Where the Engine Industry Meets • A golden opportunity in Spring 2013
Ship owners and operators with a mind to hear all the latest on global emissions compliance, new fuels and developments in engine and turbocharger products have a golden opportunity to do just that in Spring 2013. From 13 to 16 May 2013 in Shanghai, China, experts across several industries from CIMAC's 28 member countries worldwide, including engine manufacturers, engine users, component suppliers, fuel and lubricant companies, research organizations, classification societies and renown universities will meet at the 27th CIMAC World Congress on Combustion Technology to talk about the internal combustion engine industry today and tomorrow.
This prestigious event comes at exactly the mid-point between the enactment of IMO Tiers II and III and the nomination and implementation of the first Emission Control Areas. “Historically, the Congress has been the forum for exchanging information that has been relevant and useful for literally every kind of stakeholder in the engine industry,” notes CIMAC Secretary General Markus Heseding. "And to this very day, the CIMAC remains a focal, if not the focal, event for engine builders, engine users and regulatory bodies looking for a definitive overview of both the technical and commercial aspects of the business.”
Looking at 2013 in particular, the Congress will be gearing up just as the major user of large engines – the shipping industry – will be feeling the squeeze from low returns as a result of cargo space overcapacity and rising fuel prices. “We’re getting closer and closer to 1 January 2016, and it’s already quite clear that the recent developments in the industry are going to pose a challenging backdrop for contemplating legislation that will certainly increase total costs of engine ownership,” says Axel Kettmann, Senior Vice President for Sales, Marketing and Service at ABB Turbocharging in Baden, Switzerland. “So a major section of engine end users will be looking for answers not just with regard to the question of emissions but to the much more difficult issue of emissions compliance at reduced fuel consumption.” ABB Turbocharging is a major corporate sponsor for the upcoming CIMAC Congress.
Added significance with the 2013 location
Significantly, the 2013 Congress is being hosted by CIMAC’s National Member Association in China, namely the Chinese Society of Internal Combustion Engines (CSICE). China is the fastest-growing producer of engines worldwide and the research papers submitted for presentation at the Congress promise to offer completely brand-new insights into Chinese engine development and its underlying drivers.
About the CIMAC
A brief look at CIMAC’s history and aims explains why the Congress has become the very first address for information about the engine industry. The International Council on Combustion Engines was founded in 1951 by the engine industry for the engine industry in order to promote the sharing and exchange of information and expertise. “This goal of ensuring that we as experts in the engine industry do share what we know is more important than ever for reducing emissions and for reaching our next milestone with IMO Tier III.” Heseding adds.
CIMAC achieves those goals through events and committees involving the whole of the large engine industry. “The Congress is obviously our largest and most prolific event in terms of delegate numbers and information presented and discussed, but it takes place only once every three years. In the interim between Congresses, we keep those discussions alive through other events, such as the CIMAC CIRCLE and CASCADES,” says Heseding. Held at major trade shows, the CIMAC CIRCLE discussions revolve around cutting-edge technological developments and latest industry issues and trends. CASCADES is the CIMAC’s most recent addition to its event calendar, and it aims to give younger engineers the chance to meet their peers and to rub shoulders with their more experienced colleagues.
Committees include the important CIMAC Working Groups that work to present industry-wide views on key subjects. “These Groups are where the nuts and bolts of CIMAC’s contribution to progress in the engine industry really become visible,” Heseding adds. Thanks to the stability that a core of permanent Working Groups offers, ad-hoc Working Groups can be formed flexibly as new issues arise. The groups currently comprise:
• Classification Societies
(WG 2 CS-D)
• Crankshaft Rules (WG 4 CD)
• Electronics and Software Systems (WG 15 ESS)
• Exhaust Emissions Control (WG 5 EEC)
• Fuels (WG 7 F)
• Gas Engines (WG 17 GE)
• Marine Lubricants (WG 8 ML)
• Unified Rules for Vibration Analysis and Measurement (WG 14 UR)
• Users (WG 10)
“With such a wide spectrum of subjects, it’s not surprising that CIMAC’s Working Groups have produced numerous technical recommendations since their inception in 1968 or that a significant number of those recommendations are enshrined in global regulations,” Heseding says.
For next year’s Congress, CIMAC has received over 400 proposals for technical papers. The evaluation process of all these submissions has already begun in order to ensure a quick response for potential authors.
The themes of the Congress Sessions will be:
• Product development – diesel engines
• Product development – gas and dual-fuel engines
• Fundamental engineering – piston engines
• Environment, fuel and combustion – diesel engines
• Environment, fuel and combustion – gas and dual-fuel engines
• Component and maintenance technology
• Integrated systems and EC
• Users’ aspects – marine applications
• Users’ aspects – land-based applications (power generation, CHP, oil and gas, rail, etc.)
Participating in the Congress
People interested in participating in the Congress have several options for choosing how they would like to be involved. Aside from presenting a paper or visiting the Congress as a delegate, participants also have various opportunities for extending their involvement in the Congress at other levels, such as sponsorship.
Sponsoring the Congress
Sponsorship is an integral part of the CIMAC Congress and widely recognized by globally active companies as a prime opportunity to address engine builders and engine users on a global scale.
CIMAC offers a wide range of sponsorship opportunities and invites companies to support CIMAC by benefiting from sponsorship of the 2013 World Congress. Details are available at
Find Out More
Details about how to participate as a visitor, exhibitor or sponsor can be found at http://www.cimac.com/congress_2013/congress_2013.htm. Interested individuals can also download invitations and other informative documents about the CIMAC, the Congress and more.
As ever, this year’s CIMAC World Congress will be accompanied by exhibitions by manufacturers and service providers from the engine industry and associated sectors. In fact, one of the reasons for choosing the Shanghai Exhibition Center as the venue for the 2013 Congress was its excellent exhibition facilities and long record of running successful, high-profile trade shows. In total, exhibition space of some 10,000 sq. m. has been reserved to accommodate the many different companies that will present their portfolios and services at the 27th CIMAC World Congress.
The CIMAC World Congress is a gathering of some of the best technical minds on the matter of power for all transport modes.
Pictured is the new SCANIA DI16 with a max torque of 3,340 Nm at
(As published in the October 2012 edition of Maritime Reporter - www.marinelink.com)