The 8th edition of St. Petersburg Technical Fair was held on March 13-15, 2012. The event included a wide range of exhibitions, conferences and various activities that covered the fields of metallurgy, metalworking, mechanical engineering, industrial automation, high-technologies, industrial innovations, hydraulics, non-metals for industrial purposes, and services for industrial enterprises. For the first time it also featured such topic as fasteners.
The PTFair 2012 excelled the previous projects in terms of organising and holding event program and numbers of participants and visitors attracted. Over 600 Russian and international companies and organisations from 17 world countries showcased their products, services and projects at the exhibition space of 7 760 sqm. The countries whose representatives participated in the Fair in various formats included Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Hungary, Romania, Germany, Finland, Poland, China, Taiwan, Turkey, Spain, Malta, France, atvia, the Czech Republic, and Estonia. The Fair’s events and activities were attended by 8 700 specialists and experts.
It is noteworthy that four high-ranking regional officials visited the Fair’s events at once: Georgy Poltavchenko, Governor of St. Petersburg; Nikita Belykh, Governor of Kirov region; Igor Slyunyayev, Governor of Kostroma region; Vyacheslav Shport, Governor of Khabarovsk region. Mr. Poltavchenko stressed the significance and high level of the event being held in his welcome address to the participants and guests: “It has become a good tradition to hold such a large-scale business and exhibition event. I’m sure that St. Petersburg Technical Fair will mark one more step on the way of developing the economy of St. Petersburg – as wall as that of the whole country”.
The Fair was divided into several specialised exhibitions that were open throughout the three days: Metallurgy and Casting; Metalworking; Mechanical Engineering; High technologies, Innovations, Investment; Fastener; Non-metals for Industrial Purposes; Services for Industrial Enterprises. The exhibitors demonstrated advanced technologies, equipment, and tools applicable for a broad spectrum of economic and scientific branches. The participants pointed out the unquestionable benefit of the Fair to their businesses. Thus, an exhibiting company DEMA Präzisionsteile GmbH, Germany, said: “We are very pleased with the Fair. It was good experience”. The response of Ocotec Oy, Finland, was also remarkable: “General impression is positive. I like this Fair, it’s well organised. Broad geography of the Russian visitors, even from Siberia”. Another foreign participant that represented S.C. SIM-CO BH SRL (Romania) also remarked: “Very good exhibition. I’m here for the fifth time – and it’s not the last time for sure”. Photos of PTFair`s exhibits are available here https://twitter.com/#!/PTFair_news/media/grid
It was the Fair’s objective not only to demonstrate new products and services, but also to contribute to establishing direct contacts between R&D specialists and high-tech manufacturers – as well as industrialists. St. Petersburg Industrial Congress was conductive to this goal: over 1000 experts took part in its activities. The Congress began with the panel discussion on the Technological Future of Russia - will the year 2012 open the era “intelligent plants”. A special position was allotted to the Assembly of chief technologists at machine-building enterprises covering the topic of New technologies and Materials – this point of the agenda was important since it was devoted to the issues of applied technologies only. There were 10 different events scheduled within the Congress. As one of the Turkish Ministry’s of Economy representatives mentioned, its “content” was planned and designed at an international level.
The closing day of St. Petersburg Technical Fair offered, among other things, summing-up for the contest - Best Innovative Project and the Best Scientific and Technological Development of the Year 2012. More than 125 organisations participated in the contest submitting 270 projects and developments. The highest decoration of the contest – the Grand Prix – was awarded to the North European Space Consortium non-profit partnership, Arsenal-207 CJSC.
The 6th St. Petersburg Partneriat - a multi-sectoral cooperation platform that ensures efficiency of interregional and international cooperation, consolidation of cultural and economic relations, introduction of innovations, and presentation of achievements – was held along with the PTFair. It was attended by delegates from 58 regions of the Russian Federation represented with 18 stands and 60 regional industrial enterprises overall. Matchmaking center and presentation zone secured holding of 1200 B-2-B meetings for 3000 specialists.
The PTFair activities were carried out with the assistance of the Office of the Plenipotentiary Representative of the Russian President in the North-Western Federal District, Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, Government of St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, Russian Engineering Union, St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and under the auspices of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation.
The next edition of PTFair will be held in 2013 on March 12-14.
More information at ptfair.ru