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4.-7.10. 2022

International Engineering Fair

President and Prime Minister opened the trade fair


The opening ceremony of the 59th International Engineering Fair was attended by the highest representatives of the state and other distinguished guests. All of them appreciated the high participation of companies – particularly all 1610 exhibitors from 32 countries – and the quality of the exhibits presented. Six of them won the MSV Gold Medal 2017.

Even the Rotunda of Hall A with 400 seats was not large enough for all those interested in the opening ceremony of the International Engineering Fair this year. The evening was in the spirit of Indian partnership and robotics as the main theme. The moderator Daniela Písařovicová gradually invited a number of important guests to the speaker's stand and they shared their opinions with the audience not only on this year's 59th MSV.

Petr Vokřál, Mayor of the City of Brno:

For many reasons, I am very glad that I have the opportunity to be here with you today, and one of the reasons is that two years ago, we had the opportunity as a city to take over shares in this company, and I am very glad that this decision appears to have been the right one. I am particularly delighted that the economic interests of the city are increasingly interconnected with the trade fairs and the company can host such a trade fair as the 59th MSV today. There are 1600 exhibitors from many countries and we can see that our economy is doing well. I have to say that this also reflects on the economy of the city, for which I would like to thank you all, but especially the economy.

Henry Ford said that success will come if we can look at things not only with our eyes but also with the eyes of the others. I think the International Engineering Fair allows us to look at things from different angles and I firmly believe that it will bring you successful business as well. For us as a city, it is a tremendous honour that India as one of the fastest growing economies has become this fair’s partner country. I firmly believe that Brno can offer you the "ambience" you can enjoy not only at the Brno Exhibition Centre, but also in the city itself.

Bohumil Šimek, Governor of the South Moravian Region:

South Moravia is an industrial and engineering region; it also has science, research, innovation. And I have to say quite immodestly that South Moravia is the economic driver of the Czech Republic. I am very pleased about this and together with Mr. Mayor and the Brno Exhibition Centre we will do our best to make the exhibitors of this year’s edition happy because whoever comes to South Moravia is always very happy to come back. I believe that next year, when the 60th International Engineering Fair will be held, even more exhibitors will arrive than this year.

Jiří Havlíček, Minister of Industry and Trade:

When the International Engineering Fair had its premiere in 1959, the lone side of the Moon was photographed for the first time, Jaroslav Heyrovsky received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, and Dwight D. Eisenhower was the President of the United States. In the same year, the tradition of this exceptional event was established, thanks to which we now have the opportunity to present Czech skills, inventiveness and modern trends in mechanical engineering, which are the pride of Czech industry today. The world around us has changed greatly over the past sixty years. The degree of today's globalization would probably be hard to grasp for those industrialists then. Thanks to information technology, we have the opportunity to hold a conference call with a business partner, for example, from India, the partner country of this year's International Engineering Fair, which, among other things, has also made a huge leap forward with us and the world. Thanks to its active approach, India is a leader in a number of disciplines that can be inspiring for us today.

Bohuslav Sobotka, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic:

As Prime Minister, I am pleased that we are meeting at a time when the Czech Republic is prospering, the economy is growing and unemployment is declining. Industry is growing, exports are rising, public finances are improving, and our country is one of the safest in the world. Although we do not know the future exactly, the big challenges that we have to face here in the Czech Republic are also estimated. It is certainly not a coincidence that this trade fair is focused on digitization, robotization and automation, because we really are experiencing great technological changes; at the moment we are experiencing them and touching the future, as one of the slogans we could see in the presentation said. I would very much like this fair to contribute to achieving this major technological change. Our country has historically been linked to a strong industrial tradition, today we belong to the industrial core of Europe, and I firmly believe that our industry will remain competitive in the years to come. Such events can significantly contribute to it, precisely because we keep in touch with the world, with the latest trends and modern technologies, and all this can not only be an inspiration but rather also a chance for further development, growth and export.

Miloš Zeman, the president of the Czech Republic:

I think we should perceive industry 4.0 not as an advertising slogan, but as a thorough reflection on the robotics of our industry. I myself recently visited a Škoda Auto factory in Vrchlabí, which produces transmissions. What I saw there was not automation, but robotisation, including a forklift truck, which might have looked like a promotion item, but it was not; and it worked without a human operator, but what was more important is that the robots in most cases replaced human work. I remembered, friends, the time when I was young and stately and when I was reading Ivan Havel's book on robotics about 40 years ago. How long it took for this theme to move from books to reality. He also wrote about artificial intelligence, and sometimes I would like the theme of artificial intelligence to be transformed into practice with some unnamed people.

But that is a somewhat different theme and I will not focus on it now. I can only tell you that, as an expression of respect for one of the founders of robotics in our country, I have decided to award him with the state honours on 28 October this year.

Vladimír Dlouhý, President of the Chamber of Commerce of the Czech Republic:

Let us not perceive robotics and Industry 4.0 as slogans. Let us do our best to make sure that they are not only a means of drawing European or other money for research projects, the activities of the ministries themselves or even of the Chamber of Commerce itself. Let's really look for what can be found under the Industry 4.0 and robotics slogan; and it should not only concern some of the big selected companies, it should attract especially small and medium-sized businesses to get them higher in the supply chain and to have more and more quality products with a much higher value added, because only then we can extend the optimism we should be aware of. And only them we can, after all, achieve this goal, which was mentioned here by President Zeman at the end of his speech - to raise wages on the basis of real growth in labour productivity, not just administrative pressure, and ultimately to increase our country's standard of living.

Karel Havlíček, Chairman of the Czech Association of Small and Medium Enterprises and Tradesmen:

We have been sitting in ‘Europe Express’ for a long time in the first-class carriage, and I would very much wish we would not just enjoy it, but rather appreciate it. Because if we only enjoy ourselves, we will spend, and when we spend it, we will go very quickly back to second class. If we keep our position – and getting into first class is a demanding – but remaining there is far more challenging, and so we will have to invest. Here we are at the meeting of industrialists and investments always belonged here and always will. That means: do not spend in operation, look at the future and invest in it. Let us appreciate that we are in the first class and a let’s whine a little less. I can promise on behalf of the tradesmen that we will be more self-confident and will show the world that we deserve to be in that first class. I believe that when we meet here in a year’s time, we will again be where we are today.

Jaroslav Hanák, President of the Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic:

A few hours ago, we had a traditional event in this hall that opens the International Engineering Fair – the Confederation of Industry Assembly. The prime minister and his ministers have listened to our comments on the development of the economy over the last four years. I thanked them for cooperation in the field of social dialogue and export promotion, as well as for the work of finance ministers. I am glad that the economy is growing, and I am glad and proud of the fact that the Czech Republic is the first in the European Union with the lowest unemployment rate. The other side of the coin is that I am not happy when we miss over 200 000 workers in industry, commerce, transport, logistics, and government. This is not good news and I informed the Prime Minister that we are not satisfied with the evolution of the labour market. We are also not satisfied with the development of digitization. The situation in construction of transport infrastructure is quite tragic; 35 km of motorways in four years is probably the worst result of Czech governments since 1993. But I believe that all the politicians who were there have been listening, as were those who are flocking to the Chamber of Deputies or the government after the elections. I believe they understood what we want for the entrepreneurs who are feeding this country, for employers, entrepreneurs and tradesmen. We want to be among the top 20 most successful and best countries in the world. During the ‘First Republic’, we have been the tenth; let us do everything now to be in the top twenty. We entrepreneurs, employers and tradesmen are up to it, and I personally feel we can make it.

Jiří Kuliš, CEO, the Brno Exhibition Centre:

Thank you for accepting the invitation of the Brno Exhibition Centre and mine to this evening. Thank you first of all to all exhibitors who have brought your wonderful exhibits. This is not a Czech industry but a global industry. This is not a Czech fair; it is an international and truly global fair, as you can see in Hannover or somewhere in America. And thank you for that, because you have brought here the very best that you have.

Date: 10 Oct 2017 09:00:00

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