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Russian Elevator Week 2015

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Business forums provided useful information and opportunities for cooperation.

International Exhibition of Elevators and Elevator Equipment showcases the best the industry has to offer.

Russian Elevator Week 2015, the International Exhibition of Elevators and Elevator Equipment, took place on June 9-11 in pavilion 75 of The Exhibition of Achievements of the National Economy in Moscow. The largest business-to-business event in Russia, it showcased innovative lift-industry products and services produced both domestically and internationally.

Taking part in opening ceremonies were numerous heads of Russian government and foreign lift associations. During opening ceremonies, General Director of Open Joint-Stock Companies (OAO) Vladimir Pogrebenko noted that Russian Elevator Week, organized jointly with the National Lift Union, is the leading vertical-transportation business event in Russia. It can only grow, he said. The main indication of this is in the near future, when the OAO and NLU plan to sign a strategic agreement related to organizing Russian Elevator Week 2017.

Russian Elevator Week 2015 welcomed more than 150 exhibitors from 13 countries. Exhibition space totaled 10,000 m2. Along with leading Russian lift manufacturers, such as Karacharovsky Mechanical Plant and Scherbinsky Elevator Factory, participants included the world’s leading OEMs such as Otis, ThyssenKrupp Elevator and Wittur. Participants also included members of leading industry associations in Europe and Asia. In addition to ELEVATOR WORLD Turkey, Turkish companies participating were: Ah&Met Asansör, Arkel, Centa, CNR Fuarcılık, Er-Ko İnşaat, Genemek, Has Asansör, Lift Vision, Merih Asansör, Metroplast, Mik-El Elektronik, Şah Lift, Tempo Rulman, Yener Asansör and Wittur Asansör San. ve Tic. A.Ş.

Chinese, South Korean and German companies presented large-scale displays. Overall, exhibits included examples of various lift equipment for use in the construction or overhaul of residential buildings, noted Vladimir Goverdovskiy, head of Housing, Communal Services and Improvement for the City of Moscow. He stated:

“We are interested in sharing experiences with our colleagues and, at the same time, developing technologies and services in Russia. For the last four years in Moscow, we replaced more than 18,000 lifts. In the next two years, we are planning to install more than 6,000 lifts worth over RUB7.5 billion (US$132 million). This will be the most modern and comfortable equipment.”

A gala dinner for participants took place on the first evening. A spectacular, intense dance show made the dinner even more enjoyable.

Over three days, 4,437 people from 13 regions of Russia and 23 countries, including Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzkeistan, visited the fair. Business activity during the exhibition was high as a variety of new products, designs and technical solutions were on display. Nearly all – 97% – of visitors were industry professionals.

Visitors had the opportunity to get acquainted with new products and establish contact with CEOs and top managers of leading lift companies in an effort to grow their businesses.

Throughout the event, leading Russian and foreign companies stayed true to exhibition traditions and made their products available to test drive. Premier demonstrations of elevator car design, comfort and safety, along with technical solutions dedicated to building a barrier-free environment for disabled persons, sparked major interest.

The business program was an important part of the event. Exhibitors and visitors learned about the latest lift-industry trends in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), and discussed regional programs related to lift equipment replacement and modernization, among other topics. Another key event was a forum focusing on housing-sector elevators and construction on June 8, the opening evening, for employees of the lift industry. Representatives from Russia, CIS and non-CIS countries within the lift community that made up the Technical Committee discussed the main problems of implementing technical Customs Union regulations, lift modernization, support for Russian equipment manufacturers and professional qualification programs for employees. As a result of the forum, a cooperation agreement was signed between the NLU and Technical Committee entitled “Evaluation of Experience and Business Reputation.” The union and committee also agreed to jointly promote a voluntary certification system.  

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