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ICCX Russia 2020 — a safe place for good business

What many thought impossible, CPI worldwide has made a reality: the ICCX Russia 2020 took place from 1st to 4th December 2020 in St. Petersburg, for the 16th time at the usual place. With appropriate security measures and an exemption from the St. Petersburg government, ICCX Russia was again a safe place for good business last year.

Even though the Corona pandemic had undoubtedly left its mark and many visitors and exhibitors had to forgo personal participation in ICCX Russia in December 2020, those present were in absolute agreement that it was the right decision to hold ICCX Russia and to participate actively in it.

In 2020, there was no other way to obtain information about current trends and developments in this form in person, and the feedback from the 380 or so participants was correspondingly grateful. Although this represented only a third of the number of participants in the previous year, it in no way diminished the quality of the visitors and, given the special circumstances, could certainly be considered a certain success.


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  • Three years ago, when I attended ICCX Russia for the first time, our company had a goal - purchasing and implementation of magnetic formwork at our factory. At that time, we were the first in the city to apply this technology. So, the task at the exhibition was “to find”. And today, three years later, I came back here already having an idea of working with such a formwork, and I am interested in specific nuances and technical capabilities. In other words, now the task is “to compare”. This year it is more of a Russian event than an international one. When the conference was attended by foreign experts, it was more interesting for me. I’m technologist, I ask questions and compare technologies used in Russia and abroad. Now we are among our own, so to say. But we perfectly understand the reason, it is just an observation. My impressions are very positive anyway, also since the organizers have taken all the necessary measures to protect the participants’ health.


    Elena Nazarova
  • I attended ICCX Russia for the first time, and actually it is the first conference I am attending this year. I am pleased with way the conference is organized. Everything is very informative, the information is useful. I can say for sure that the experience of attending your event is the greatest and most valuable experience for me. My company is interested in certain equipment to expand production capacities and my goal here is to do market analysis to present this to the management. I am very glad that the event takes place since we need this kind of information.


    Denis Osanov 2
  • Everything is great and interesting. I took part in ICCX Russia already more than once. My impressions – again – are only positive, also with regards to the need of Corona virus restrictions imposed. I think, today everyone has a mask in their pocket. If such demands were imposed, for example, in March, there would be more indignation from people, but now it is only about gratitude. At the exhibition technologies and equipment of international level are presented. A special advantage of your event is the opportunity both to communicate with manufacturers and suppliers and to listen to lecturers at the conference. I can say that my interest in the exhibition and conference is about the same value.


    Yuri Kuryatnikov
  • I attended already other conferences in Moscow this year. At ICCX Russia I am attending for the first time. Of course it is a pity that there are not as many participants as we would like to see here. But nevertheless, the contingent of guests permits to work effectively, I gained new knowledge and shared my own experience. So I consider my visit to ICCX Russia is really full and successful. ,I managed to get a lot of relevant and necessary information in the exhibition which is a very good experience. We all understand the complexities of the Corona pandemic, and we are delighted that you gave us all the opportunity to communicate with each other offline.


    Irina Vovk
  • The exhibition is organized very professionally. I understand the need of all the Corona protection measures and I am grateful to the organizers for taking care of the safety of the participants. It is not just communication and information exchange that matter to me. I had certain goals when visiting the exhibition, and I received answers to all my questions. All exhibitors with whom I spoke are really professionals in their field. This one is my first ICCX event, and also the first industry I attended this year.


    Constantine Pogodin
  • This is my first ICCX Russia. The event is superb. Of course, being a speaker, it is a little sad for me to see only a few participants in the conference hall. I would like to share my knowledge with a lot of people. But there are objective reasons for this which do not depend on us for now. Despite the fact that I am engaged in science, I experienced the exhibition with great interest. I have much to tell to those involved in production, so I was happy to talk to many exhibitors. I am glad that no matter what you maintain high quality of this event, also with necessary measures, I believe that you as organizers successfully coped with the task set before you.


    Alexey Antsibor
  • Elena Nazarova TZHBI-4, Tver
  • Denis Osanov LLC GK Stroisistema, Moscow
  • Yuri Kuryatnikov TZHBI-4, Tver
  • Irina Vovk NII SMiT, Moscow
  • Constantine Pogodin KPD Kaliningrad, Kaliningrad
  • Alexey Antsibor “Stroitelstvo” Research Centre, Moscow


Combination of offline and online presentations

This time, the technical course of Prof. Viktor Mechtcherine was presented via zoom conference. This circumstance did not prevent the participants, who were sitting at a safe distance from each other in the large conference hall in the Park Inn Pulkovskaya Hotel, from listening and participating with interest. Especially the questions following the individual sessions, which were transferred live to Prof. Mechtcherine in Dresden in Germany via an on-site camera, seemed almost more intense than at a purely offline event. The conference programme for the following two days also featured zoom connections to speakers who could not attend but who nevertheless made their contribution to the success of the conference.

This year's conference programme featured exclusively speakers from Russia, who spoke about current developments in the fields of concrete technology and precast concrete elements and in some cases received a lot of questions from the audience, which underlined the interest.

Again and again, the special challenges in the current times of crisis were discussed, to which a panel discussion on the topic of “Sales and Marketing” was dedicated for the first time on the afternoon of the second day on stage.

Trade exhibition with regulated visitor flow

The conditions of the hygiene protection concept for the ICCX Russia included the need to control the flow of visitors in a predefined manner. With the help of numerous belt barriers, route markings and distance signs on the floor, it was possible to ensure that safe contacts could be established between the visitors and the 70 exhibitors.

In fact, it was very unusual, especially for those who knew the ICCX Russia from other times, but it was very important for all present to finally be able to re-establish personal contacts that could not be maintained to the usual extent for almost a year. All the more interesting and open-minded were the discussions on site, which were once again characterised by a high level of technical questions.

Some companies were unable to travel to the ICCX Russia in December due to travel restrictions or quarantine regulations, but still participated in the exhibition with unmanned “presence booths”. This form of support was very well received by many visitors, as it shows that these companies remain loyal to their customers in good times as well as in difficult times and are already looking forward to a personal return in 2021.

Factory tours under special circumstances

On the last day of the event, it was again possible to conduct factory tours, also thanks to the increased safety precautions. With an appropriate distance between the participants in the buses, as well as in the plants themselves, the interested participants were able to see the technology live in action. Factory tours have always been an essential part of the ICCX concept, which has often been copied but never achieved. Especially not in 2020, when the ICCX Russia was the only trade event in the industry in Russia to keep the flag flying, even if not with the number of visitors who come to St. Petersburg in “normal” years, but with a once again smooth and well-functioning organisation.

In this respect, one can already look forward to the ICCX Russia 2021. From 7th to 10th December 2021, the 17th ICCX Russia will be organised again at the usual place, then hopefully under normal circumstances. Save this date!

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