Over the years the exhibition has acquired a high international status and deserved recognition as the leading innovative project in Russia and Eastern Europe demonstrating the achievements and capabilities of modern laser equipment, optoelectronics and optic tool engineering. Photonics has been awarded an honorary title of Russia's Best Exhibition in the Optic Industry. Lasers nomination.
This edition is 23% broader as compared with the previous year. It hosts more than 180 companies from 14 countries,Mikhail Tolkachev, Deputy General Director of Expocentre said at the opening ceremony. He also emphasized the success of domestic companies whose number has reached 140 this year.
Mikhail Tolkachev said that Photonics 2018 was arranged and held by Expocentre jointly with the Laser Association and thanked the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the State Committee on Science and Technology of the Republic of Belarus, and the EPIC Consortium for support and assistance in organization of this exhibition.
The State Duma has established the Advisory Board on Photonics for the first time ever showing its strong concern about this industry, Andrey Vetluzhskikh, the Board chairman and member of the Economic Policy, Industry, Innovative Development and Entrepreneurship Committee of the Russian State Duma told the guests. He called it one of the most competitive industries in Russia today and stressed high importance of the Photonics exhibition in this regard. He expects it to be visited by at least eight thousand people from enterprises and organizations which apply photonic technologies, many of them will conclude contracts. "This fact points to the highest level and professionalism of the exhibition organizers", the deputy said.
According to Director of the field-oriented department of the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade Dmitry Kapranov, Photonics is one of the world's key trade shows. He acknowledged the excellent work done by its organizers.
Ivan Kovsh, President of the Russian Laser Association says that Photonics is broadly recognized today as a driver of innovative economic development. The pace of its progress in our country demonstrates successful development of the domestic economy in general, he believes. "Many exhibitors of Photonics write to us that it is the venue where they secure up to 80% of their annual orders. I'd like to appreciate tremendous efforts of Expocentre in dealing with exhibitors and arranging the trade show", the President said.
The opening ceremony participants also emphasized an extensive event program of the exhibition. It includes the Photonics Task Team meeting under the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Photonics Technology Platform congress and conference, the Laser Association congress, and other important events.
The Russian Laser Association will also announce the results of the competition for the best domestic photonics project. For the first time ever the exhibition will host the WorldSkills Russia Championship in Laser Technologies.
Congratulations on the opening of Photonics 2018 were also expressed by Alexander Lomachenko, Deputy Director of the Department for work with business associations of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Carlos Lee, Director General of the European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC), and Prof. Zhu Xiao, President of the Hubei Province Laser Association (China).