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ON JULY 10–13, LEADING INDUSTRIALISTS FROM MANY COUNTRIES GATHERED IN RUSSIAN YEKATERINBURG, WHICH HOSTED A LARGE-SCALE INNOPROM EXPO. TRADITIONALLY, IT ACTS AS AN INTERNATIONAL PLATFORM FOR FINDING NEW CUSTOMERS, SUPPLIERS, PARTNERS AND INVESTORS. THIS YEAR, BELARUS HAD THE HONORARY STATUS OF THE FORUM PARTNER COUNTRY AND IMPRESSED ITS GUESTS WITH THE SCOPE AND QUALITY OF THE EXHIBITS. THE BELARUSIAN PART OF INNOPROM OCCUPIED OVER THREE THOUSAND SQUARE METERS AND ACCOMODATED MORE THAN 120 ENTERPRISES.
International Industrial Fair INNOPROM in Yekaterinburg is not just a traditional exhibition, but a large-scale industrial, scientific and innovative forum, dedicated to the latest modern technologies and developments. It is a key industry event of the year both in Russia and at the international level.
The scale of the exposition can be judged by the total exhibition area (about 50,000 square meters), the number of participants (over 600 enterprises and organizations) and the number of visitors (over 40 thousand).
The exhibitor list includes not only largest Russian and foreign industrial companies and corporations, research institutions, technology parks, ministries and departments, but also small and medium-sized enterprises. The expo provides them with an optimal platform to demonstrate and promote their products and services, seek for business partners and develop their business.
The high international status of INNOPROM is evidenced by the increased interest from numerous media, attendance by high-ranking guests.
The INNOPROM 2023 focus was "Sustainable Manufacturing: Upgrade Strategies". The fact that Belarus was granted a partner status testifies to the acknowledgement of the country's achievements and significant technological and scientific potential in the industrial production development both within the country and within the framework of the Union State.
As the expo partner country, Belarus took part in all sectors of INNOPROM: the exhibition, business and cultural program.
The National Exposition of the Republic of Belarus officially opened on July 10. It was organized by the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Belinterexpo Exhibition Company of the BelCCI.
When forming stands, the Belarusian side focused on new projects and practice-oriented approach. The exposition featured seven sectors of the economy: not only the classical ones, such as mechanical engineering and petroleum chemistry, but also light industry with innovative materials for workwear and fabrics for special purposes, as well as currently demanded industrial cooperation projects.
The general partners of the Belarusian exposition at the INNOPROM exhibition in Yekaterinburg were BELAZ – Managing Company of Holding "BELAZ-HOLDING" and Minsk Tractor Works; the Development Bank of the Republic of Belarus was the strategic partner. The exposition area accomodated over 400 exhibits from 125 enterprises: finished goods, equipment, scientific and technical developments. More than two dozen samples of the latest Belarusian-made equipment were presented to visitors.
The stand "Manufacturing and Industrial Cooperation" of the national exposition presented a wide range of equipment from BELAZ, Minsk Automobile Plant, Minsk Tractor Works, AMKODOR, Gomselmash, BKM Holding and other flagship engineering enterprises.
Among the unique exhibits there were unmanned tractor models and an exclusive caterpillar tractor from MTW, models of dump trucks with a high, over 60 percent, Russian-Belarusian integration component, a new MAZ long-haul tractor with an improved Euro-6 class engine and a robotic gearbox, the fire trucks developed under the Union State programs, as well as high-capacity tourist buses.
The exhibition also showcased a modern technical solution – a snow and swamp vehicle on ultra-low pressure tires from MAZ-MAN CJSC. The presented mobile robot powered by the software of LACIT – Laboratory of Digital Technologies is an innovative solution to automate various tasks.
The organizers paid special attention to the machine-tool industry: joint stand featured 14 full-scale models of machine tools for processing and manufacturing of various items. Visitors could also get acquainted with transformers, motors, equipment, and other products from enterprises of the Ministry of Industry.
The Belarusian petrochemical complex enterprises participated in the INNOPROM industrial exhibition for the first time. Belneftekhim Concern presented its largest plants – a total of 12 enterprises – at a joint stand.
Belarusian petrochemical products are already well known to Russian partners, but INNOPROM is a platform for presenting innovations. Therefore, the exhibition demonstrated novelties, including fertilizers, polyester threads, polymer composite materials, car tires, and other developments. Super-fast MALANKA electric filling station and related software presented by Belorusneft received special attention.
The joint stand of the Ministry of Energy demonstrated developments and services in the field of design and construction of power facilities, advanced technologies for automation and digitalization of production processes, as well as innovative solutions in the field of personnel training.
The State Committee for Science and Technology was the organizer of the joint section of scientific and technological achievements of the National Academy of Sciences organizations, institutions of the Ministry of Education and Hi-Tech Park residents. In total, 122 scientific, technical and innovative developments were presented in the form of full-scale samples, layouts, presentations, videos, brochures, booklets.
Visitors showed interest in a wide range of products for civilian use, presented by enterprises of the State Committee for Military Industry, including advanced computer technologies and other unique products.
The Bellegprom Concern stand presented a wide range of products from 12 light industry enterprises, including overalls, suits for firefighters, clothes for the ones who have to work in the conditions of limited or insufficient visibility, thermal underwear, business clothes, as well as fabrics and materials, textile haberdashery, leather and textiles with special properties.
The scale and diversity of the Belarusian exposition impressed all the guests and exhibitors from Russia and other countries.
On the opening day, the Belarusian pavilion was visited by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus Roman Golovchenko, together with the Head of the Russian Government Mikhail Mishustin and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Alikhan Smailov. The distinguished guests were met by the Chairman of the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Mikhael Miatlikov. During the tour round the exposition, the heads of the Governments of Russia and Kazakhstan noted the consistently high quality of Belarusian products, and also expressed the interest of entrepreneurs from their countries in developing cooperation with Belarus.
Besides, President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation Sergey Katyrin, Head of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov, and representatives of Russian federal and regional authorities were the distinguished guests of the Belarusian exposition.
In addition to the large-scale national exposition, Belarus prepared an extensive cultural program. Even before the opening of INNOPROM, the fair "With all my heart" kicked off at Mega shopping center in Yekaterinburg. The fair was organized by the Minsk Branch of the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
"With all my heart" was more than just a fair. It was a festival of Belarusian culture and Belarusian goods, which had the following blocks: "Belarus is DELICIOUS", "Belarus is BEAUTIFUL", "Belarus is SPORTY", "Belarus is INTERESTING" and "Belarus cares FOR CHILDREN".
Participants presented foodstuffs (meat and dairy products, confectionery and bakery products), cosmetics, light industry products, watches, dishes. Concern "Bellegprom" organized the sale of leather goods, shoes and business clothes.
Visitors could taste Belarusian cuisine dishes, watch Belarusian films, take part in free dancing master classes and even learn the basics of basket weaving and other folk crafts.
The guests of the fair were pleased with the performances of the creative teams "Beli Ptah", "Verbitsa", "Cantabile". The dance shows of BELARUS tractors from Minsk Tractor Works were particularly exciting.
The performance of the state ensemble "Pesnyary" was a bright gift from the Belarusian exposition organizers to the residents of Yekaterinburg and the expo guests. By the way, on July 9, as part of the festival program, the ensemble members laid flowers at the monument to Vladimir Mulyavin, the band founder, a native of Sverdlovsk (currently
In addition, the renowned folk group "Kupalinka" came to Yekaterinburg to participate in the expo cultural program.
The fair-festival enjoyed success with official guests and residents of Yekaterinburg.
As already noted, INNOPROM is not only an industrial exhibition, but also a meeting place for the business people seeking to expand cooperation and partnerships. Therefore, the business component of the exhibition included more than 100 events with the participation of more than 350 speakers.
On July 11, the Russia-Belarus Industrial Cooperation Business Forum was held at the International Industrial Fair INNOPROM 2023. The event was organized by the Ministries of Industry of the two countries.
Speaking at the plenary session of the forum were Belarus' Deputy Prime Minister Piotr Parkhomchik, Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Industry and Trade of Russia Denis Manturov, State Secretary of the Union State of Russia and Belarus Dmitry Mezentsev, as well as senoir executives of a number of Belarusian enterprises. The plenary session was moderated by the heads of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Belarus and Russia, Mikhael Miatlikov and Sergey Katyrin.
Four documents were signed in a solemn ceremony during the business forum. These are the cooperation agreement in the machine-tool industry between the Governments of the Republic of Belarus and the Russian Federation, the agreement on mutual understanding and cooperation between BELAZ – Managing Company of Holding "BELAZ-HOLDING" and the Russian Export Center, the cooperation agreement between the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Russian Export Center, as well as the comprehensive interdepartmental program in aircraft manufacturing.
In total, participants of the national exposition and foreign partners signed over 60 documents.
Hence, although a special relationship of strategic partnership has long been established between the Republic of Belarus and the Russian Federation, INNOPROM remains an important meeting point for Belarusian and Russian industrialists, provides another opportunity to take stock, discuss topical issues of industrial development, find new partners, and sign important contracts and other documents.
The participation of Belarus in INNOPROM 2023 and the special status made it possible not only to show the industrial and innovative potential of Belarusian manufacturers and achieve specific commercial results, but also to get a significant image effect for our country, to acquaint Russian and foreign visitors of the national exposition with the cultural traditions of the Belarusian nation, to strengthen the reputation of Belarus as a reliable business partner.