On July 9-12, 2018, INNOPROM became the main trade fair for industrial technology, equipment, and services and confirmed its status of the main site for industrial leaders: 50,000 square meters of exhibition space were occupied with stands representing over 600 companies from 20 countries, including Belarus, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Republic of Kazakhstan, Republic of Korea, RSA, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, and Switzerland.

The following 8 countries presented their national stands: Belarus, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Japan and, for the first time, Hungary, Slovakia and Switzerland.

This year INNOPROM, its main theme being Digital Manufacturing, dramatically increased the share of professional visitors in spite of introducing paid admission in 2018. A total of 46,000 badges were issued during exhibition operations. Compared with 2017, the structure of the exhibition audience shifted to where the share of processional participant (exhibitors, delegates) exceeded 76% of all visitors. Experts and participants who attended INNOPROM-2018 dubbed the event “the Russian Hannover.”

107 countries partook in INNOPROM-2018 as exhibitors, delegates, special guests, and corporate representatives. The number of robotics and machine building prototypes presented at INNOPROM increased more than two-fold: 394 items in 2017 against 813 prototypes in 2018.

The number of INNOPROM.METALWORKING exhibition and business program participants saw a 4.5-fold increase compared against 2017, when the event was held as a separate exhibition for the first time.

INNOPROM-2018 accommodated the signing of more than 100 agreements, including a large number of contracts and transactions, e.g. RCC signed an agreement on the launch of an autoclave line for the production of cathode copper (project investment estimated at RUB 45 bn); 17 agreements on cooperation with clients and partners of the Ural Bank of Sberbank; memorandum on the organization and participation in the partner format in the Global Industrial and Technical Exhibition and Big Industrial Week ARABIA-2019 Forum (signed at the stand of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia); and international agreements with Chinese and Korean manufacturers and officials.

In 2018, INNOPROM was much more popular with the press: 348 Russian and foreign media outlets covered exhibition operations; organizers issued over 1500 badges to media representatives.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Strategy and Finance of the Republic of Korea Kim Dong Yeon, First Vice Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy of the Republic of Korea Lee Inho, Vice Minister of Commerce of the PRC Gao Yan, Minister of Industry of the Republic of Belarus Vitaly Vovk, Minister of Energy and Industry of Qatar Mohammed Saleh Abdulla Al Sada, Minister for Industry and Mines of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria Youcef Yousfi, President of Palau Thomas Esang Remengesau, Deputy Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade of the Islamic Republic of Iran Barat Ghobadian and many other prominent foreign visitors were INNOPROM's distinguished guests.

The exhibition enjoyed the support of the following international associations:  International Federation of Robotics (IFR),  German Engineering Federation (VDMA), Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), Korea Association of Machinery Industry (KOAMI), Korea International Trade Association (KITA), Korea Association of Robot Industry (KAR), Korea Institute of Robot Industry Advancement  (KIRIA), Swiss Association of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Industries (SWISSMEM), China Robot Industry Alliance (CRIA), and China Machinery Industry Federation (CMIF).

Next year, INNOPROM will further expand its Digital Manufacturing track in line with market, business, and Industry 4.0 trends.


In 2018, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Kozak made his first appearance at INNOPROM. He visited the Swiss national exhibit, DMG Mori stand, and joint stand of additive technologies. Kozak also conferred the National Industrial Award INDUSTRIA-2018 on Monocrystal, the largest global manufacturer of synthetic sapphires for the LED industry and consumer electronics. "Nowadays we need high-tech breakthrough initiatives that would hold promise for the future, and the Russian business has quite a few of them. Today it is my great pleasure to award heads of successful Russian companies with the National INDUSTRIA Award for major achievements in industrial innovations and ideas that are changing the world as we know it."

Denis Manturov, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, was the keynote speaker. On Day 1 of INNOPROM operations, the Minister toured the site. He visited the German, Italian, Japanese and Swiss national exhibits and the stands of Dassault Systèmes, Kuka Robotics, FANUC, ABAGY Robotic Systems, Siemens, DMG Mori, Zifra, and the joint stand of additive technologies.

The Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov said that the Ministry intended to change the format of its trade missions’ operations. Some employees will transfer to the Russian Export Center, and companies will have to pay for certain services provided by trade missions. The Minister shared, “We are updating our trade missions, changing the format and approaches to their operations. Some employees will be transferred to the Russian Export Center in order to support the provision of paid services. We made that decision a while back because companies do not understand the concept of a free service.” Manturov emphasized that the business community should not get an impression that trade missions were some unavailable structures incapable of providing assistance with the completion of business tasks.

Strategic Council on Investments in New ‪‎Industries entitled Increase in High-Tech Industrial Export: Opportunities and Issues met under the chairmanship of the Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov. The Strategic Council provided opportunities for interaction between industrial companies and representatives of the IT market. General Director of the Russian Export Center Andrey Slepnev talked about the plan to combine various export support institutions under the auspices of the REC by 2021, "Since we want to streamline regulation, we suggest the creation of a one-stop service under the aegis of the REC. Such service will incorporate all involved agencies and provide exporters with the opportunity to file all the necessary paperwork electronically. By 2021, we expect to launch this service and use it to cover at least 10% of all export operations."

Russian Copper Company (RCC) plans to launch an autoclave line for the production of cathode copper at Mikheevskiy Ore Mining Mill in the Chelyabinsk Region. RCC President Vsevolod Levin said, "In 2014, we launched Mikheevskiy GOK with an annual capacity of 18 million tons. In 2017, its capacity was increased to 27 million tons of ore, and growing volumes prompted us to start copper concentrate conversion into cathode copper at the GOK site to optimize delivery costs and supply a higher added value product to the market." According to Levin, the new production facility will annually yield 100,000 tons of copper cathodes, approximately 25,000 tons of nickel sulfate (an increasingly popular product used in electrocar batteries), and up to 350,000 tons of cobalt as marketable salt. The autoclave facilities will use up to 500,000 tons of copper concentrate from Mikheevskiy GOK as an input material as well as up to 750,000 tons of oxidized nickel ore from the Kulikovskaya field cluster (Chelyabinsk Region) licensed to the RCC. Project investment is estimated at RUB 45 bn. New facility will create over 1,000 high-tech jobs.

Interdepartmental Working Group on the Development of Additive Technologies approved the preliminary industry development plan until 2025. 59 members of the working group on the development of additive technologies convened at INNOPROM-2018. Evgeny Kablov, General Director of All-Russia Research Institute of Aviation Materials, spoke about the existing additive technology development plan for Russia through 2025, "We got involved as instructed by the Presidium of the Upgrade Council under the President of the Russian Federation. We were expected to generate a preliminary integrated plan for the use of additive technologies to make armament, military and special machinery. A total of 40 companies and over 50 experts took part in the work, and budget allocations are estimated at RUB 89 bn." Head of the Federal Agency on Technical Regulation and Metrology Alexey Abramov presented his report on the development of national standards and implementation of the Additive Technology Program, "We have adopted as many as ten standards on additive technologies, and 17 are being developed. I think that we must be more active in accessing the ICO platform, as some of our national products are unique. We urgently need metering tools and means of assessing the parameters of a finished item. In order to accomplish this task, Scientific Research Institute for Optical and Physical Measurements was designated as the core center of competences."

In 2019, Russia will organize the Global Industrial and Technical Exhibition and Big Industrial Week ARABIA-2019 Forum at the Egypt International Exhibition Center in Cairo. President of Formika Group Maxim Zverkov and General Manager of Egypt International Exhibition Center Mohammed Elamin Adel Abdelghaffar Ramadan signed the corresponding memorandum in the presence of the Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov. ARABIA-2019 will become the first foreign international exhibition and forum organized by Russia. Russia will serve as the Partner Country of the event in 2019.

Digital Manufacturing, one the most prominent event tracks, was selected as the main theme of INNOPROM-2018. Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov participated in the session Integrated Technologies in Industrial Production: Efficient Solutions. Production Director at Russian Helicopters Mikhail Rybakov talked about his company's immediate plans and objectives, "A year and a half ago we decided to create a comprehensive digital platform for our holding. We sought to incorporate digital twins, digital testing sites, and digital manufacturing and integrate them not just within the holding, but also incorporate our suppliers and end clients. If we were to speak of goals and objectives, naturally we target R&D terms, production times, costs, and quality."


Day 1 of INNOPROM-2018 featured the Main Strategic Session People, Machines, Soft: Efficiency of Interaction with the participation of Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Kozak, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov, President of the International Federation of Robotics and Chairman of the Board at Yaskawa Corp Junji Tsuda, CEO of KUKA Robotics Stefan Lampa, Chairman of the Board and CEO of WIKA Alexander Wiegand, CEO of Siempelkamp Hans Fechner, and Chief Technology Officerat ABB Bazmi Husain. Anton Atrashkin, Director of INNOPROM Business Program, moderated the Main Strategic Session. Discussion participants explored such basic trends of the Fourth Industrial Revolution as 3D printers, robotization, Big Data technologies, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things.

Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Kozak provided the following expert assessment of the level of robotization in Russia, "We have just 3 industrial robots per 10,000 employees, while the average worldwide number if 69, and digitalization leaders have more than 100 robots per 10,000 workers."

Dmitry Kozak also talked about projected methods for increasing production efficiency, "We are launching technology contests to help us find solutions which will radically change product consumer characteristics. We have already approved the first 2 themes related to hydrogen power for motor transport and unmanned aircraft, as well as control systems for driverless vehicles operating under harsh winter conditions, which is particularly relevant for our country. The prize pool for these 2 contests is almost RUB 400mln."
The Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov shared his stance on human involvement in future technological processes, "The transition to automated processes will allow for quality optimization and improvement. But I believe that the concept, design, and development of technological processes will always remain in the human domain."

Chief Technology Officer at ABB Bazmi Husain expressed his opinion on the future of robotization, "Systems will be able to manage emergencies. What will happen with machines, people, and software then? All these components will undergo dramatic changes: machines will have to get smarter and learn to cognize the space around them and be aware of their own condition, and then they, let us put it this way, will have an easier time. Software must get to the point where it can manage cyberphysical interactions, which means that software must be able to predict situations and handle them, i.e. forecast its interactions with artificial intelligence."


The Republic of Korea served as INNOPROM-2018 Partner Country. Its delegation included approximately 400 corporate representatives and officials who engaged in more than 670 negotiations at the exhibition. INNOPROM featured the signing of 5 bilateral memoranda between Drone and Copter Express, IREA Chemicals and OZ Group, U-Jin Tech SD Group, Jin Sung Ent and Siberian Technology Company, Hwaseung Exwill and Leotec Group; the memorandum between Korea International Trade Association (KITA) and Middle Ural Development Corporation (MUDC) was signed as part of the Business Program.
The Korean exhibit was located in Pavilion 1 and at more than 3000 sq.m. was the largest exposition at INNOPROM. The Partner Country exhibit showcased 105 top Korean enterprises, including leaders in such industries as mechanical engineering, robotics, auto industry, power industry, industrial equipment, metalworking, and consumer goods. The most extensive stands showcased products manufactured by such industrial giants as Doosan Infracore, PT Coupling, Hyundai Motors (which presented its first hybrid e-car Ioniq electric), IRROBOT, TagTec, Jungwoo Motor, and Yongsung Electriс. 

Kim Dong Yeon, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Strategy and Finance of the Republic of Korea, Lee Inho, First Vice Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy of the Republic of Korea, and Denis Manturov, Minister of Trade and Industry of the Russian Federation, participated in the opening of Korea's national stand.

Special guests of the opening ceremony included: CEO of EWP Park Il Jun, Vice-President of KNTO Min Min Hong, Deputy Chairman of KOAMI Choi Hyeong Ki, Vice-President of KOTRA Yun Wonsok, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the Russian Federation Woo Yun Keun, President of KITA Kim Young Joo, President of Formika Group Maxim Zverkov and Governor of Sverdlovsk Region Evgeny Kuivashev.

In his welcome address, First Vice Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy of the Republic of Korea Lee Inho pointed out that “INNOPROM-2018 is more than just a trade fair. It is the first result of a top-level meeting which was held in July of 2018. At the meeting, the leaders of Korea and Russia agreed to pursue close mutually beneficial cooperation. At INNOPROM-2018, the Korean Government places special emphasis on mechanical engineering and innovative segments, such as robotics, electric cars, and drones.”

“It is a great honor for us that Korea decided to become the official Partner Country of the exhibition.  Other countries also participate in INNOPROM-2018, but the Republic of Korea expressed targeted interest in the event.  The Korean industrial sector has never organized such an extensive presentation of its capabilities in Russia," Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov stated at the opening ceremony. He added that industrial trade turnover between the two countries grew by more than 25% in 2018 due to a steady increase in exports and imports.


INNOPROM-2018 Day 3 program featured the Russia-Korea Forum on Research Cooperation in Robotics.  Its participants included representatives of top Russian institutes and Korean robotics organizations which presented one of the world's largest robotics clusters located in the city of Daegu. Daegu City Hall representative Shin Geong Chop talked about the creation of Daegu robotics research cluster, "Our cluster incorporates two institutes, robotics association, innovations development center, testing center, and 160 enterprises specializing in robotics, including such robotics giants as ABB and KUKA. Every year we hold a major global robotics forum, and I invite all session participants to attend our event. I hope that in November 2018 we can all meet in Daegu and continue the dialog which we started here at INNOPROM-2018."
The Memorandum on Cooperation signed by Russian and Korean robotics organizations at the Russia-Korea Forum became an INNOPROM-2018 landmark.


The Forum became an efficient B2B communication platform for small and medium component manufacturers and major Russian and international customers. The event attracted buyers from approximately 15 major Russian and foreign companies, such as STAN, Rostselmash, Lipetsk Machine-Tool Plant, RM-Terex, Galich Mobile Cranes Plant, Perm Factory Metal Centers, StankoMashStroy, DST-Ural, Grundfos, Volvo, etc.

Director of the Machine-Tool Building and Investment Machine Building Department of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Mikhail Ivanov pointed out the significance of the Forum for the development of Russian production, "That is a new format that we are using for the second year in a row at INNOPROM. The main idea is to bring together manufacturers of end products and companies which produce components and accessories. Let me remind you that the presence of a certain number of localized components in the final product indicates that the end product is made in Russia in accordance with the Government Decree No. 719. By the way, in the near future we will amend and modify existing regulations. We hope that Forum participants will not only exchange contacts, but also sign actual agreements and contracts."


INNOPROM-2018 was held with the support of the Russian Export Center (REC). The REC brought 24 companies to the exhibition and organized INDEX Industrial Supply Forum as part of INNOPROM Business Program.

At the Forum, General Director of the Russian Export Center Andrey Slepnev shared his expert opinion on the current level of Russian exports, "I can say that even if we double our per capita export numbers, we will still fall behind Belarus in its present state, and I would not want to speculate about exports in, say, six years." Andrey Slepnev also pointed out the 24.7% increase in non-primary energy export over January-April 2018 YOY. He expressed his opinion that in the next several years the majority of export operations would be done electronically, so we need to reform the system of foreign currency regulations, "We decided that our foreign currency regulation needed a major facelift. We have already given relevant instructions on the development of legislation which will eliminate penalties for the violation of the currency laws for exporters and all professional participants of external economic activities. We will issue warnings and monitor questionable transactions, but we agreed on the need to abandon the Draconian approach."


Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Kozak conferred the National Industrial Award INDUSTRIA-2018.
Monocrystal, the largest manufacturer of synthetic sapphires for the LED industry and consumer electronics, was announced the winner. Monocrystal fully complies with the main criteria for applicant assessment, i.e. technological novelty, economic effect, interdisciplinary application, and export potential.

Award organizers pointed out that Monocrystal's products could be "found in every second light emitting diode, every third smartphone, and every second Swiss luxury watch."

In 2017, Monocrystal claimed 49% share of the global LED sapphire market. The company was the first in the world to grow sapphire crystals weighing 300 and 350 kg, which allows for high structural perfection. Currently, the Russian company's products are highly sought after in industrial markets. Monocrystal exports synthetic sapphires to 25 countries.

A total of 90 companies from 20 Russian regions submitted their applications. Only 62 applicants complied with official selection criteria and were considered for the Award.

National Industrial Award INDUSTRIA was founded in 2014 by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation to assist with the implementation of promising industrial technologies in industrial production and to promote public recognition of best industrial development practices in Russian companies. The Award was assigned the Government award status in 2015.

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