News in 2012


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 “Russian International Energy Forum” consolidates International Exhibition “Energetika&electrotechnika” and a number of other industry exhibitions, conferences and regional industry meetings in Saint Petersburg. The first event will take place in May 2013 in Lenexpo, and in 2014 it will take place at the premises of the ExpoForum exhibition complex located near Pulkovo Airport. The possibility of transferring “Russia Power & HydroVision Russia” – the largest electric power and hydropower event in Russia held in Moscow by PennWell Corporation – to the Forum’s premises is discussed.

The "Russian International Energy Forum" is a part of the congress and exhibition business development strategy implemented by ExpoForum JSC.  “We plan to increase by two times the general area of the exhibitions held in the city,” announced Executive Director of ExpoForum JSC Sergey Voronkov during the ceremonial presentation of the project held as part of the “Energetika&electrotechnika” exhibition. “To achieve the target we need to untie the recourses of the organizers and shape large and important at the international level projects. Now, the local congress and exhibition market looks like a patchwork quilt: different events competing with each other and belonging to the same branch take place at different sites at different time.”

Aleksey Yakovlev, Head of the Administration for Media Relations, Marketing and Congress and Exhibition Activities of the Committee for Economic Development Industrial Policy and Trade of the Government of Saint Petersburg disclosed the disadvantages of the above market conjuncture. “The city’s economy needs such large scale events as the “Russian International Energy Forum”. These are more stable, as the crisis has shown: Small-sized and isolated projects closed while the large ones only suffered minor losses and even managed to increase the number of exhibitors.”

Igor Kirsanov, Director General of Restec Exhibition Company, approved the project and laid a special emphasis on the prospects of its development within the new Congress and Exhibition Complex which will grow to one of the largest and technologically perfect complexes in the Europe. “The new and modern site will further the success of the forum”.

According to Aleksey Tregubov, Chairman of the Soviet of the Union of Power Engineers of the North-West, organization of events of this subject-matter in Saint Petersburg is very special: along with the largest Scandinavian industrial centers, Saint Petersburg is one of the key players of the European electric power market. South-Western Thermal Power Plant ensuring power reliability for the whole North-Western region of the country was commissioned here in 2006. Apart from the above, Saint Petersburg houses the North-Western Thermal Power Plant – the first in Russia power plant with a highly economical and clean power production technology based on the gas-steam cycle.

Roman Komissarov, Assistant Director General for Media and State Authorities Relations of JSC Energy Service North-West, approves of the new project as well. “Russia currently has many forums on energy, power conservation and modernization of the fuel and energy complex. But the number of these does not affect the result: problems are only discussed. I believe that it is better to organize only one global event annually where all those interested can gather and come to a sole and certain solution. The “Russian International Energy Forum” will be just the required event.”


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.


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.


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.


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.