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The Delegation of Canada visited the Ural Industry and Innovation Exhibition and Forum for the first time. This year 4 Canadian companies representing state of the art engineering and woodworking technologies took part in the work of “Innoprom-2011”.
In the course of the delegation’s presentation, which took place on the third day of the forum, the Head of the delegation, John C. Sloan the Ambassador of Canada to the Russian Federation said: “We consider “Innoprom-2011” an opportunity to establish contacts with the Russian companies. In addition to similar geographic position and climate we also have industries in which we can cooperate. This is true about both research projects in power generation, medicine, biotechnologies, Arctic studies, and the manufacturing industry. I am sure that out visit to Ekaterinburg will open new venues for cooperation.”
According to the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Canada Eurasia Russia Business Association, Nathan Hunt beginning from this year the Canadian investors became interested in the Russian regions. “Ekaterinburg is a strategically important and rapidly growing city. Today in addition to the traditional industries of our cooperation there is one sector where we do not yet work together. This is timber housing construction, where the Canadian manufacturers have demonstrated significant success and can share their technologies with their Russian colleagues. Especially considering that these houses may be warm, energy efficient and inexpensive”, - added Nathan Hunt.
Ken Clasby representing CWS company manufacturing mining equipment explained that the company considers possibilities of starting contract manufacturing in Russia and in the Ural. The representatives of the engineering company Vitech Engineering were ready to provide both engineering developments, and the turn-key projects in woodworking industry. According to another representative of the company, Harry Bemister Russia has the best quality timber, and the Canadian manufacturers’ experience will be useful in finding most efficient ways of its processing.
In addition the Canadian delegation presented a mechanism of the so-called “business-emigration” to Canada offering the investors the MFN treatment regime.