The ITFM 2011 international industrial exhibition was held in Crocus Expo on 27-30 September. It was organised by ITE Group plc and Deutsche Messe Rus. ITFM comprised four specialised exhibitions: INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION RUSSIA, MDA RUSSIA, SURFACE RUSSIA and CeMAT RUSSIA.
This year, ITFM presented over 250 companies from Austria, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, China, Turkey, India, Greece, Luxembourg, Belgium and other countries. In addition, the exhibition featured the national pavilions of Germany and Italy, other international pavilions, and a stand of Russian manufacturers organised by the Moscow City Department of Science, Industrial Policy and Entrepreneurship.
Over the four days, the exhibition was visited by about 5000 industry professionals from 31 countries and 55 Russian regions. Visitors were able to learn about production automation systems, automation components for various areas of application, hydraulics, pneumatics, drive technology, solutions for industrial surface treatment and industrial coatings, warehouse management systems, and handling equipment.
In the INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION RUSSIA sector, automation solutions for industrial enterprises and construction projects were demonstrated by Autonics, Balluff, HARTING, I.L.M.E. Spa, MTS Sensor, PaCo GmbH, SONY Electronics, Wago, Wuxi SEC Electric Machinery, Giden Electronics, Compel, Electrotechnical Systems and others.
The latest industrial surface treatment technologies were presented in the Surface RUSSIA sector by exhibitors including: Agtos, BalticNet-Plasma Tec, Exel Industry, J. Wagner GmbH, SLF Oberflächentechnik GmbH, AllRus, VKS, Plakart, Sonis, Surtek, Laserpribor, Conferum, Nanosintez and others. Also presented in this sector were products and systems for environmental protection and energy conservation.
The most representative part of the ITFM exhibition was the CeMAT RUSSIA sector. Intralogistics developments were presented by leading Russian and international companies from 16 countries, including: Dematic, EnerSys, Hans H. Meyer, Jungheinrich, KNAPP, Linde Material Handling, Meta Regalbau, MTG, Rocla, SSI Schafer, STILL, Stocklin, Toyota Material Handling Europe, Trilogiq Group, TVH Group, viastore Systems, Volzhskiy pogruzchik, Rus, RusTrans, Sevco, Hyster, Trelleborg Industry, FABS Logistic, First Logistic, Schoeller Arca Systems, Universal - Spetstechnica and others. The visitors showed particular interest in the demonstration of forklift trucks and handling equipment.
A key event in ITFM's business programme was the Russian-German Industrial Forum for Innovations, Modernisation and Energy Efficiency, which took place on 27-29 September.
On the first day of the forum, with the participation of Russian Energy Agency, the Russian Ministry of Energy held a session on the development and application of modern energy efficient technologies. A keynote paper on the potential for cooperation between Germany and Russia in energy efficiency was presented by Jörg Bode, Minister of Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport of the Federal State of Lower Saxony.
On the second day of the event, production managers and engineers in the painting departments of aviation, machine building and instrument making businesses were able to learn about the latest developments in surface preparation at a session on the subject. Papers were presented by representatives of the German Engineering Federation (VDMA), BalticNet-PlasmaTec Association and leading companies such as Linde Gas Rus, VKS, NII LKP with OMZ «Victoriya», J.Wagner and Russian Coating Corp. The meeting was held with the support and participation of one of the most prestigious publishers in the paint and varnish industry, Paint-Media.
In cooperation with the German Logistics Association (BVL), the third day of the forum featured a session on the development trends in Russia's logistics and intralogistics market. At the session, participants had the opportunity to discuss the current and future challenges in logistics for manufacturing, commercial and logistics businesses in the Russian market. The session also provided participants with information about the latest technical solutions for efficient logistics and intralogistics, and examples of successful projects.
The forum's partners were: the Russian Energy Agency under the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation, German Logistics Association (BVL), Paint Media publishing house, BalticNet-PlasmaTec Association, German Engineering Federation (VDMA) and Linde Material Handling.
ITFM was officially supported by: the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation; Council of the Federation Committee for Industrial Policy; State Duma Committee on Industry; Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation; Federal Agency for Technical Regulation and Metrology; Moscow City Duma; Moscow City Government; Moscow Region Government; Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation; SC Russian Technologies; and Moscow Chamber of Commerce and Industry.