieanney@acapma.com.au