Refining Community and Coking.com, which produce REFCOMM®, the premier refinery training, conference, and exhibition event, have been acquired by the global metals, mining and fertilizer powerhouse CRU.
The organization, which operates Coking.com and Catcracking.com, will operate under the name RefComm®, and will continue to offer unrivaled training and field services in the delayed coking and fluid catalytic cracking sectors, while also producing the flagship event RefComm® Galveston, which draws more than 600 refiners, operators, and vendors to Galveston, Texas each year to participate in the conference, training, and exhibition. In addition, RefComm® will continue to produce conferences in other strategic locations around the globe, including Europe, Asia, and South America.
“After more than 21 years creating, growing and developing the RefComm® business with fellow co-owners Evan Hyde and Gary Pitman, I am delighted that we have found a new home with CRU. The acquisition strengthens our position in the refining space while allowing us to continue our focus on refinery safety, new technology, and best practices, and continue to grow the conferences and field service division,” says RefComm® owner, Paul Orlowski.
CRU Chairman Robert Perlman said: “This acquisition enables CRU to take a prominent position in the refining industry conference space. The significant move to work in field services presents further development opportunities for CRU’s continued growth. We have an excellent fit between our two businesses, providing enhanced value for our technical customers around the world.”
RefComm® events include RefComm® Mumbai, which ran Nov. 11 – 14, 2019 in Mumbai, India, and attracted enthusiastic participation and a 1:1 refiner to vendor ratio. In 2020, RefComm® will once again produce its flagship RefComm® Galveston, drawing more than 600 attendees and 100 exhibitors. It includes Solvent Deasphalting (SDA) for the first time ever and Sulfur Recovery. RefComm® will also take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, 22 – 25 June 2020, and Gdańsk, Poland, 2 – 5 November, 2020, where we will once again offer the popular resid hydrocracking (RHCU) track.
About CRU: CRU offers unrivalled business intelligence on the global metals, mining and fertilizer industries through market analysis, price assessments, consultancy and events. Since the company’s foundation in 1969, CRU has consistently invested in primary research and robust methodologies, and developed expert teams in key locations worldwide, including in hard-to-reach markets such as China. CRU employs more than 292 experts and has more than 11 offices around the world, in Europe, the Americas, China, Asia and Australia.
About RefComm®: RefComm® provides consulting, technical support, field services, training, regional events, and industry conferences to oil refineries and gas plants around the world. RefComm’s services include safe unit operation, process optimization, HAZOP and P&ID review, preventive maintenance programs, start-up & commissioning, turnaround support, design, troubleshooting, and best practices. RefComm® is highly focused on bottom of the barrel upgrading: Delayed Coking Units (DCU), Fluid Catalytic Cracking Units (FCCU), Solvent Deasphalting (SDA), and Resid HydroCracking (RHCU), along with Sulfur Recovery (SRU). RefComm® strives to help its customers increase their production while minimizing risk.