pharmaceuticals agriculture IT and telecom munications Moreover Expocentre grants small and medium sized enterprises certain privileges and offers displays Made in Rus sia Said Metalloobrabotka took place for the 16th time at the end of May It is one of our flagship projects points out Sergey Bed nov It is the most diversified trade fair for machine tools in Russia and Eastern Eu rope In the worldwide industry rankings Metalloobrabotka is among the Top Ten ac cording to Expocentre At the latest staging the 949 exhibitors included ten foreign pavil ions Germany had to do without its official presence The German economic ministry cit ed political reasons when cancelling the German pavilion at the Moscow event Now Germany s official participations in Russian trade fairs have plunged by almost a third compared to 2013 The no show at Metalloo brabotka probably had something to do with the products on display As far as exports are concerned machine tools are seen as critical goods because they can be used to make not only non military products Nevertheless at this year s Metalloo brabotka a solution was found for the ex hibiting companies Messe Düsseldorf and the German Machine Tool Builders Associa tion VDW came to the rescue They organ ised the German pavilion with around 100 companies on their own as the largest for eign presence at the event Russia is a very important market for the German machine tool industry with a huge potential although there has recently been a massive drop in or ders Wilfried Schäfer Managing Director of VDW explains the association s initiative For this reason the joint presence at Russia s most important trade fair sent out a strong signal in the currently difficult situation says the association director With this we were able to strengthen our position against the emerging competition from Asia Ger many s situation still seems to be good Rus sia imports nearly 90 per cent of production equipment more than one imported ma chine in five being from Germany In the medium term however there is a threat to German providers as the competi tion in the Far East never sleeps Compared to the slightly weaker European participation Metalloobrabotka posted a noticeable in crease in Asian exhibitors keeping the total number of exhibiting companies from 32 countries stable On balance the mood at the stands was rather good At the fair every body had the opportunity to gain a personal impression of the stable situation reports Sergey Bednov Russia remains a good place to do business In this context Expocentre s General Director sees large specialised indus try trade fairs as a constant factor The fair company s oldest project chemicals show Khimia has been around for half a century The IT show Sviaz boasts 40 years and has had to change with the times over and over again Next year it will receive a new con cept with a focus on telecommunications The oil and gas technology fair Neftegaz will also undergo a revamp in 2016 when it will be staged together with the Russian Oil and Gas Industry Week under the auspices of the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation The Russ ian Textile Industry Weeks 2016 also combines several fairs and congresses Like the country itself many events have experienced all the economic and social up heavals Especially trade fairs that have been going on for decades partly have to navigate through a diffi cult environment in these phases The most impor tant exhibitors always re mained loyal points out Sergey Bednov This year we have definitely had our share of difficulties he con firms For this reason many exhibitors had to reduce their stand spaces but they remained on board Some sectors posted growth The crisis doesn t just mean neg ative trends but also gener ates new business From time to time it is the unpleasant side effects that drive demand such as the concern of many companies about how to protect their intellectual property rights when participat ing in trade shows Expocentre is taking ac tion with its fairly recent project counterfeit free exhibitions In 2016 we will continue with this announces Sergey Bednov The aim is to prevent counterfeit products from being showcased and new products from be ing illegally copied at trade shows www expocentr ru PB 34 TradeFairs Internation al 5 2015 INTERNATIONAL Metalloobrabotka 2015 Die am breitesten aufgestellte Messe für Werkzeugmaschinen in Russland und Osteuropa Metalloobrabotka 2015 The most diversified trade fair for machine tools in Russia and Eastern Europe Ph ot o E xp oc en tr e

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