The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) has been held annually since 1969 and is Oil States' largest trade show event of the year. Held at Reliant Park in Houston, Texas, OTC provides an excellent venue for our staff to network with peers and to showcase our technological leadership to customers, partners and industry decision makes form around the globe.
This year's conference took place from May 6th-9th
and was our 44th consecutive OTC. Attendance at this year's even reached a 30 year high of 104,800 - the second highest in show history and up 17% from last year. All told, the sold-out exhibition featured 2,728 companies in offshore drilling, exploration, production and environmental protection, representing over 40 countries.
Among the more high profile attendees were numerous state Governors, U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, energy ministers from around the world, Norwegian royalty and most important, hundreds of Houston area classroom teachers and students representing the future of our industry.
We were pleased to unveil a new booth this year, complete with conference rooms, refreshment area, large display area and new 'eye-catcher' videos featured on a large format screen positioned above the booth and dual MicroTile displays located at the front of the booth. The new booth offers more space and flexibility to showcase our products, services and capabilities. Product and model displays focused on our diverse offshore product offerings, including: FlexJoint® connectors, tendon products, tubular connectors, subsea pipeline products valve products, specialized welding, deck equipment, fixed platform products, abrasive cutting tools and clutches and brakes.
Networking and socializing is always an important part of OTC and 2013 was no exception. Oil States' annual OTC Hospitality Receptions were held on Monday and Tuesday evenings, May 6th and 7th, at the Holiday Inn Reliant Park. The much anticipated events were well attended by our customers and associates and enjoyed by all.
This year's conference was a great success for Oil States, and we thank all the Oil States personnel who helped to bring it all together. mark your calendar for next year's OTC, scheduled for May 5th-8th, 2014.