The 2010 Permian Basin International Oil Show kicked off Tuesday morning with an opening ceremony to recognize everyone that helped make it possible, as well as, this year's honorees, Jack Brown and Cy Wagner, Jr. After that, the ribbon was cut, and the people started piling in. Once inside the gates, over 700 exhibits were set up and ready to be checked out.
Some vendors were from right here in the Basin and others from halfway around the world. Big 2 spoke to exhibitors from China, Canada and Japan. But whether their travel time was 10 minutes or over ten hours, most all of the people we spoke with were here for the same reason. "To meet new people, new customers, to show what we can do and services we provide for people in the oil business, " says Midland man Scooter Williams, Fleet Director for The DRM Companies.
The show brought in a number of Japanese companies. One spoke with one of them based out of Beijing. "We hope to get some customers here and also learn how to do business here," says Bin Lu, Beijing ITG Valve.
Canada also brought in a number of companies. Clint Bowers of Brace Tool based out of Alberta says, "We hope to get some customers. Obviously get our name out there and show the quality of our products."
Axon's Jason Pretzer, who traveled from Saskatchewan, says "the main goal is to make a whole bunch of leads and hopefully somewhere down the road sell some software. "
For some, it was there first time out PBIOS. "We heard the show was a really good show, so we thought we would stop in and experience for ourselves," says Pretzer.
Others are back after already having previous success. "This is our second time," says Bin Lu, Beijing ITG Valve Corporation.
And after attending 25 shows, one seasoned veteran explains what keeps them coming back. According DRM's Scooter Williams, "This is where it starts. The new ideas, the new techniques. It's a proving ground for new ideas."
Gates re-open back up Wednesday morning at ten o'clock. Be sure to keep it locked on Big 2 News. We'll continue to bring you live updates from the show everyday this week.