The organisers of UNITI expo, the trade fair for the petroleum sector, have announced a number of enhancements for the next event.

UNITI expo was held for the first time in June last year, attracting 11,000 professionals from 92 countries, and 344 exhibitors from 29 countries, and the second one is scheduled to take place from 14-16 June 2016 in Stuttgart.

UNITI expo will move to Halls 1 and 3 in the north wing of the Stuttgart Exhibition Centre in 2016. According to the organisers, this will increase the available exhibition space by 5,000 sqm to 30,000 sqm. At 20,000 sqm, Hall 1 is the largest hall in the Exhibition Centre. By using this hall, the intention is to keep the trade fair compact and the routes through it short, despite the larger total exhibition space. This space will be divided into themed areas in order to give visitors a better overview of everything on offer.

The organisers revealed that the Zukunftsforum Tankstelle conference will no longer take place alongside the trade fair; instead, it will be held separately on 24 and 25 November 2015 in Berlin.

In response to a common suggestion for improvement made by visitors and exhibitors at UNITI expo 2014, the presentation rooms will be integrated directly into the themed areas across the exhibition halls. This will significantly reduce the walking distance to seminars and presentations which can be attended free of charge.

Visitors to UNITI expo 2016 will be able to print out their own badges when registering online. Using these badges they will have fast and easy access to the exhibition halls and an enhanced range of complementary food and drink.

The organisers announced that an exhibition party complete with dinner and entertainment will take place on the first evening of UNITI expo. Unlike the exhibitor evening in 2014, exhibitors will be able to invite not only their teams but also visitors to attend.

Elmar Kühn, ceo of UNITI-Kraftstoff which organses the expo, expressed his confidence that UNITI expo 2016 would meet the needs of the industry better thanks to the planned changes.

He said: "Based on the experience we have gained and valuable feedback from exhibitors and visitors, we have refined the UNITI expo concept and are convinced that we can build on the success of 2014 and increase the appeal of the 2016 event even more. As a result, UNITI expo 2016 will provide the ideal setting to network, exchange ideas with other experts and discuss exciting projects."