Nearly 10,000 visitors came to the leading Russian trade fairs for the metalworking industry in Moscow last year, reinforcing their position as the market-leading events in the region’s exhibition calendar. There was general agreement among visitors and exhibitors that the event was an unqualified success. Both exhibitors and visitors praised the high quality of this event for metal and tube processing and treatment. Over 320 exhibitors (21.8 per cent more than in June 2011) from 27 countries occupied a net exhibition space of around 5,000 square metres (+24.8 per cent compared with June 2011) and presented their latest products to 9,800 visitors.
During the trade fair itself it became clear that Russia and its immediate neighbours are among the regions with the greatest growth in the world with strong demand for high-calibre products from international manufacturers. The concurrent exhibitions were supported by the Russian Ministry of Trade and Industry, the Russian Association of Metal Product Suppliers, the ITA (International Tube Association), AMAFOND (the Italian Foundry Machinery and Products Association), CECOF (the European Committee of Industrial Furnace and Heating Equipment Associations), CEMAFON (the European Foundry Equipment Suppliers Association), EUnited Metallurgy (the European Metallurgical Equipment Association), MC-CCPIT(Metallurgical Council of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade) and Expocentre. This support by such organisations underlined the importance of these trade fairs.
Satisfaction with the 2012 edition was expressed by Pietro Visentin from I.M.F. Group, the biggest exhibitor from Italy: “Generally, we had a very large number of visitors coming to our stand. Compared with last year’s event, we made 30% more contacts. The hierarchy levels of visitors turned out to be quite high; many had senior management positions and were therefore decision-makers in matters of investment and the procurement of equipment.”
The next Metallurgy Litmash, Tube Russia and Aluminium / Non-Ferrous take place together with wire Russia 25-28 June 2013 and in parallel with the Russia Essen Welding & Cutting trade fair organised by Messe Essen. Given the synergies of these various exhibitions, all together in one place at one time, even higher levels of visitor attendance and interest are certain to be expected.