International Engineering Fair
The 53rd International Engineering Fair and 6th International Transport and Logistics fair confirmed the positive situation in the economy as well as optimistic expectations of industrial firms. A Central European leader among industrial technology fairs has seen an increased interest of exhibitors - the fair presented more than 1 600 exhibiting companies - especially to the professional community. Exhibitors appreciated that the level of attendance reached last year’s figures already on the fourth day and a total of 78 to 79 thousand visitors is expected, which is 10% more than last year.
"Presently, the EU does not know which direction the European energy policy should take. We have three options: Do nothing in this direction, do something, but nobody knows what, or dare to act as a community together," said Hans Berge, Secretary General of EURELECTRIC at the beginning of a professional international conference, A Strategy for Competitive, Sustainable and Secure Energy.
A special mission of 15 representatives from French companies, clusters and associations attended the International Engineering Fair in Brno. The mission was organized by the French-Czech Chamber of Commerce (FČOK) in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce in Saint-Etienne, under the patronage of VIAMECA, one of the largest engineering clusters.
For the first time, Belarus is represented at this year's MSV by a separate official stand, with an offer of thirteen exhibiting companies. Traditional Belarus Business Day also presented business conditions and opportunities for cooperation on concrete projects in Belarus to Czech interested parties.
The opening of the traditional Slovak National Day at MSV in Brno was an opportunity to assess the development of the Slovak economy and trade and investment cooperation between the Czech and Slovak Republic.
Tuesday’s rich accompanying programme of the International Engineering Fair 2011 has been a testament to the international dimension of the fair. Politicians and representatives of companies, associations and unions from Poland, Russia and Slovakia had their chance to speak. Together with their Czech counterparts they discussed the need for closer cooperation and the promising future of industry.
The Czech Republic should focus on concrete steps that would allow the development of our potential in energy engineering. "I do not doubt that we have potential. I know well that Czech companies are increasingly emerging not only in the subcontractors’ positions but also in the role of major suppliers or consortia leaders and are able to provide for all implementation phases of a particular investment project.
Tonight, 8 winning exhibits of the total twenty-five entries were awarded in the Gold Medal competition of the International Engineering Fair 2011. Four gold medals and four honourable mentions were awarded in the following categories: Best Innovative Exhibit - energy efficient commercial product, Best Innovative Exhibit - a commercial product and Best Innovative Exhibit demonstrably formed in cooperation of companies with Czech research organizations.
Thank you for inviting me to today's opening ceremony of the Brno trade fair, an invitation which is not the first one. I like to return to Brno repeatedly on this occasion and I always say that placing this fair in the South Moravian metropolis was a good decision of our ancestors.
Traditional assembly of the Union of Industry and Transport (SPD) at the Brno Exhibition Centre became a forum for exchange of views between representatives of the Czech government and the business community. Industrialists demand improvement of technical education at all levels and are especially critical of unbalanced budgets and lack of solutions to corruption.
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