12 July 2019

In 2019, INNOPROM celebrated its anniversary. The trade fair was held in Ekaterinburg for the tenth time. For four days, INNOPROM became the main exhibition of industrial machinery, equipment, and services and reasserted itself as an international site for showcasing industrial innovations.

More than 600 exhibitors from 22 countries presented their stands at the 50,000 sq.m exhibition venue. Major Russian companies, such as Rostec State Corporation, United Shipbuilding Corporation, Rosatom State Corporation, Air and Space Defense Concern Almaz-Antey, EvrazHolding, Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company, Russian Copper Company, etc., demonstrated their latest industrial technologies and solutions at the trade fair. INNOPROM-2019 foreign participants included Siemens, Mazak, Fanuc, Kuka, Siempelkamp, Dassault Systèmes, Phoenix Contact, Autodesk, etc. More than 200 corporate exhibitors represented foreign companies.

15 countries presented their national stands. Turkey (Partner Country), Austria, Belarus, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, and Taiwan demonstrated their products and solutions.

This year INNOPROM, its main theme being Digital Manufacturing: Integrated Solutions, attracted over 43,000 visitors and more than 1,300 media representatives.

90 countries took part in INNOPROM-2019 in the capacity of exhibitors, delegates, distinguished guests, and corporate representatives.

Specialized exhibition of metalworking and welding equipment INNOPROM.METALWORKING was held at INNOPROM for the third time. Every year this event attracts supervisors of production facilities and processes, foremen, engineers, and procurement managers representing Russian and foreign industrial enterprises.

The exhibition traditionally demonstrates full-size items, machines, robotic complexes, monitoring and measuring equipment, specialist software, etc. The number of full-size robotic items and machines featured at the exhibition increased by 30%. This year, exhibitors presented approximately 1,000 full-size items against 813 shown last year.

More than 500 Russian and foreign media covered INNOPROM operations; organizers issued over 1,300 badges to media representatives. 

Distinguished exhibition guests included Minister of Industry and Technology of the Republic of Turkey Mustafa Varank, Minister of Economy of the Republic of Azerbaijan Shakhin Mustafayev, Minister of Industry and Commerce of the Republic of Zimbabwe Mangaliso Ndlovu, Minister of Industry and Mining of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria Djamila Tamazirt, Minister of Industry and Infrastructure Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan Roman Sklyar, Minister of Industry of the Republic of Belarus Pavel Utyupin, Minister of Economy of the Republic of Armenia Tigran Khachatryan, Chairperson of the State Committee on Industry, Energy and Subsoil Use of the Kyrgyz Republic Emil Osmonbetov, Member of the Board – Minister in Charge of Industry and Agriculture of the Eurasian Economic Commission Alexander Subbotin, Vice-President for Science and Technology of the Islamic Republic of Iran Sorena Sattari et al.

The exhibition enjoyed the support of such international associations as the Russian-German Chamber of Commerce (AHK), Franco-Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI France Russie), Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Japan Association for Trade with Russia and NIS (ROTOBO), Agency for the Development and Promotion of Italian Business Abroad (ICE), Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), Chamber of International Commerce of Kazakhstan, Hungarian Export Promotion Agency (HEPA), Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO), Taiwan Automation Intelligence and Robotics Association (TAIROA), Federation of the Austrian Automotive Industry and its Component Suppliers (FMMI) of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Zhejiang Robot Industry Association (ZRIA), International Federation of Robotics (IFR), German Federation of Industrial Research Associations “Otto von Guericke” (AiF Projekt GmbH), German Centers for Research and Innovation (DWIH) Moscow, Center for Innovation and Technology in North Rhine-Westphalia (ZENIT), Austrian Business Agency (ABA), and Malaysia Robotics and Automation Society (MyRAS).


As part of his working visit to Ekaterinburg, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin attended the Tenth International Industrial Trade Fair INNOPROM-2019. The head of state toured exhibition pavilions accompanied by Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Urals Federal District Nikolai Tsukanov and Governor of Sverdlovsk Region  Evgeny Kuivashev. The President visited the exposition of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation and explored Russian mobile operating system Aurora designed for organizations with enhanced security requirements. Moreover, the stand featured Aquarius tablet computer.

The President also watched the demonstration of a remote control operator workstation in action. The head of state observed the operations of a remotely controlled BelAZ dump truck located at Zhodino landfill in Belarus.

This year, Deputy Prime Ministers of the Russian Federation Dmitry Kozak and Yury Borisov also attended INNOPROM.

On his tour of INNOPROM-2019, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak paid special attention to expositions presented by Rostec and Rosatom State Corporations and the following companies: ZYFRA, Russian Copper Company, Sinara, Pipe Metallurgical Company, Almaz-Antey, Galaktika, FANUC, and KUKA. He also visited national expositions, including the stand of Turkey, the Partner Country of this year's exhibition. Moreover, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation took part in plenary sessions and conferred the National Industrial Award INDUSTRIA-2019. Hevel Group (Novocheboksarsk) won the National Industrial Award INDUSTRIA-2019 for the creation of a heterojunction technology and its implementation in industrial production.

INNOPROM Business Program comprised more than 100 special events and provided an efficient B2B communication platform for small and medium component manufacturers and major Russian and international buyers.

The Program featured the following tracks: Digital Manufacturing, Industrial Innovations, Industrial Robotics, New Materials for Manufacturing, New Mobility, Metropolitan Solutions, etc.

INNOPROM flagship session was held as part of Digital Manufacturing track on July 8. Top representatives of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation and CEOs of major global and Russian manufacturing and technological companies came together to discuss challenges and issues pertaining to digitalization of production. Event participants considered industrial digitalization from three different perspectives: manufacturers of digital technologies, their clients (Russian industrial giants), and the state.

Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Oleg Bocharov said, "The Ministry of Industry and Trade is embarking upon a major overhaul of the national innovation system. The state must maintain its role as educator. We need to provide support to actual products made by actual manufacturers as opposed to incentivizing huge numbers of developers. The more universal product we create, the smaller the price of servicing and parts and the higher the impulse to accelerate processes that are essential to our progress."

Sergey Kravchenko, President of Boeing Russia & CIS, pointed out that "the future of the digital world depends on global internet. Russia is the world's largest country with the largest airspace, and we are still one of the global leaders in infrastructure launch."

The session featured the results of the Digital Transformation Readiness Index prepared by Strategy Partners specifically for INNOPROM. President of Strategy Partners Group Aleksandr Idrisov stated that "the study sought to assess digital transformation readiness. The Index was developed by an international group of experts." He also underscored the low present level of process automation and identified major problem areas.

Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Yury Borisov set the tone for the session Diversification of Defense Industry: Challenges, Opportunities and Support Tools by emphasizing the relevance of issues under discussion. He also shared his perspective on the direction pursued by the Government, federal agencies, and the Ministry of Industry and Trade. As one of the people who authored the current state armaments program, Yury Borisov explained that "albeit the volume will remain virtually the same until 2027, the army is nevertheless getting imbued with modern specimens, and there is no need for bulk purchasing... That is why we are left with two components: arms exports and production of civilian products... We currently hold the second place in arms exports, but the situation is very complicated because the market is highly politicized... Penetration into the market of civilian products definitely constitutes our main reserve. That is a rather new, recent direction for us."

Before the session, Deputy Prime Minister, also accompanied by Governor of Sverdlovsk Region Evgeny Kuivashev, toured INNOPROM-2019 stands.

Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov was the main keynote speaker at Business Program events. On Day 1 of INNOPROM operations, he toured the  exhibition site and then took part in the opening of the Turkish national exposition. At the Opening Ceremony, Denis Manturov stated, "It is highly symbolic that the first business event starts with the opening of the exhibition pavilion of INNOPROM Partner Country, the Republic of Turkey. Two years ago, in August 2017, we took part in Izmir International Fair as its Partner Country. So we have a well-established tradition of being partners in exhibition and trade fair activities."

At INNOPROM-2019, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov stressed that Russia was keen on perceiving foreign investors as local manufacturers, "Regardless of their production sites' location, companies can take advantage of the special investment contract mechanism. Russia is completely open to joint implementation of initiatives in high-tech industries. That is why we are keen on perceiving any foreign investor who undertakes to engage in localization of production as a local manufacturer. We are prepared to grant access to our large market of state procurement and support investors through subsidies. That also pertains to projects implemented in Russia with an eye towards third-country markets."

At INNOPROM, the Russian Copper Company (RCC) announced the launch of its facility for the production of electrolytic copper foil scheduled for next year. The new production line will operate at Kyshtym Copper Electrolytic Plant in Chelyabinsk Region. In 2019, RCC intends to invest over $60mln into Kyshtym facility upgrades.

"Our goal for Kyshtym Copper Electrolytic Plant is to increase its capacity to 230,000 tons of cathode copper. The Plant will undergo a major overhaul. We will fully replace the electrolysis facility and install modern electrolysis baths and other cutting-edge equipment, such as robotic cranes, cathode stripping and anode preparation machines. The entire technological process will be robotized, which will allow for lower net costs and better quality. We will invest over $60mln into this project in 2019," RCC President Vsevolod Levin shared in the interview which he gave TASS, INNOPROM general information partner and Press Center operator.


At INNOPROM main strategic session Champions of Digital Race. Competition Strategies, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Kozak, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov, and other participants discussed common challenges of our time which cause constant changes in legislation and production conditions. Anton Atrashkin, Director of INNOPROM Business Program, served as event moderator.

Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Kozak set the tone for the discussion, "People constitute a key factor in economic development. We face competition in many industrial segments, but Russia has not lost its potential, and its talented population confirms that. As part of the industrial policy, we are implementing a series of instruments that will stimulate the competitiveness of our industry and promote technical development."

President and CEO of Omron Robotics Tom Mathias pointed out, "We often hear that automation destroys jobs, but we take a different approach. Automation transforms those skills that are necessary in order to maintain competitiveness. If we look at the production sector globally, we will perceive the most complex task of implementing automation solutions. At Omron Robotics, we focus on developing instruments which will facilitate automation. A person who is currently working at a factory and performing manual labor will be able to engage in the programming of robotic systems."


The Turkish National Exposition was located in Pavilion 1 and was among INNOPROM's largest exhibits. The Partner Country showcased its leading enterprises representing the following segments: mechanical engineering, robotics, automobile industry, power industry, industrial equipment, metalworking, consumer goods, and tourism.

At INNOPROM-2019, Russia and Turkey signed 5 bilateral agreements:

  • Turko-Russian company Koluman Rus and Polupricep LLC signed an agreement on the supply of 100 semi-trailers;
  • Turkish company Kozuva Group and Tatarstan Investment Development Agency signed an agreement on the construction of a cargo terminal at Kazan airport;
  • Management company of Accelerated Socioeconomic Development Territory "Kangalassy Industrial Park" (city of Yakutsk) and Istanbul Chamber of Commerce signed an agreement of intent on the development of cooperation;
  • Sverdlovsk Region and the Republic of Turkey signed an agreement on the enhancement of trade and economic relations;
  • SAYBM consulting company and Hoşhanli Kuyumculuk signed an export contract for the supply of Russian finished jewelry items to Turkey.

Turkish Cöşkunöz Holding will manufacture and supply stamped parts of medium and heavy stamping for Peugeot Citroën Mitsubishi Automotiv Rus in Kaluga. Representatives of the two companies signed an agreement to that effect at INNOPROM International Industrial Trade Fair in the presence of Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov and Minister of Industry and Technology of the Republic of Turkey Mustafa Varank.

Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov, Minister of Industry and Technology of the Republic of Turkey Mustafa Varank, Deputy Minister of Trade of the Republic of Turkey Gonca Yılmaz Batur, and Governor of Sverdlovsk Region Evgeny Kuivashev took part in the official opening of the National Exposition of the Republic of Turkey.

In his welcome address, Minister of Industry and Technology of the Republic of Turkey Mustafa Varank stated, "Strong industry has always been the driver of continuous and sustainable development. That is why we chose the path of developing high-tech production to ensure our country's further progress. Turkey has an extensive and vibrant industrial infrastructure. In 2018, our trade turnover constituted $168bn, and I must point out that virtually 90% of it comes from mechanical engineering. Of course, we will not stop there. We will proceed to expand our cooperation with other countries."



The Russia-Turkey Industrial Forum accommodated three seminal plenary sessions.

The first session Industrial Cooperation: New Tasks and Projects brought together heads of the Russian and Turkish delegations and the leadership of major business associations. Event participants shared their experiences in successful project implementation and laid the foundation for future cooperation in the industrial segment.

In his statement, President of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov pointed out that Tatarstan was interested in cooperating with Turkey in various areas, "Prospective areas for cooperation include petrochemistry, mechanical engineering, and high-tech segments, as well as healthcare, tourism, and exchange of experience in providing support to small and medium enterprises. We also need to seek new ways for enhancing our cooperation in the innovative sector. We are in the position to establish new business relations. Moreover, Tatarstan has every opportunity to promote tourism localization."

The second session was dedicated to Russia-Turkey Cooperation in Mechanical Engineering. Turkish companies were among the first to enter the Russian components market. Currently, they are working on a number of joint projects in various Russian regions.  Session participants expressed their confidence in the fact that there was extensive potential for further cooperation. Semih Kar, Member of the Board of Directors of Turkish mechanical engineering enterprise Kar Metal, stated, "We face high competition from European companies, but we believe that we are competitive due to low production costs and good location. We are leaning more towards Ekaterinburg and Chelyabinsk because the Urals already have advanced heavy engineering companies."

The third session of the Russia-Turkey Industrial Forum was entitled Russia-Turkey Cooperation in Investment and Trade. Representatives of the Russian and Turkish authorities and the business community discussed the ambitious plan to increase bilateral trade turnover.

Mehmet Altinsoy, Department Director at Turkish State Railways, addressed the importance of railways for the development of bilateral turnover, "We decided that we needed to restore the Kars – Sivas line in order to pursue the idea of connecting with Russia's railway system. We need to restore the silk road as its pertains to railway communications because it will provide a point of connection for the Middle East and Europe. We need this road to improve the situation with our supplies to Russia. If we can create a transfer terminal in Kars, it will expedite the process. We are prepared to set competitive shipping prices and rates and engage in active cooperation with Russian Railways."


At INNOPROM, the Russia-Germany Industrial Forum hosted the session German-Russian Initiative for Digitalization (GRID): Results and Prospects.

At the session, Chief Commercial Office of KUKA Russia Peter Smolentsev said, "By implementing robots into any process... even if they fully mimic human behavior, i.e. work with the same speed as human employees and do that exact the same thing, we are guaranteed to boost operational efficiency by 40%  because we eliminate natural stoppage and the fatigue factor."

Igor Sergeev, Key Account Director at Siemens, emphasized that digitalization was important when traditional methods for production optimization lost their effectiveness. "The first stage involves enterprise analysis. The second stage pertains to Industry 4.0 and digitalization and constitutes the process of trial and error, of rejecting irrelevant solutions," he stated.


On July 10, 2019, Tenth International Industrial Trade Fair INNOPROM hosted the Russia-Iran Industrial Forum. At the Forum, representatives of the Government of Sverdlovsk Region and the Ural Chamber of Commerce and Industry and delegates of the Islamic Republic of Iran discussed prospects for bilateral industrial cooperation.

In his paper, Vice-President for Science and Technology of the Islamic Republic of Iran Sorena Sattari emphasized, "A powerful political and economic center located close to Iran, Russia as a nation that is friendly to us provided Iran with unprecedented opportunities for the development of political and economic relations over the past decades."

"The Islamic Republic of Iran is using its capabilities to foster constructive and dynamic cooperation at this global forum. And our presence here, which follows the initiative of the Russian authorities, attests to our intentions, Vice-President for Science and Technology of the Islamic Republic of Iran added.

On behalf of the Government of Sverdlovsk Region, First Deputy Governor of Sverdlovsk Region Alexey Orlov greeted event participants and stated that the Forum was being held at the time of intensification of Russo-Iranian relations, and every effort was being made to promote cooperation between regions and establish direct ties between enterprises, "The Islamic Republic of Iran is an important economic partner for the Sverdlovsk Region. In 2018, Iran claimed the 33d spot among 159 countries that are the Region's trade partners. Mutual turnover constituted almost $76mln, and I hope that this Forum will provide us with an opportunity to achieve a new, higher level in the development of long-term relations."


Day 3 of INNOPROM featured the Russia-France Industrial Forum. France, a global leader in environmental policy, claimed the second spot on the 2018 Environmental Performance Index produced by Yale University. The tone for the exchange of opinions was set by Pierre-Alain Coffinier, Consul General of France in Ekaterinburg. In his welcome address, he stated, “There is no denying that France is a global leader in environmental policies. But I would like to say that Russia is also a leader in this area, which President Putin confirmed yesterday at the GMIS-2019. We are happy that yesterday Russia made the decision to join the Paris Agreement, the largest agreement on environmental issues.” 

Yann Straub, Deputy Chairman of the Digital Infrastructure Committee of CCI France Russie and Co-Founder of Energo-Capital, talked about the French experience in waste processing that involved the use of waste accumulation sensors, “These sensors allow for understanding the current condition of waste. Sensors tell us when the waste is ready to proceed to the next stage of its environmental journey. This approach allows for a 30% reduction of CO2 emissions. It is important that we understand what we will throw out and when we should do it."


On July 11, INNOPROM hosted the discussion National Project "Ecology" – First Steps: Waste Products. Air. BAT. Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of Sverdlovsk Region Svetlana Filatova spoke about seven regional projects implemented under the National Project "Ecology": Clean Air, Forest Protection, Conservation of Biodiversity and Development of Eco-Tourism, Preservation of Unique Water Objects, Clean Country, Clean Water, and Creation of a Complex Solid Household Waste Management System.

By the end of 2024, we need to commission 13 solid household waste treatment facilities with total capacity of 1,945,000 tons, ensure environmental rehabilitation of at least 2,073 ha of water objects, shut down nine unsanctioned landfills, and reduce air pollution in Nizhny Tagil by 18.5%," Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of Sverdlovsk Region Svetlana Filatova explained.

Deputy Minister of Energy and Public Utilities of the Sverdlovsk Region Egor Svalov spoke about the main objectives on an ongoing reform, "We need to stop using landfills and move towards maximum waste sorting that would allow for the segregation of secondary material resources and their further processing, along with the separation of the maximum amount of waste that does not qualify as secondary material resources, but can be used as refuse derived fuel, from organic waste which can be used for composting, technical soils, etc. If we do all that, approximately 86% of waste will be recycled in the national economy as opposed to being dumped at a landfill."


Last day of INNOPROM-2019 Business Program featured an inter-industry event Digital Transformation in Metallurgy. Research & Technological Center Ausferr and Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works (MMK) served as event partners.  Session participants discussed the efficiency of IT solutions, in particular their application in production and quality management of steel products as the technological foundation for transitioning to business process digitalization at MMK.

In his presentation, Deputy Minister of Industry and Science of the Sverdlovsk Region Igor Zelenkin pointed out that the implementation of modern technologies, particularly digital technologies, would allow for taking the economy to a new level. "First and foremost, enterprise digitalization entails equipment modernization and implementation of digital components to ensure production control. Undoubtedly, the future lies with Industry 4.0."

Felix Kaptsan, Deputy General Director of Ausferr, which specializes in the development and implementation of information systems at large enterprises, shared that MMK had had to engage in digitalization a long time ago due to dramatically changing market requirements. The company started to receive custom orders. "Over the past 10 years, MMK has almost completely updated its production equipment. For modern machinery to function properly, it does not suffice for an operator to press a button. Nowadays, equipment cannot work outside of a digital environment. In this context, process digitalization no longer entails the automation of human actions, but constitutes a method for enterprise management."


Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Kozak conferred the National Industrial Award INDUSTRIA-2019. HEVEL Group (Novocheboksarsk) won the Award.

INDUSTRIA-2019 nominees included  S-INNOVATIONS LLC (Moscow), PJSC Chelyabinsk Zinc Plant (Chelyabinsk), AO Severstal Management (Moscow), and Nizhegorodpolimerstroy LLC (Nizhny Novgorod). A total of 70 companies submitted their applications. 59 applicants complied with official selection criteria and were considered for the Award. Submissions were assessed based on the following four criteria: technological novelty, economic effect, interdisciplinary application, and export potential.

HEVEL Group presented a photoelectric heterojunction (amorphous/monocrystalline silicon transformation) solar module with cell efficiency rating over 22% and 310W capacity.

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 technologies in industrial production and to promote public recognition of best industrial development practices adopted by Russian companies. INDUSTRIA was assigned the Government award status in 2015.


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