News in 2012


ExpoForum to Represent St. Petersburg at EXPO-2012 World Exhibition in Korea

ExpoForum together with the Government of Saint Petersburg became the organizer of an interactive exposition as well as a business and cultural program of the Northern Capital of Russia within the scope of the EXPO-2012 World Exhibition in the South Korean city of Yeosu. The exhibition was opened on May 12 and will last for three months. The exposition "St. Petersburg as the Russian Sea Capital" will be presented on June 27 to 30.

EXPO-2012 is the largest world exhibition representing 106 national expositions of participant countries and 10 expositions of international organizations.  The 2012 topic reads: "The Ocean and the Coastal Area: Diversity of Resources and Their Rational Use".

The Russian exposition at the exhibition will surprise guests with its scale and innovative approach to the pavilion space organization. The basic principle of the exposition is interactivity. The stand will enable guests to review modern methods of study and development of depths of the ocean, the history of development of the Northern Sea Route, technologies of creation of alternative energy sources. The exposition includes Mir deep-sea vehicles, installations dedicated to the richness of the Russian seas and so on.

ExpoForum JSC received the right to organize the St. Petersburg exposition by winning the tender. In the early May 2012 the respective state contract was signed. According to the contract ExpoForum JSC was to organize participation of St. Petersburg. Organizational work was performed together with the Committee on Economic Development, Industrial Policy and Trade of the Government of St. Petersburg. The interactive exposition "St. Petersburg as the Russian Sea Capital" will represent the city as an important sea transit center, the international center of advanced water technologies, the birthplace of Russian navigation, the largest shipbuilding center, the protector of environmental safety of the Baltic Sea, the scientific center of study of the World Ocean, a sea tourist and diving center.

The St. Petersburg delegation will include representatives of the Government of St. Petersburg and city companies. Among them: United Shipbuilding Corporation, GUP Vodokanal Sankt-Peterburga, Saint Petersburg Flood Prevention Facility Complex Dam, UK Marine Facade, Transas, National Dive League, NTP Gidroprivod, FGUP Rosmorport Northwestern Branch, OOO Fregat, ZAO Kreal, OAO Navy Devices, TD Tekhnomarin, Baltic Customs, etc. They will present their latest developments and hold negotiations with top managers of foreign companies, representatives of the administration of Yeosu and the International Exhibition Bureau. The program also provides for a visit to Samsung Digital Centre in order to review technical innovations.

ExpoForum JSC is preparing not only presentation of these projects and business and cultural programs, but also brochures about St. Petersburg companies, applications for iOS (iPhone and iPad) and Android operating systems in Russian, Korean and English, so that anyone can download the materials to their mobile devices.

As Executive Director of Expo-Forum JSC Sergey Voronkov notes, organization of participation in foreign events is a new area of the company's activity which started just a couple of months back. "Presentation of St. Petersburg at such a large-scale event as the World Exhibition is a great start for a new area of activity", he emphasized. After EXPO-2012 ExpoForum will start preparing an exposition and program for the 23rd international exhibition of production equipment, materials, technologies and services "Manufacturing Indonesia’2012" which will be held on December 5 to 8 in Jakarta.


The Baltic Marine Festival has grown by 25% compared to the year 2011

May, 31 in Lenexpo, there was open the Baltic Marine Festival which has became not only a meeting place for professionals of the maritime industry, but also a bright holiday for all the citizens and tourists. The first event of the festival was the parade of yachts and boats which was attended by the representatives of the major media of St. Petersburg.


By 2020, production of energy from renewable sources in Russia will grow by 35 times

This was reported by the speakers of the conference Energy from Biomass, which was held on May, 24 in the exhibition Energetika&elektrotechnika in the Lenexpo.


ExpoForum to carry out the action to clean the ground of the Gulf of Finland

June 2 ExpoForum with the support of the Administration of Vasileostrovsky district, the Russian Geographical Society and the city diving clubs, organises an ecological action, timed to coincide with International Day for Biological Diversity.


Institutions of Higher Education to train power engineers for specific enterprises

The above solution of the problem of the upcoming lack of qualified personnel in the energy industry in Russia was offered by the participants of the conference Personnel for Energy Efficient Economy held as part of the Energetika&electrotechnika exhibition in Lenexpo on May 23.


TRANSTEC2012 Exhibition and Conference Supported by Russian Marine Board and Ministry of Transport

TRANSTEC2012, an international transport exhibition, and the III International Conference on Port and Shipping Development were included in the event schedule of the Marine Board under the RF Government and the exhibition plan of the Russian Ministry of Transport for 2012. Both the exhibition and the conference will take place in Lenexpo on October 2-4, 2012. The organisers are Transtec Neva Exhibitions, which is 30% owned by ExpoForum, and East West Exhibition Management ltd/Dolphin Exhibitions ltd.


ExpoForum announces launch of the largest energy project in Russia

On May 23, ExpoForum officially announced the launch of its new congress and exhibition project Russian International Energy Forum. The first forum shall take place already in 2013 at Lenexpro and unite the leading industry events held in Saint Petersburg in its structure.


The exhibition Energetika&electrotechnika increased by 10% this year

One of the largest showing in the Northwest XIX international specialized exhibition Energetika&electrotechnika has opened on May 23 in the Lenexpo and aroused the great interest of the Russian and foreign companies.


XV International exhibition Welding was open in Lenexpo

The XV International specialized exhibition for welding, cutting, and related technologies Welding was opened on May 15 in Lenexpo; it has already become one of the largest industrial projects of Russia, CIS and the Baltic states over the years of its existence. Organizer: ExpoForum JSC.


Rating of Saint Petersburg at the global congress market had rapidly grown

The rating of Saint Petersburg as the place for holding international forums and congresses has grown during a year by 33 points: the city has moved from the line 112 to 79.


Gazprom has become a strategic partner of Kino Expo forum and exhibition

In April 2012, Gazprom has become the strategic partner of the Kino Expo, one of the world largest cinema forums. The cooperation is to assist the development of national film industry and the world market promotion of national cinematography.


ExpoForum has helped the citizens of Pushkin in reconstruction of family history

About 70 citizens of Pushkin addressed the staff of the archive of the Military Medicine Museum in order to learn the fate of their relatives who had been lost during the Great Patriotic War. The charitable action devoted to the Victory Day was arranged by ExpoForum jointly with the Military Medicine Museum and the administration of Pushkin Region.


Russian Troika Brought Guests to Hipposphere Opening

Hipposphere, an international horse exhibition, opened at LenExpo on May 4. The participants cut the symbolic red ribbon right on the manege arranged in the exhibition hall.


ExpoForum will hold a charity event devoted to the Victory Day

ExpoForum together with the administration of the Pushkin district and the Military and Medical Museum will hold a charity event on May 7 and 8. In Pushkin city, there will be opened a temporary public office of the Military and Medical museum archives with some materials of the Great Patriotic War.


St. Petersburg has been recognised as one of the best tourist destinations of Europe

A popular web-site for travellers, Tripadvisor has ranked the best tourist destinations of Europe with St. Petersburg in the 15th place in the list. St. Petersburg has appeared to be more attractive than Vienna, Munich and Budapest.