Optimistic mood in the Russian concrete industry at the best ICCX event in a long time
An almost unusual and at the same time highly pleasing picture was presented to visitors and exhibitors at the ICCX Russia 2021 in St. Petersburg at the beginning of December after a long pandemic period. In the run-up to the event, all participants had been informed in detail about the Corona protection concept, which only allowed participants who had been vaccinated, had recovered or had been tested with a certificate to enter. Full aisles, a packed lecture hall and countless technical discussions between the more than 700 participants in the firmly established trade conference and exhibition for the Russian-speaking region characterised the events at the Park Inn Pulkovskaya Hotel. In times like these there was a real outcry from the industry, which was clearly missing such a platform for concrete experts and was able use it all the more intensively again.
As was the case last year, great importance was attached to compliance with safety precautions during registration. As the ICCX is attended exclusively by trade visitors who appreciate the value of the event, it was also acceptable to those needing to take a PCR test to do so the day before in the test centre specially set up by the organisers in the hotel. The Russian security concept and the checks paid off, and so the participants were able to stay in the conference area without obligatory masks and hold numerous discussions.
Already at the kick-off of the ICCX Russia with the intensive course of several hours on the use of mineral components in cement, mortar and concrete in the context of process engineering, economy and ecology, held by Prof. Jürgen Oecknick of PSA Zurich GmbH, more than 150 experts came together to get up to date and to receive further training. The audience was given detailed insights into the speaker's decades of practical experience. Jürgen Oecknick has been internationally active in his career and has been involved in scientific research, operations and consulting in both the cement and concrete industries.
As always, the official opening of the ICCX Russia followed on the second day. More than 100 national and international companies presented themselves to the public in the supplier industry's exhibition and took the opportunity to meet well-known customers in person again after a long time, to acquire new customers and to generally cultivate contacts from the industry.
The feedback from exhibitors and visitors, which you can read in this report, was clearly positive and full of confidence! The concrete industry wants to develop actively and has a great need for new technologies and plant concepts for the constantly increasing demand for concrete elements of all kinds.
As usual, the two-day conference programme offered plenty of variety and practical reports from experts for experts. Topics covered included the development of the Russian concrete industry, evaluation of low carbon concrete structures and government policy, high strength concrete formulations for high-rise construction through the selective use of mineral additions, and the production of decorative precast concrete facades. Developments in aerated concrete were also dealt with in a comprehensive panel discussion.
The traditional evening event at the Paulaner Restaurant of the conference hotel Park Inn Pulkovskaya was also the meeting point at this edition of the ICCX Russia to further network with participants and exhibitors. With good food, convivial conversation and music, the first day of the conference came to an end.
Another fixed item on the agenda of the ICCX Russia has always been the popular factory tours, which were also not to be missed this year. Various concrete plants ranging from structural precast elements to concrete products were visited.
Thus, the organisers of the ICCX Russia were once again able to draw a top conclusion and prove that even in difficult times like these, industry meetings have a very high value and are used intensively. The ICCX Russia 2022 will take place on 7 and 8 December 2022, and at the present time, due to the extremely positive impression, well over half of the exhibition booths have already been booked.
Pavel Kubasov, VPK Industriya, Moscow
I would like to extend my best wishes to the organisers and thank them for their work! We've been to a lot of events, I've probably travelled all over Europe and China, but I've never seen such a high quality concept. You've heard the term "all inclusive", and that's exactly what the ICCX Russia is. This is our third time participating in the fair and we don't have to worry about anything: we just check in, go to our exhibition booth - and then the organisers do everything for us. That's really cool!
The audience here is very targeted, you get just the right contacts. I am sure that our participation in the fair will pay off in the near future.
Last but not least, I would like to emphasise the high professionalism of the organisers, who provided us with first-class service and made our stay at the Park Inn Pulkovskaya comfortable and pleasant.
Dmitry Lezhebokov, TZTB, Tula
I would like to emphasise the high level of organisation of the event. The conference programme is very extensive and interesting. I got a lot of valuable information that will be useful in my future work. It's always interesting to learn something new, and at the ICCX Russia I learned a lot about ready-mixed concrete and precast concrete production technology, and I'm eager to put this new knowledge into practice.
I am convinced that a high-quality product (which is also a characteristic of our company) is a combination of experience, innovative technologies, scientific knowledge and passion for work. I wish the organisers every success in their further development!
Koskei Zhantore, Bauchem, Tashkent
On behalf of our company, we would like to thank the organisers of the ICCX Russia for the conference programme. The whole event was very interesting and exciting, we learned a lot of new things and will try to put this new knowledge into practice in our region in the near future. We were able to exchange ideas with the speakers personally and are now discussing with them the possibility of some of them coming to Kazakhstan.
I attended the ICCX Russia for the first time in 2018. That year was also quite successful, but the current event is more than commendable. I will definitely be back next year.
Anna Mironova, Scientific Research Institute for Reinforced Concrete Construction, St. Petersburg
I think the ICCX Russia is one of the most competent events in the industry. There are no superfluous people or information here, which is a sign of a highly specialised industry event.
I would like to highlight the lecture by Prof. Jürgen Oecknick. I know he has lectured at previous events, but this year he just outdid himself! The technical course was highly interesting.
This is the fourth time I have participated in the ICCX Russia. I live in St. Petersburg and there are quite a few events for the concrete and precast industry here, but I clearly prefer the ICCX. Convenient venue, convenient time, well organised programme - everything is great! Many thanks to you!