On March 14-16, the city on the Neva hosted the St. Petersburg Technical Fair – the largest industrial event in the North-West of Russia, organized by RESTEC® Exhibition Company.
It has become a heart-warming tradition to host the St. Petersburg Technical Fair and its supporting business events in early spring.
The display of the latest developments, exchange of experience, and joint search for new growth areas are both the main goal of the event and the key to the development of industry and contribution to its competitiveness.
This year, more than 200 participants from 11 countries, including Germany, The Czech Republic, India, Turkey, Belarus, China, France, and 20 regions of Russia, presented their products at the exhibition venue. The fair introduced the experts to its fundamental popular sections: Metalworking; Metallurgy. Casting; Mechanical Engineering; High Technologies. Innovations. Investments (HI-TECH); Compressors. Pumps. Valves. Drives; Fasteners. Metal Hardware. Tools; and Non-ferrous Industrial Materials, as well as the new sections such as Services for Enterprises and Automation of Industrial Enterprises. All exhibitions elicited a positive response and showcased the achievements of their exhibitors. Over three days, the PTFair venue was visited by more than 6,500 experts.
March 14 featured the opening ceremony of PTFair and its supporting events:
The 11th St. Petersburg Partneriat for SMEs 'St. Petersburg – Russian and Foreign Regions', as well as the Automechanica St. Petersburg and Tekhnodrev St. Petersburg exhibitions.
Sergey Movchan, Vice-Governor of St. Petersburg, was the first to welcome the participants, 'This momentous spring event has more than ten years of history, over the course of which it has been visited by participants from all Russian regions and from more than 30 neighbouring and other countries. Today the key ideas are those of export and import substitution, which we will discuss within the Partneriat business programme. We are also launching the St. Petersburg Technical Fair, so you are welcome to share experience, exchange ideas, and introduce your proposals, and the government will be certain to hear you out!'.
After the opening ceremony, the officials toured the exhibition and got acquainted with the innovations in the engineering and manufacturing industries that were on display.
Honoured guests of the exhibition paid special attention to the collective display representing the Ministry of Industry of the Republic of Belarus. This collective stand, traditionally headed by the BELORGSTANKINPROM Institute, JSC, featured the equipment and technology from major machine- and tool-building Belarusian enterprises, such as the Machine-Tool Plant n.a. S.M.Kirov, JSC; MZOR, JSC; VISTAN, JSC; Gomel Machine Tool Units Plant, JSC; StankoGomel, JSC; Gomel Plant of Special Tools and Technological Equipment, JSC; and BelTAPAZ, Grodno Plant of Lathe Chucks, JSC.
The metal manufacturing industry (Metalworking section) was represented by dozens of national companies and representative offices of foreign enterprises. Traditionally, the experts' attention was drawn to the stands with machine equipment (from the Pumori-North-West; Knuth Industry; BARUS and Abamet North-West, LLC).
Other companies that reported on their innovations and projects included Rocksystems, LLC (robotic system for engineering); Soldream-SPb, LLC (milling and grinding equipment); KR Prom, LLC (horizontal milling and boring machines with the spindle diameter from 100 to 130 mm, Russian production of GRS Ural, JSC); and the Shtray company (vacuum locking tools and marking equipment).
In turn, Metalforme, LLC; Promstroymetall, LLC; Alfleth Engineering; Vende Group, LLC; Evroblast, LLC (new coating technology); Mashservice, LLC (carbide cutting tools); and Grinding technology, LLC (new abrasive tools) presented updated line-ups of equipment, tools and tooling, as well as new metalworking technologies.
The Fasteners. Metal Hardware. Tools section was dedicated to large enterprises of the relevant industry, such as MMK-Metiz, Rechitsa Metizny Plant, Orel Steel-Rolling plant (the Severstal-Metiz Group), KamKuz, and other companies.
The German collective stand, organized by Bayern International with support of the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology, featured the Open Mind, Walter Hunger, Gries & Go. KG, Symeo, Otto Oehme, and Megatron enterprises. These companies introduced the people of St. Petersburg to the following services and products: software and sensor technology for the manufacturing industry; tools for metal processing; products and options in the radar and satellite system sector; and tools and equipment for industrial cleaning.
Those who wanted to learn more about the Czech industrial leaders in the metallurgy, metal processing, and mechanical engineering sectors, such as Kdynium, Proman, Slévárna Heunisch Brno, Zdas a.s., and Smeral Brno, were welcome at the collective exhibition of the Czech Republic organized by the Сzech Trade Offices in St. Petersburg.
It was the first time this year when India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) with the support of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry of India organised a multi-product “India Sourcing Fair” exhibition concurrently with Petersburg Technical Fair, Automechanika and Partneriat. 50 companies from India displayed their products of engineering sector for automotive, polymeric materials and plastics, consumer goods industry and computer technology. Ministry of Steel of India and Steel Authority of India Limited presented the latest technologies in the above mentioned sector of economy.
This year's Business Programme of the St. Petersburg Technical Fair included the 11th St. Petersburg Partneriat for SME, alongside with partners' events. Over 20 business and congress events brought together experts from the real economy sector to address the pressing issues of the industry.
These events included: The panel discussion on 'Supporting Exports, Import Substitution and Improving the Business Climate: Results, New Challenges and Best Practices'; the 'New Technology of Sand Casting' seminar; the 'Fasteners. Quality and Responsibility' conference; the 'Industry 4.0: Digitalization of the Industry. Regional Development Through the Implementation of Industry 4.0 Concept' conference; the 'Complex Projects as a Driver of Innovative Development for Small and Medium Enterprises in the Regions' conference; the 'Staffing Support of Industrial Growth' round table; the 'High-Tech Business: Prospects and Growth Drivers' conference; and many more.
The plenary session, which covered such topics as export support, import substitution, and business climate improvement, featured discussions on the issues related to the economic situation in the country, the new state support initiatives, the types of subsidies, the efficiency of financial and non-financial support, as well as the functioning of the Project Office of the Governor of St. Petersburg.
Issues of export activities, subsidies to industrial enterprices of St. Petersburg, business development of the North-West region were presented in the speeches of E.D.Grogoryev, Chaorman of the St. Petersburg Committee for External Relations, E.I.Kachaev, Chairman of the St. Petersburg Committee for Entrepreneurship and Consumer Market, M.S. Meyksin, Chairman of the St. Petersburg Industrial Policy and Innovations Committee.
Innovation is the basis of the HI-TECH exhibition and the 'Best Innovation Project and Best Scientific and Technological Invention of the Year' contest. Established in 1998 by the Russian Ministry of Science and Technology, the Contest currently offers not only a chance to be recognized as a ground-breaking company, but also an opportunity to present one's innovations to potential investors and consumers. The expert evaluation of the projects is carried out by the Republican Research Scientific and Consulting Centre of Expertise Research Institute, a Federal State Budgetary Scientific Institution that is one of the leading experts among the public scientific and technological institutions in Russia. Over the 19 years of the Contest's history, prizes have been awarded to more than three thousand research projects, many of which have received international recognition. This year, there have been over 100 applications for participating in the Contest.
Over the course of first two days, the experts reviewed the Contest submissions, while on the third day of the exhibition, dubbed the HI-TECH Day, the experts reported the results of their work, and the winners received their awards.
Just as last year, the Grand Prix of the Contest went to Siberia. The winner was the 'Catalytic Heating Plants' project by Catalysis Institute n.a. G.K. Boreskov of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Special prizes were given to innovators from different regions: The Kazan National Research Technological University, for developing the 'Production of Cellulose Based on Straw Materials' project; the STC Trubmetprom, LLC, for developing the 'Vortex Cavitation Technology for Cleaning Metal Surfaces in Water and a Universal Module for Cleaning the Exterior Surfaces of pipes with a Diameter of 7÷11 mm' project; the Novokramatorsky Mashinostroitelny Zavod, PJSC, for developing the 'Creating a Steel-Smelting Complex on the Basis of the Modern Electric Arc Furnace with a Capacity of 15 Tons' project; the Institute of Geology of Karelian Research Centre of RAS, for developing 'Super-Clean Quartz: Karelian-Kola Quartziferous Province of Russia' project; and the GaloElastomer, LLC, for the solid-phase halide modification of synthetic and natural rubbers.
Some projects were not only honoured with awards but also received an opportunity to appear at the INVESTODROM, a new platform for developing mature investment projects and creating an interactive investment and innovation environment. The INVESTODROM participants received feedback about the demand for the products they offered, and recommendations on their improvement.
The Matchmaking Centre, an online service which allows the user to find potential partners and coordinate business negotiations according to a customized schedule, also turned into an effective form of interactive work during the exhibition days. Over the 3 days of PTFair activities, the specially equipped Matchmaking Centre area hosted 1,118 meetings.
This year, the dynamic and diverse programme of the St. Petersburg Technical Fair showed that, even against the background of the challenging economic situation, industry continues to greatly interest the government and business, the market in constantly searching for ways to develop and optimize production, and the innovation environment is actively functioning.
The organizing committee thanks all our colleagues and partners for their cooperation and looks forward to meeting them all again at PTFair 2018!