The 14th edition of Metalloobrabotka International Specialized Exhibition - the central event for the Russian machine-tool industry - opened at Expocentre Fairgrounds on 27 May 2013.
The show was highly praised as a major industry event for the metalworking sector in the welcoming remarks by Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev, Chairperson of the RF Federal Assembly Federation Council Valentina Matvienko, Chairman of the State Duma Sergei Naryshkin, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov and President of the RF CCI Sergei Katyrin.
Gleb Nikitin, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, said, speaking at the opening of the exhibition: ‘The scope and effective organization of the event are evidence of a positive dynamics in the Russian machine-tool sector for skeptics and pessimists’. He also stressed that there is no overestimating the importance of the machine-tool industry. This sector is planned to be one of the cornerstones of the Ministry’s new industrial policy. ‘We cannot expect to have a world-beating industry without a high-tech and self-contained machine-tool sector’. It is an instrument for developing an intersectoral and functional area like a full-service systemic integration and engineering. ‘Engineering and smart manufacturing, in their turn, lay the foundation for the transition to a new technological environment’, said Deputy Minister.
He is positive that Metalloobrabotka’2013 will enhance the development of the metalworking industry and the further progress of the exhibition will show that the Ministry is undertaking the right initiatives, including the Programme for the Development of the Machine-Tool Industry which is linked to the technical re-equipment programme, for stimulating the Russian industry.
Aleksandr Torshin, First Deputy Chairman of the RF Federal Assembly Federation Council and Chairperson of the Metalloobrabotka Steering Committee, stressed that this year the exhibition had broken all records in sold square meters, attendance and outreach by having attracted exhibitors from over 40 countries. He added: ‘We are particularly proud that 60% of exhibitors are Russian companies’.
This edition of Metalloobrabotka is the first that has been organized with a direct support from the Federation Council of the RF Federal Assembly. Aleksandr Toshin said: ‘We are keen to maximise the effectiveness of the sector. It is crucial to ensure its development in each of the 83 Russian constituent entities. In many cities and towns machine-tool plants are the main employers, and the welfare of hundreds of thousands of workers and their families depends on the effectiveness of those plants. By developing the machine-tool and metalworking sectors we are improving our social environment, making the life of many people better’.
The organizers and exhibitors of the show were welcomed by Sergei Sobko, Chairman of the RF State Duma Committee on Industry. He pointed out to the importance of the event. He stated that the Russian economy had not managed to shift from a primary commodity export scenario yet. ‘Russia won’t be able to take its rightful place in the world if it doesn’t foster small and medium-sized businesses, encourage its industry, and the processing sector in the first place, to saturate the home market and export globally’.
On behalf of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation the participants in the exhibition were welcomed by Sergei Strashko, Vice President of the Chamber. He is confident that the current record performance of the show is just the beginning and Metalloobrabotka has a bright future in front of it.
Sergei Bednov, Director General of Expocentre ZAO, emphasized: ‘Metalloobrabotka has become one of the most reputable international events for the sector. This is manifested in the Awards the show has got from the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI) and the Russian Union of Exhibitions and Fairs (RUEF)’. Speaking about the progress of the event, he thanked its participants who put on display 1200 exhibits this year. Among the exhibitors are 700 Russian machine-tool manufacturers, which shows that they consider Metalloobrabotka one of the top industry events.
There are national pavilions at the show, organized by Belarus, Germany, Italy, Spain, China, the Czech Republic, Taiwan, France and Switzerland. Sergei Bednov said: ‘We are grateful to our overseas exhibitors for giving high ratings to our show’. He is positive that the exhibition will stimulate the development of the Russian economy and enable its exhibitors and visitors to get maximum return on their investment, expand their network of business contacts and, overall, generate more business.
For many years the exhibition has been cooperating with the Russian Association of Machine-Tool Manufacturers Stankoinstrument, which organizes an expansive programme of business-related events at the show. Georgy Samodurov, President of the Association, informed the participants that this year, the show would be featuring numerous conferences, round-table discussions and seminars where Russian and overseas manufacturers would speak about the latest trends in metalworking technology and modern equipment designs. He added: ‘This is the first time that we have been able to give a comprehensive presentation of what we can do today, as well as new approaches to making structural changes in the industry’. Mr Samodurov believes it crucial that this information is of great interest and value to prospect customers of the sector.
Sergei Grigoryev, Rector of Moscow State Technological University STANKIN, addressed the exhibitors and visitors to the Metalloobrabotka exhibition on behalf of the faculty of technical universities. The show always offers a comprehensive representation of professional education. And there is a good reason for this, as it is technical universities that serve as a link between projects, academic research and the industry.