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The EFEE (European Federation of Explosives Engineers) 10th world Conference on Explosives and Blasting enjoyed record-breaking attendance this year when it was held at the Scandic Marina Congress Centre in Helsinki from the 15th to the 18th September.

As a gold sponsor and exhibitor, EPC Groupe, a leading force in the field of commercial explosives and drilling and blasting services, was central to the Conference.  One of 50 exhibitors, it showcased its very latest developments in blasting techniques, products and processes to the 470 delegates.

Dr Geoff Adderley, Senior Explosives Engineer, explains the importance of the EFEE Conference to EPC Groupe:

“The EFEE Conference attracts attendees from around the world, many of whom are leaders in their particular fields.  This makes it the perfect place to meet our peers, discover new developments and discuss the wider issues facing of our industry.”

In addition to the exhibition, the conference hosted 38 technical sessions on a variety of different topics, from Health, Safety and Environment, Blasting Work Experiences, and Technical Developments; to Blast Vibration and Seismology, Blast Design Management, New Applications and Training, and EU Directives and Harmonisation Work.

 “The technical sessions provided an opportunity for us to hear about the most up-to-date research and approaches on areas including environmental control and pre-splitting”, continues Dr Geoff Adderley.
“It was particularly interesting to hear the talk on research into the measurement of velocity of detonation through electromagnetic pulse detection, due to its potential for allowing easier multi-hole measurement of this parameter, as well as its additional safety benefits.”

Dr Adderley concludes:

“The conference was a huge success for EPC Groupe.  Our stand attracted many visitors and initiated several interesting discussions.

“The techniques and technology currently being deployed in the explosives and blasting industry is ground-breaking and the EFEE Conference illustrated that this innovation is set to continue, indicating that the future of our sector is extremely bright.”