THE EVENT

Oil&nonoil-S&TC, this year being held for the fourteenth time, continues to consolidate its role as Italy’s only event for all players in the liquid and gas fuel distribution industry, from depot to vehicle tank.

It is an event that, over the years, has mirrored the technological and organisational transformation of this sector, and served as an opportunity to reflect upon, and weigh up, regulatory changes and commercial and marketing strategies. More than anything, Oil&nonoil-S&TC, year after year, has provided snapshots of the gradual growth of the network of independent fuel distribution operators.

 

This industry has always seen Oil&nonoil-S&TC as a moment for swapping notes and taking stock of the considerable changes that have shaped the fuel market over the past decade. Oil company executives, independent operators, service station owners, representatives of associations, industry suppliers, hauliers and car wash professionals all regard Oil&nonoil-S&TC as a fundamental opportunity to enrich and lend impetus to their activities, as well as learn more about the political and regulatory issues that are determining the future direction of fuel distribution.

This fair deals with fuels as its main focus, but it does so within the more general framework of the topic of mobility and services for mobility in the current era of energy transition. Fossil fuels are set to go on guaranteeing energy for the transportation of goods and people for a few more decades yet, but Oil&nonoil-S&TC, offering entrepreneurs ideas and suggesting possible processes for renewing and strengthening their activities, highlights new fuel sources and the businesses that they will drive.

The fourteenth Oil&nonoil-S&TC fair (being held in Rome’s Palazzo dei Congressi on 23-24 October) may be likened the “polis” of the fuel sector, whose “agora” sees lively discussions between operators, specialists and institutions on the issues that affect the sector and on the effects of the legislative and commercial initiatives that are changing the network. The event offers a good balance of analysis of ongoing phenomena and visions of the future – a future that is constantly changing shape on account of changes in mobility and the need to respect the environmental objectives set by international agreements.

As always, there will be plenty of conferences, seminars and workshops offering sector professionals an opportunity to engage in in-depth analysis together, and to gain insights from each other.

The industries exhibiting at the event both support and anticipate change, offering investors greater automation, more security and better controls for operations that are becoming, in some respects, increasingly complex.

In the months leading up to Oil&nonoil-S&TC in Rome, we will see a consolidation of certain balances within the sector, which is increasingly being shaped by the strategic vision and choices of both large and small network operators, from the AG Group to operators that own just a few pumps.

Unfortunately, alongside the new configuration of the distribution network that is emerging as an effect of the actions and initiatives of the Italian government, it will probably also be necessary to tackle the question of fraud. Furthermore, the event will focus on the new, emerging businesses (LNG refuelling stations and electric recharge points) and will analyse the ongoing efforts (supported by Assopetroli-Assoenergia among others) to finally get non-oil activities in service station areas to take root and flourish.

The last time this event was held in Rome (2017), it attracted over 2700 professionals, more than the previous time it was staged in the Italian capital (2015). In 2017, 21 conferences and seminars were organised and saw over 1000 operators taking part in the training programme, while 100 exhibitors and brands were represented.

Category %
Service station owners 26%
Industry suppliers 20%
Oil companies 17%
Independent operators 10%
Service station operators 8%
Car wash professionals 7%
Fuel transporters 6%
Large retailers 4%
Fleet managers 2%
TOTAL 100%

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