Green light to the Automechanika St. Petersburg exhibition
On April 12 an exhibition of vehicle components, spare parts and equipment for garage and car service centers Automechanika St. Petersburg 2012 was opened at Lenexpo. According to foreign experts, Saint-Petersburg is a place where the greatest potential can be realised by the car market of Russia and Eastern Europe.
Automechanika is a number 1 exhibition brand in the world in this area. The exhibition is held in 10 countries around the world: Argentina, Germany, Spain, China, Malaysia, Mexico, UAE, Russia, Turkey, South Africa. In each of them it is an industry leader.
At the official opening ceremony the Executive Director of ExpoForum JSC, General Director of Lenexpo JSC Sergey Voronkov called this exhibition a landmark: it has not only changed the format by shifting primarily to the industry specialists, but also has become a new chapter in the history of the St. Petersburg congress and exhibition market. The promise of the project, coupled with the attractiveness of St. Petersburg vehicle market was evaluated by management of Messe Frankfurt, which decided to develop this exhibition together with ExpoForum JSC. Sergey Voronkov said that an agreement on cooperation had been reached within the unprecedentedly short time, and the whole exhibition had been organized within less than six months. He expressed gratitude to the partners for the prompt response and for well-formed foreign part of the exhibition.
On behalf of Messe Frankfurt Brand Manager of the Automechanika exhibition, Michael Johannes, thanked ExpoForum JSC and the city Government for assistance in conducting of the exhibition. Russia is the only country in the world, where the exhibition takes place simultaneously in two cities - Moscow and St. Petersburg, which indicates the special importance of the North-West region of the country. "Saint-Petersburg is the place where the greatest potential can be realised by the car market of Russia and Eastern Europe. Automechanika St. Petersburg has a great future "- said Michael Johannes.
On behalf of the Government of St. Petersburg guests and participants of the exhibition were welcomed by the Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Transport, Dmitry Znamensky. "The city is interested in purchasing high quality vehicles and spare parts", - said Dmitry Znamensky. He was granted an honorable mission to switch the green light at the symbolic traffic light near the stage, which became a symbol of a good start to a promising project.
The central event of the first day was an International Conference "Modernization of Road Transport - Strategy 2020". The following topics were covered by the conference: use of navigation systems, operation of gas management equipment, expert training, industrial policy of the city etc.
The conference was attended by industry professionals: representatives from government, business organisations, professional associations and specialised media. In particular, 170 professionals attended the plenary meeting, 70 experts attended the conference "Development of cooperation between Polish and Russian companies in the field of auto mechanics," and 60 specialists - the round table "Alternative fuels for modern vehicles". Over 40 people participated in the filed workshop "Introduction of modern information technologies for management of urban passenger transport and organisation of passage money collecting".
"Business Matchmaking" - a system of prior appointments for exhibitors and visitors had a great success. Thanks to this tool of communication 153 meetings were held only for the first day of the exhibition. And about 50 negotiations and meetings were held at the exposition stands.
The Automechanika exhibition takes place at Lenexpo on April 12-14.
ExpoForum JSC became a member of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RUIE). A full list of new members of the Union was published on its official website on April 23, 2012.
Improvement and planting of the city play an important role in the work of the city administration. Presence of Georgiy Poltavchenko, the Governor of Saint Petersburg, at the opening ceremony of the International Festival of Flowers and Landscape Design confirms this fact. СOur city deserves to be well-attended and decorated, in order to make the citizens happy and to energize our guestsТ Ц noted the Governor.
The VII Saint Petersburg International Book Salon started its work in Lenexpo. Within four days the guests of the exhibition can meet with the authors of world best-sellers, buy books without retail mark-up and visit over 250 business and entertaining events.
The Official Opening Ceremony of the VII International Forum titled УSenior GenerationФ was conducted on April 12, at Lenexpo exhibition complex. It is the first project in todayТs Russia covering the complete range of products and services for the senior people.
The 2d International Festive Decoration. Advertising and Information Forum, a key event in the North-West Region that focuses on outdoor advertising, city decoration and other advertising market segments, has started at Lenexpo Exhibition Complex.