St. Petersburg Technical Fair took place from 12 to 14 March 2013 representing 20 nations and more than 500 companies having demostrated their products, services and latest developments.
It was the meeting place for decision-makers and business leaders representing a wide range of industries such as metallurgy and casting, metalworking, mechanical engineering, compressors, pumps, valves and accessories, high technologies, innovation and investments.
Overall attendance of 8600 comprising buyers, exhibitors and media shows that the importance of the St. Petersburg Technical Fair cannot be overestimated. Besides that a large number of the general public took the opportunity to find out more about the wide-ranging exhibits.
Due to the fact that the visitors were mostly specialists in their industries and were interested in specific solutions, the majority of exhibitors praised the event for the opportunities to establish valuable business contacts with local and foreign companies. An exhibiting company TASOWHEEL GEARS, Finland, said: “St. Petersburg Technical Fair is very promising exhibition for us and it’s the fourths time we are here. Every Year we get a lot of visitors and we establish some good relations. We see that there is a great demand for the goods that we offer and we would like to get new customers here. Year after year we get a better impression of the Russian market and we are 100% sure that this Fair is one of the best exhibitions in Russia and we are going to take part in it next year”.
This year in the framework of St. Petersburg Technical Fair the International Specialised Conference and Exhibition AUTOPROM Russia 2013 is to be held for the first time. It is the only event for further development of an automotive-component supply chain and all industry players in Russia.
What made the Fair 2013 even more special were co-held exhibitions for sheet metal working BLECH Russia and the first-ever Fastener Fair Russia. St. Petersburg Technical Fair also made focus on automotive sector with AUTOPROM Russia 2013 conference and exhibition devoted to the full cycle of auto-component manufacturing.
Four pavilions of Lenexpo – 7, 8a, 8 ,5 – were fully booked up with highly satisfied exhibitors. The countries whose representatives participated in the Fair in various formats included Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Finland, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Poland, China, Taiwan. Representative of Made in Germany stand also noted: “This is our mission these days here – we are looking for Russian potential clients to expand our activity within Russian market. The exhibition seems to be very interesting because we had so many visitors so far getting acquainted to what we are doing and producing. I do hope that we will have very fruitful results in the future with this contacts we obtained during these couple of days of the exhibition”.
Various issues, including law enforcement, international cooperation, technical innovations and practical cases analysis have come to the attention of participants of the business program events. The plenary session was opened by the Head of Department of industry and future markets of the Ministry of Economic Affairs of North Rhine-Westphalia Dr. Wilgart Schuchardt-Müller. She covered the development strategies of innovative industries and the Lead Market Initiative for Europe. Mr. Timur Mikaya, Director of the Department of transport and specialised engineering of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, noted that: "participation in the exhibition and business program events provides the opportunities for business cooperation, mutual understanding and a long-term dialogue and business development, including the international level”. On the second day of the Fair the School of Suppliers was held within the framework of AUTOPROM Russia 2013. Discussion focused on the issues of localisation of engineering and production facilities was supported by the reports by Olga Murphy, Deputy Department Director at VTB-Development, and Vladimir Shvedikov, Senior Researcher of the Central Research Institute of Structural Materials Prometey. A debate was brought by the question of innovative project development at round table meeting “Opportunities and Discoveries”. The participating experts came to a conclusion that it is necessary to choose the right moment for turning an idea into project, and a project into business. In addition to an eventful business program, St. Petersburg Technical Fair provided the participants with an opportunity to take part in the Best Innovative Project and The Best Scientific and Technical Development of the Year Contest. Total number of projects and developments amounted to 265 projects and developments awarded by 77 diplomas, 92 silver medals, 90 gold medals, 5 special prizes and a Grand Prix.
The next edition of St. Petersburg Technical Fair is set on 12-14 March 2014.