First Exporail Russia draws visitors from 29 countries
More than 1,800 industry professionals from 29 countries visited Exporail 2006, the first in a planned annual series of international exhibitions of railway systems and technology held at Moscow’s Expocentre from 1-3 November 2006. As well as attracting visitors from Russia, the Baltic states, CIS countries and Europe, the show also drew engineers and decision-makers from Asia, Australia, Latin America, Canada and the US.
Organised with the support of Russian Railways (OAO RZD), the event provided a showcase for the latest and best in railway infrastructure, rolling stock and supporting equipment and services. More than 140 exhibitors from 15 countries participated in the exhibition. They included leading international firms such as Alcatel, Alstom Transport, Ansaldo STS, Bombardier Transportation, GE Transportation, the GSM-R Industry Group and Siemens Transportation Systems, as well as many prominent global suppliers of rail industry needs that range from track maintenance equipment to vehicle air-conditioning systems.
Also prominent at Exporail 2006 were leading Russian companies, among them the Transmashholding group of rail vehicle manufacturers, the Stahanovsky rolling stock plant and Kalugaputmash, supplier of track maintenance machinery. Overall reaction by exhibitors to visitor quality and numbers as well as to the organisation of the show was positive.
According to OAO RZD President Vladimir Yakunin, who opened the exhibition, Exporail 2006 promised to contribute to Russia’s harmonious entry into the world transport community and would help create favourable conditions for cooperation between both domestic and foreign suppliers. In particular, strong participation by European companies was seen as offering a unique opportunity to learn more about the latest technology and services in use elsewhere in the world.
The next Exporail will take place from 27-29 November 2007 again at Expocentre, Moscow.