1 - 4 December 2020, St. Petersburg, Russia
Russia is a country of concrete and precast concrete elements with a great tradition. The ICCX Russia, the largest and most successful conference and trade fair for the industry in Russia and the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States), has been an inseparable part of it for 15 years now. In the anniversary year, the organisers were able to welcome more exhibitors and more visitors. Stimulated, participants discussed with one another and cultivated their existing and new contacts in a familiar atmosphere.
Shortly after the opening of the registration at 08:00 in the morning, the organisers of the ICCX Russia 2019 were able to count several hundred visitors to the conference and exhibition. At the end of the second day of the exhibition, 5 December, the number of participants was to rise to more than 1,100 - a good 10% more than in the previous year. The already strong interest in innovations and new technologies in the areas of concrete and precast technology in Russia is therefore clearly reviving.
It is therefore fitting that this year the number of exhibitors at the accompanying trade fair was also a good 10 % higher than in the previous year. The international supplier industry therefore continues to rely on Russia as one of the world's most important sales markets for production technology in the precast concrete element, concrete product and ready-mix concrete segments. The exhibition once again represented everything of importance in the areas of mixing technology, reinforcement processing, machine and plant technology for the production of precast concrete elements and concrete products, handling, post-processing, concrete chemistry and other supplier parts. Among the exhibitors was, of course, also the platinum sponsor Pemat.
The exhibitors questioned agreed that the ICCX Russia is the only real trade fair that not only attracts a large number of visitors, but above all can also offer a high quality of visitors, as only experts from the concrete and precast concrete industry take part. Therefore, conversations are basically genuine, target-oriented technical conversations that often result in orders or at least cooperation - a clear advantage that the ICCX Russia has in comparison with many other events that are less clearly focused on the concrete and precast concrete industry.
From "smart concretes" to ultrasonic strength improvement
The extensive and professional conference programme began on 3 December with Michael Khrapko's technical course. In addition, the programme this year included 20 lectures on precast concrete elements, concrete products and ready-mixed concrete, including lectures on concrete technology, mixing technology and project reports.
Among the visitors questioned, the lecture by Prof. Vyatcheslav Falikman, Russian Federation, on "Smart Concretes" was very well received, as were the lectures by Stanislav Aidarov, Spain, on current experiments with fibre-reinforced concrete, by Prof. Efe Ikponmwosa, Nigeria, on the opportunities for Russian precast concrete companies on the Nigerian market, and by Ricardo Remus, Germany, on improving the strength characteristics of concrete using ultrasound.
First ever aerated concrete lecture session
For the first time, AAC Worldwide, the new trade journal published by the ICCX organiser, held its own lecture session on aerated concrete production as part of the conference. The programme started with four lectures by absolute experts in this area.
The first speaker was Gleb Iosifovich Grinfeld, Managing Director of the National Association of Aerated Concrete Manufacturers in Russia (Natsionalnaya assotsiatsiya proisvoditeley avtoklavnogo gasobetona, NAAG), who spoke about the domestic market. That was followed by Margarita Vladislavna Kaftayayeva, OOO "Sibirskiy element - Renta-K", with a very practical lecture on damage to aerated concrete products and how they can be prevented during production. In his lecture, Jürgen Oecknick of PSA Zurich dealt with the correct marketing of a system made of aerated concrete, adhesive and plaster. The final lecture was held by Fuad Mammadov, Team Leader Technical Sales at the leading Azerbaijani cement manufacturer Norm Cement. He presented to the participants investigations into the significance of cement quality for the aerated concrete final product.
Factory visits and fringe programme
Traditionally, on the fourth and last day of the event, the organiser invited participants to visit concrete and precast plants in the St. Petersburg region. Buses transported the approximately 200 participants to one of three plants: the precast concrete company Lider Prom, the concrete goods manufacturer Tsemsys or the ready-mix concrete manufacturer Beaton.
The ICCX Russia would not be the ICCX Russia if it did not offer a suitable fringe programme. Once again this year, the gala dinner in the event hotel's spacious and yet cosy Paulaner restaurant offered the right setting for exuberant celebrations and friendly conversations with tables richly laid out with food and drinks and lively dance music by two live bands from St. Petersburg.
The next ICCX Russia, which then already be the 16th, will take place from 1 to 4 December 2020 in the tried-and-tested Radisson Inn Pulkovskaya Hotel in St. Petersburg. Companies can already book their exhibition booth on the www.iccx.org website. Visitors will also find initial information there. We are looking forward to meeting you in St. Petersburg in 2020!
The review of the ICCX Russia 2019 can be found here.