International Engineering Fair
The most successful International Engineering Fair since 2008 ended
The 58th MSV was attended by 1711 companies – the most since 2012 – on a net exhibition area of over 44 000 square metres, the highest since 2008. Exhibitors bought up the area several months in advance. All the exhibition centre pavilions have been filled. The fair also registered record attendance. During the first four days, the fairs were visited by 72 500 people and the total number of visitors is expected to exceed 80 000. Such interest in MSV did not occur during the last seven years.
The Czech economy and especially industrial production are thriving and prospects also remain positive. Optimism of manufacturers who have invested in innovation was visible at the fair as they were satisfied with the interest of customers. Increased attendance and the desire to purchase is a reflection of the growth in demand for new industrial solutions and technologies from the industry. The main topic, Industry 4.0 and the upcoming fourth industrial revolution, was already present at the fair through specific exhibits.
An extremely high turnout came from abroad this year. The proportion of foreign exhibitors has reached 50 percent for the first time in history. Companies arrived from 35 countries; those most represented included Germany, China and Slovakia. Foreign visitors came from more than 50 countries and their share in total attendance exceeded 10 per cent. Beside China, numerous government and business delegations came to the fair from India, Russia, Belarus and, of course, from Slovakia.
This year’s MSV 2016 Partner Country, China, paid particular attention to its presentation. The two "Chinese" pavilions and other stands contained presentations of some 150 leading Chinese companies. Visitors were surprised by the spectacular layout of the China pavilion, which was dominated by an exhibition of China Railway, Shanghai, CMEC, Zhejiang Province, and others. Official exhibitions were also opened by Korea, India, France, Germany, Slovakia, Russia and other countries.
MSV 2016 was again an important meeting place for politics and business. On the first day, the fair was attended by almost all top government officials - president Milos Zeman, chairman of the Czech Senate Milan Stech and Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Andrej Babis and other ministers of the Czech Government, Minister of Economy of the Slovak Republic Ziga, governors of Czech regions, ambassadors, senators and MPs, university rectors and representatives of professional associations from the Czech Republic and abroad.
MSV 2016 also included industry-specific specialized trade fairs: International Exhibition of Machine Tools IMT, the International Foundry Fair FOND-EX, the International Welding Engineering Fair WELDING, International Plastics, Rubber and Composites PLASTEX and the International Fair of Surface Technology PROFINTECH. The highlight of the fair, the biennial AUTOMATION project, focused on measuring, control, automation and control equipment; attention was also attracted by topical exhibitions devoted to progressive fields of robotics, 3D printing, trends in multifunction machining and packaging.
Entered exhibits competed for the coveted Gold Medal. A committee awarded six major awards, were given to products by Xi'an Shaangu Power (China), Tajmac-ZPS, NenoVision, KUKA Roboter, LA composite and MEPAC CZ.
Very rich supporting programme took place in all the congress halls of the Brno Exhibition Centre. The most significant events included the Assembly of the Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic, Czech-Saxon Engineering Workshop 4.0, Czech-Chinese forum on trade and business cooperation and a b2fair meeting Contact - Contract. Professional conferences focused on current topics such as Industry 4.0, 3D printing, energy efficiency and the promotion of technical education. Among the events aimed at promoting exports, greatest interest was in attending the Business Days of the Russian Federation and Belarus, the Czech-Indian and Czech-Korean business forum, a presentation of Japanese robotics, CzechTrade Meeting point and a presentation of Iran as a prospective business partner.
During the first four days, the Press Centre accredited 378 media representatives from nine countries. The number of foreign journalists reached 72, for example from Argentina, Belarus, Finland, Hungary, Poland, Austria, Russia and Slovakia.
The 59th International Engineering Fair will be held jointly with the Transport and Logistics Fair on 9 to 13 October 2017.
Quotes about the fair
that there are 150 Chinese exhibitors and about 500 Chinese guests at this
trade fair opens a new phase in cooperation between the two countries.
Miloš Zeman, the president of the Czech Republic
For a man who comes from engineering, it is a
balm to the soul when one can visit such a wonderful fair.
Milan Štěch, Chairman of the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic
I am proud
that we have this beautiful Exhibition Centre in Brno and the wonderful
tradition of the International Engineering Fair, which developed into one of
the most important fairs in Europe and possibly in the world.
Bohuslav Sobotka, Prime Minister of the CR
fair cannot exist without a strong domestic industry. If there were no industry
in this country, there would not be this fair.
Jiří Kuliš, CEO of Brno Trade Fairs (at the Assembly SPD CR)
participation presents 150 companies representing all major sectors of Chinese
industry. There are leading Chinese industrial companies and the exhibition
demonstrates a great interest of China in cooperating. We are presenting our
highly advanced products and latest technologies for industrial development
here, which will certainly contribute to further cooperation between the two
countries as it has been growing at a rapid pace recently.
Jiang Zengwei, chairman of CCPIT, the Chinese Council for the Promotion of International Trade
Our idea is
that China produces billions of cheap socks and toys. But China is a modern
country with modern infrastructure. You prepared the "China Expo",
which shows that China is on the right track from Made in China again to
Invented in China.
Jiří Kuliš, CEO of Brno Trade Fairs (speech at the official opening of the China Pavilion)
It is the
first time that China participates in MSV as a partner country. It is a
historical moment for the Czech-Chinese relations and an opportunity for the
development of concrete cooperation and trade ties. Chinese industry is
developing at a dynamic pace, which offers Czech technologically advanced and
competitive companies multiple opportunities for business, and MSV is an
excellent platform to develop cooperation.
Cheng Yongru, economic and commercial counsellor of the Embassy of the PRC in the CR
I am glad
that this trade fair gives a positive signal about the Czech economy and that
Industry 4.0 is again the theme of the fair.
Jan Mládek, Minister of Industry and Trade
Let me congratulate the Brno Fairs to an extremely
successful fair. It is about the twentieth fair that I participated in and I
think this one was one of the best.
Vladimír Dlouhý, President of the Czech Chamber of Commerce
One can see that the fair makes sense, you are doing
well and you have something to exhibit.
Petr Vokřál, Mayor of the City of Brno
At the Assembly we have expressed an ambition to be
among the 20 most competitive countries of the world. Dear Prime Minister, I am
glad that your text says that the industry is thriving, which this fair has
Jaroslav Hanák, President of the Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic (at the official opening of MSV)
The trade fair has not been endangered by the Internet
in recent years, but the economic depression. Trade fairs have been around for
a hundred years and they will be here for another hundred years. People still
need to meet, get to know each other and do business face to face.
Jiří Kuliš, CEO of Brno Trade Fairs (at the official opening of MSV)
For industry and engineering, MSV is something like
the Karlovy Vary festival for the film industry. Thanks to all those who
exhibited here, we value them like movie stars.
Vladimír Bärtl, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade
This year's MSV in Brno
surprised me the most by the high number of exhibitors, the design and
technical level of individual exhibitions as well as focus on key themes of the
Industry 4.0 campaign. I would also like to appreciate the interest of the
highest state officials of the Czech Republic in the issues of engineering.
Filip Geerts, Director General of the European Association of Machine Tool Builders
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