On 28 February 2017 Expocentre Fairgrounds opened its doors to the 12th edition of the Photonics. World of Lasers and Optics International Exhibition for Laser, Optical and Optoelectronic Technologies. The show is organized jointly by Expocentre AO and the Laser Association with support from the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade, the State Committee on Science and Technology of the Republic of Belarus, and under auspices of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Photonics. World of Lasers and Optics is an important event for both Russian and foreign photonics industry. It bears the UFI and RUEF labels. This year the show welcomes more than 130 companies from 13 countries. Manufacturers from Germany and China exhibit at their respective national pavilions. This year’s newcomer is the Republic of Armenia, a member of the Eurasian Economic Union.
Vice President of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Dmitry Kurochkin took part in an official opening ceremony. In his speech he said, “The laser and optical equipment and technology play an important part in modernization of the Russian manufacturing industries. The laser materials processing is one of the most high-performance and promising technological processes used in IT, defense, airspace, automotive, energy, medicine and other industries.”
The opening ceremony was also attended by deputy director of a department of the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade Dmitry Kapranov, President of the Hubei Province Laser Association (China) Zhu Xiao, and Deputy General Director of Expocentre AO Mikhail Tolkachev.