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INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION FOR PACKAGING MACHINERY
19,000 visitors from Russia, CIS and neighbouring countries attended both events. About 950 exhibitors from 35 countries presented
Crisis does not deter international suppliers to the Russian market
Both Moscow trade shows, UPAKOVKA/UPAK ITALIA and interplastica, record steady visitor flow
While Russia’s weak rouble, the dramatically declining oil prices and the challenging political situation are affecting the Russian market for packaging and process technology and for plastics and rubber, business has by no means come to a grinding halt. Russia and its neighbours still have a substantial demand for investment and an unbroken interest in advanced machinery, production and process technology and high-tech materials. The domestic food processing and packaging industry is under pressure to improve its competitive edge so as to substitute the decline in imports. Hence, business owners and industrialists are keen to find out more about innovative technologies and maintain or establish business contacts with suppliers, even if business projects cannot be rolled-out immediately.
Accordingly, there was a keen interest in the two major trade fairs for processing, packaging and printing, plastics and rubber, UPAKOVKA/UPAK ITALIA and interplastica 2015. While many of them were regular visitors, there were also numerous company representatives, who attended the fairs because they expected the current market changes to improve their sales opportunities. Between 27 January and 30 January 2015, some 19,000 visitors from Russia, CIS and neighbouring countries attended both events. About 950 exhibitors from 35 countries presented their products at Moscow’s EXPOCENTRE in Krasnaya Presnya.
“Considering the current conditions, we are very happy with these results,“ Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, Chairman and CEO of Messe Düsseldorf stated. “The fact that so many international exhibitors attended the UPAKOVKA/UPAK ITALIA and interplastica trade shows speaks of great confidence in the Russian market. And their commitment was rewarded by an unexpectedly high number of visitors. This success confirms the significance of both events for their respective industries. In times of challenging political conditions and difficult business relationships, we hosted two major trade shows to ensure that business relations will remain unaffected.” Messe Düsseldorf and its subsidiary Messe Düsseldorf Moskau OOO co-host both trade shows. UPAKOVKA/UPAK ITALIA is hosted in cooperation with the Italian organiser Centrexpo.
Visitors used the four-day event to gather comprehensive information on the current range of international products. They unanimously provided positive feedback on the undeterred attendance of global businesses. In turn, exhibitors were delighted by the keen interest of the trade show visitors who did not seem discouraged by the fact that many Russian businesses are currently dealing with major challenges. Project financing was identified as one of the most detrimental challenges, particularly for medium-sized and small companies.
The special supporting programme of UPAKOVKA/UPAK ITALIA, the “Future Forum – Trends for the Russian Market“ in hall 2.3 met with positive feedback. At this trend show selected exhibitors presented their innovations. The focus was on issues such as packaging and packaging material waste disposal and recycling. Visitors were invited to a discussion with the suppliers on market requirements and solutions.
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