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In 2017, International Industrial Trade Fair INNOPROM confirmed its status of the main site for industrial leaders: 50,000 square meters of exhibition space was packed with stands representing over 600 companies from 20 countries; 95 governments sent their trade and industry delegations to INNOPROM-2017. Over 4 exhibition days, organizers issued 50,194 badges. The number of robotics and machine building prototypes presented at INNOPROM saw a 2.5-fold increase year-on-year.
On July 9, 2017, the President of the Russian Federation took part in the Opening Ceremony of the International Industrial Trade Fair INNOPROM-2017 as part of his working visit to Ekaterinburg. Vladimir Putin pointed out that INNOPROM featured Russian companies that were actively implementing advanced technologies. "It is very important to see the actual efficiency of these technologies and their practical results, such as better labor conditions, increased productivity, reduced costs, contemporary levels of management, and, finally, increased competitiveness of Russian products, goods, and services," Putin said.
The President also attended the exhibition and explored projects and products presented by the Sverdlovsk Region, Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, INNOPROM-2017 Partner Country Japan, Renova Group, National Technology Initiative (NTI), Russian Copper Company (RCC), and Sinara Group.
The first day of the International Industrial Trade Fair INNOPROM-2017 was marked by the main strategic session Smart Production: Competition of Models vs. Competition of Technologies. "Today we are actually right in the midst of the most extensive technological revolution. Digital production, services, and smart environments have already claimed 5% share in the world's largest economies, and experts predict further development of this segment," Denis Manturov, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, said at the main strategic session.
This year, the exhibition welcomed over 600 corporate participants from 20 countries, including Italy, Switzerland, Sweden, India, Denmark, Turkey, Japan, Czech Republic, UAE, Iran, RSA, Belarus, Russia, China, France, Lichtenstein, Great Britain, Finland, etc. Germany and the Republic of Korea presented their national stands at INNOPROM for the first time.
Major international and Russian manufacturers, such as FANUC Robotics, State Corporation Rostec, Yamazaki Mazak, Volvo Trucks, SAP, Siemens, Shvabe Holding, Russian Export Center, Air and Space Defense (VKO) Concern Almaz-Antey, RCC, STAN, and Kaspersky Labs took part in the exhibition in 2017.
The exhibition is organized by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation. The Head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov and his Deputies Vasily Osmakov, George Kalamanov, and Viktor Evtukhov actively participated in main INNOPROM-2017 events. The stand of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation occupied approximately 600 square meters. Over 4 exhibition days, more than 20 agreements were signed at the stand.
INNOPROM-2017 key events included the main strategic session Smart Production: Competition of Models vs. Competition of Technologies, Meeting of the Strategic Council on Investments in New Industries with the participation of the Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov, Russia-Japan Industrial Forum Optimizing Cooperation in Trade and Industry with the participation of the Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation Maxim Oreshkin, and the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan Hiroshige Seko, etc.
Foreign INNOPROM guests included the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan Hiroshige Seko, Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism of the Kingdom of Bahrain Zayed bin Rashid Al Zayani, Secretary General of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf Abdul Al Zayani, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus Vladimir Semashko, Governor of the Prefecture of Hokkaido Harumi Takahashi, Director General of the Public Authority for Industry of Kuwait Abdulkareem Taqi, Minister of Industry of the Republic of Belarus Vitaly Vovk, Minister of Economy of the United Arab Emirates Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, Minister of Industry and Commerce of Zimbabwe Michael Bimha, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic Jiří Havlíček, State Minister of Industry of Ethiopia Alemu Sime, Head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research of Switzerland Johann Schneider-Ammann, Vice-Minister of Industry of Cuba Lenin Echevarría Quintana, Chairman and CEO of FANUC Yoshiharu Inaba, President and CEO of Volvo Group Martin Lundstedt, CEO of DP Technology Dan Frayssinet, President of the International Federation of Robotics Joe Gemma, Chairman of Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Hiroyuki Ishige, President of Japan Association for Trade with Russia & NIS (ROTOBO) and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kawasaki Heavy Industries Shigeru Murayama, Chairman of the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) Kazuo Furukawa.
INNOPROM-2017 was also attended by 15 Ambassadors and diplomatic workers representing their respective countries’ Embassies in the Russian Federation.
Business Program participants included such international industry associations as the German Engineering Federation (VDMA), Russian-German Chamber of Commerce (AHK), International Federation of Robotics (IFR), Japan Association for Trade with Russia and NIS (ROTOBO), Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Japan Machine Tool Builders' Association, Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), Korea International Trade Association (KITA), Korea Association of Machinery Industry (KOAMI), Korea Association of Robot Industry (KAR), Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), Engineering Export Promotion Council (EEPC) of India, China Machinery Industry Federation (CMIF), China Robot Industry Alliance (CRIA), Swiss Association of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Industries (SWISSMEM), Kazakhstan Association of Automation and Robotics (KAAR), Canada Eurasia Russia Business Association (CERBA), Business France Russie, etc.
This year, INNOPROM held several international forums: Russia-Korea Industrial Forum, Russia-Japan Industrial Forum Optimizing Cooperation in Trade and Industry, Russia-Africa Industrial Forum, Russia-Germany Industrial Forum, International Logistics Forum, and International Industrial Export Development Forum.
Broadcasts of public events are posted under INNOPROM-2017 Event Program.
INNOPROM. METALWORKING exhibition was held for the first time on July 10-13 as part of the Big Industrial Week.
Foreign participants of the exhibition included Japanese industry leaders (FANUC, Mazak, etc.), South Korean companies (DaeHwa Industrial Machinery Co., Ltd. U-JIN TECH Corp.), German manufacturers (Maschinenfabrik Berthold Hermle AG, SHW Werkzeugmaschinen, Siempelkamp, SHW Werkzeugmaschinen, etc.), as well as Italian and Czech companies. The following Russian manufacturers of metalworking equipment took part in INNOPROM.METALWORKING: First Machine-Building Company (Первая станкостроительная компания), StankoMashStroy, SOLVER, Unimatic, Kovrov Electromechanical Plant, and other market players.
Exhibitors had an opportunity to explore products representing the following segments: metal cutting equipment, press-forging equipment, surface priming and coating, industrial robotics, software and control systems, and additive technologies.
INNOPROM.METALWORKING business program featured presentations by heads of major global machine-tool building companies and international industry associations, a conference of the International Federation of Robotics, International Digital Production Forum, and Japan Machine Tool Builders’ Association sessions. Exhibition participants demonstrated various metalworking products ranging from hand tools to turret lathes.
METALWORKING track of the business program featured over 10 sessions on topical industry-specific issues, such as digitalization of production, industrial robots, production efficiency, etc.
The track also included a session on additive technologies with the emphasis on the use of metal additive manufacturing technologies.
At the Forum, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Vasily Osmakov pinpointed a major deterrent to the localization of large-scale production in Russia, "We have developed a system of requirements for large players in the Russian market, but both corporate representatives who are supposed to localize their production and industrial experts mention the same systemic problem: low quality of components manufacturing."
Industrial Supply Forum seeks to provide an efficient B2B site in order to promote communication between small and medium component manufacturers and major Russian and international companies.
INNOPROM-2017 hosted the Financial and Industrial Forum. Main Forum partners included the Industry Development Fund, Bank of Russia, Sberbank, Promsvyazbank, Otkritie Bank, and Raiffeisenbank.
Participants of discussions and round tables that were held on July 11 and 12 talked about the prospects of using blockchain to service transactions between industrial enterprises and their business partners and the digitalization of transactions between corporate lenders and borrowers.
Representatives of top banks and Russian companies considered main co-financing options for medium enterprises. Representatives of the Industry Development Fund, one of the organizers of the Financial and Industrial Forum, analyzed strong and weak points of loan requests and talked about projects which qualified for IDF funding in 2015-17.
The national exposition of Japan, INNOPROM-2017 Partner Country, occupied the largest area at the exhibition. Japanese participants' stands spanned over 4 000 sq.m. inside Pavilion No.1. Ekaterinburg welcomed over 168 industrial companies and approximately 800 business representatives and government officials, including more than 20 CEOs of major national companies. Japan's national exposition at INNOPROM-2017 featured Toyota, Marubeni, Sojitz, JGC, Sumitomo, Yokogawa Electric, Mitsubishi, Toshiba, and Kawasaki Heavy Industries. Hiroshige Seko, the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan, served as the Head of the Japanese delegation. Japan's participation in the exhibition as the Partner Country was made possible by the Minister of Industry and Trade of Russia Denis Manturov.
More than 3000 B2B meetings were held during days of INNOPROM. Pavilion business areas hosted about 100 events: lectures on investment and business development in Japan, master classes on enterprise management under the kaizen system, etc. Representatives of Japanese business were provided with the opportunity to visit over 20 enterprises of the Sverdlovsk Region. Former Prime Minister of Japan Yoshiro Mori attended INNOPROM-2017. The business program also included specialized sessions on energy efficient production, environment-friendly technologies, and engineering. Russia-Japan Forum and sessions organized by the Japanese delegation attracted over 2000 visitors. More than 40 informative and cultural events (including the Days of Japan in the Urals) were held as part of the cultural program of Japan's participation in INNOPROM-2017. Over 3000 people attended these events.
On July 10, at the main strategic session, the Head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation conferred the National Industrial Award INDUSTRIA upon St. Petersburg Computational Mechanics Laboratory (CompMechLab). INDUSTRIA is awarded for achievements in industrial production promoting the application of radically new products (machines, equipment, tools, software, materials, and substances) and production technologies.
IndEx, the Russian National Buyer Industrial Export Development Program, was held for the first time at the International Industrial Trade Fair on July 10-12. The Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation and the Russian Export Center helped IndEx organizers bring over more than 200 delegates from countries representing actual and potential buyers of Russian industrial products (Central and Southeast Asia, North and Central Africa, South America, EEC, etc.).
IndEx Forum seeks to promote Russian industrial export through arranging for quality contacts between international buyers and Russian manufacturers of industrial products.
IndEx Forum business program focused on export funding and support and successful experiences of Russian companies.
Participants were selected by INNOPROM Operator based on the recommendations provided by Russian exhibitors, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, Russian trade missions and REC foreign centers, and members of international business missions organized by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation.
At the Forum, the Head of the Russian Export Center Petr Fradkov explained that a buyer program was a popular international trade practice targeting the promotion of company interests in foreign markets. "Together with our colleagues from the Ministry of Industry and Trade, we developed this format and invited about 200 representatives of foreign companies interested in the acquisition of Russian industrial products," Fradkov stated.
At the meeting, George Kalamanov, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, clarified that the export support system was already in place: financial matters are handled by EXIAR insurance agency and Roseximbank, which are affiliated with the Russian Export Center, and commercial banks that can obtain subsidies in the shape of special interest rates for loans provided through the Russian Export Center.
The conference of the Presidential National Council for Professional Qualifications Innovations in Qualifications Development targeted matters related to the operations of the National Qualifications System, which serves as a key instrument in Russia's social and economic development. The National Qualifications System ensures the implementation of modern requirements on employee qualifications in various industries, as well as the development of relevant assessment criteria and procedures.
"One of our goals is to develop industrial production models that are related to smart manufacturing. So far, we have approved 1100 professional standards and more than 820 qualifications. It is also extremely important to make sure that the content of new professional standards and qualifications be relevant," Alexander Shokhin, Chairman of the Presidential National Council for Professional Qualifications and President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, pointed out.
According to Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Vasily Osmakov, the system of qualifications should be maximally flexible and not only meet current demands, but also anticipate future industry needs. "Since our welders have started winning international competitions, it reflects certain progress in the HR sector, and I am positive that the National Council will play a decisive role in this area," Osmakov added.
INNOPROM-2017 hosted the Seventh Global Industrial Design Forum. Expert session Transportation Solutions for a Large Country featured a series of presentations delivered by representatives of design studios working for major global automobile companies Renault and Nissan. Director of the Department for the Development of Economic Sectors of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation Alexander Maslennikov presented a draft strategy on the development of the Russian automobile industry until 2025 written in cooperation with the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation.
One of the main industry trends is the development of e-cars. Representatives of Renault and Nissan pointed out the importance of mass production of e-cars and identified the main setback: preproduction takes 3-4 years for Renault and 2 years for Nissan. Anthony Grade, Renault’s Vice-President of Design Programs and Head of Design for Russia, stated, “We care not only about the interior and exterior, but also the color scheme, and we have specialists who are working on that. And as we move towards an autonomous environment, materials will become particularly important for the interior because we will develop a completely different “relationship” with our vehicles. That requires new technologies and materials that can provide the desired level of comfort.”
In 2018, INNOPROM will be held on July 9-12. The exhibition will focus on Digital Production as its main theme. The Republic of Korea will serve as the Partner Country of the Ninth International Industrial Trade Fair INNOPROM-2018. The memorandum on Korea's participation format was signed by Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation George Kalamanov, President of Formika Group Maxim Zverkov, KOTRA Regional Director General for CIS Kim Jong Kyung, KOAMI Executive Vice-Chairman Choi Hyeong Ki, and KITA Chief Executive Director Hee-Chul Jung at the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation exhibition stand. At the official signing, George Kalamanov pointed out, "Russia is open for full-fledged trade and economic cooperation with Korea. We are willing to provide assistance to Korean businesses interested in working in Russia. We believe that only constant interaction will create the prerequisites for mutually beneficial and productive long-term cooperation."
INNOPROM-2017 was covered by over 1500 journalists from more than 300 Russian and foreign media. TASS Russian News Agency is INNOPROM-2017 general information partner and Press Center operator.
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