Russian Industry Week 2022 opened at Expocentre Fairgrounds

24 / 10 / 2022

Russian Industry Week 2022, a large-scale exhibition and convention event uniting a number of key industry shows and congresses, opened at Expocentre Fairgrounds today. 

The Week features Technoforum 2022, the International Exhibition for Equipment and Technology for Materials Processing, Rusweld 2022, the International Exhibition for Welding and Cutting Equipment, Technologies and Materials, Reklama 2022, the International Exhibition for Advertising, NDT Territory 2022, the International Exhibition and Forum on Non-Destructive Testing and Technical Diagnostics.

Russian Industry Week 2022 and its extensive conference programme were opened by the Strategic Session on Russias Scientific and Technological Development in the New Socio-economic Realities: Innovations, Inventions, Promotion. It was organised by the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade, the State Duma Committee on Science and Higher Education, the Russian Academy of Sciences, the All-Russian Society of Inventors and Rationalizers (VOIR), EXPOCENTRE AO with support from the Russian Presidential Directorate for Science and Education Policy and under the auspices of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. 

Vladimir Kononov, Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Science and Higher Education and Chairman of the Central Council of the All-Russian Society of Inventors and Rationalizers (VOIR), moderated the session and noted that Russian Industry Week is part of the large-scale NTI-Expo (Research-Technology-Innovations Expo) project, which aims to support national projects, fulfill priority tasks of the digital economy and creates a unique opportunity to bring together business leaders, leading experts and entrepreneurs in a single venue. 

It is also of great importance that Russian Industry Week is included in the plan of the main events of the Decade of Science and Technology declared by President of the Russian Federation, the moderator stressed. According to him, the conference programme of the Week will be focused on the priorities of ensuring the technological sovereignty of Russia in the present-day conditions, using the exhibition potential to promote the developments of Russian scientists, engineers and inventors, personnel training for the machine-building industry, the role of the regions in the industrial development of our country. 

In his opening speech, Alexey Vyalkin, Director General of EXPOCENTRE AO, reminded that Russian Industry Week was being held for the third time. This year, he said, more than 300 companies are taking part in the Week's exhibitions. The exhibition space comprises over 7,000 sq. m. Thus, in a very difficult situation they managed to preserve last year's figures, and in some projects even to increase the exposition. For example, the Rusweld exhibition space has increased by almost 40% this year.

EXPOCENTRE AO, continued Director General, pays special attention to promoting and demonstrating the latest scientific and technological developments and innovative technologies, as well as supporting Russian inventors and young scientists and promoting their developments in production. "To this end, we are trying to apply new formats of work. First of all, it is the creation of startup zones at exhibitions, which are formed with the support of development institutes such as Skolkovo, as well as the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade, industry unions, associations and universities. In particular, today, together with the Higher School of Economics, within the framework of the Reklama exhibition, we are presenting a startup zone for students of this university, who will demonstrate their developments and innovative products," said Alexey Vyalkin. 

He also noted with satisfaction that for the first time the VOIR stand was presented at the Week, which would enable exhibitors and guests to receive directly the latest information in the field of innovation and invention.    

In conclusion, EXPOCENTREs head underlined that today it is important to strengthen the exhibition segment with economically innovative components. "Recently we have been trying not to divide exhibitions purely into B2B and B2C formats. Today exhibition projects should be evaluated in terms of their investment and innovation potential. Conventionally, we have called this format B2i, that is, business/investments, business/innovations. Through participation in exhibitions, it is possible and necessary to raise real funds for business development, including on the Russian technology platforms. As part of this format, we offer exhibitors to hold their own presentation sessions of innovative and investment projects. We do it in order to make them present not only their products and services but also a vision, a model of their future economic development. This approach will enable us to invite the target audience to such events - their potential partners and investors," explained Alexey Vyalkin.              

During the strategy session the moderator received a number of greetings to the exhibitors, visitors and organisers of the Week, in particular from Denis Manturov, Russian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Industry and Trade, and Dmitry Chernyshenko, Russian Deputy Prime Minister. 

As Dmitry Chernyshenko noted, the Week has become a traditional meeting place for all those whose activities are connected with high technologies and their wide application in industry, transport, social sphere and health care, as well as in everyday life of citizens.    

In his turn, Denis Manturov considers holding of such a large-scale industry congress and exhibition project as Russian Industry Week at Expocentre Fairgrounds to be very timely in the light of the goals set for the Russian industry. "The Week will present innovative developments and ideas in the field of industrial equipment and technologies, which are most in demand by industries of the Russian economy and allow for effective demonstration of breakthrough solutions," he said in his welcome address.   

Speaking at the session, Mikhail Ivanov, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, and Maxim Parshin, Deputy Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media, focused their colleagues' attention on the state support measures for the Russian machine building industry, other sectors, and the IT industry. 

Denis Sekirinsky, Deputy Head of the Presidential Directorate for Science and Education Policy, Yuri Zubov, Head of the Federal Service for Intellectual Property (ROSPATENT), Vice-Presidents of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Maksim Fateev and Dmitry Kurochkin, State Secretary - Vice-President of Norilsk Nickel Dmitry Pristanskov, First Deputy General Director of EXPOCENTRE AO Sergey Selivanov, prominent representatives of the scientific and business community, sector organisations and leading universities took an active part in the session. 

They discussed the objectives of the Decade of Science and Technology, priorities in ensuring the country's technological sovereignty in modern conditions, new practices in developing and implementing innovative solutions, improving the legislative and regulatory framework, expanding cooperation between federal and regional authorities, the Russian Academy of Sciences, the CCI RF and VOIR in supporting scientific and technological creativity of young people, and other issues. 

Press Service, EXPOCENTRE AO