subscribe to news Sergey Bednov speaks at Italian-Russian trade conference in Milan


Expocentre Director General and Chairman of the Russian Chamber of Commerce ad Industry Committee for Exhibition, Fair and Convention Activity Sergey Bednov delivered a speech at a business panel held during the conference “Italy-Russia: Trade and Investment Cooperation Prospects” in Milan, Italy, today. He spoke about participation of Italian companies in international trade shows held by Expocentre and the efficiency of such participation from the angle of promoting and developing their business in Russia.


According to Mr Bednov, participation of Italian companies in international shows held by Expocentre has been steadily on the rise since 2015. Italian companies have been most active in such exhibitions as Agroprodmash (food processing), Prodexpo (food and beverages), Metalloobrabotka (metalworking), Obuv. Mir Kozhi (shoes and leather products), Lesdrevmash (logging and woodworking), Mir Stekla (glass manufacturing and glass products), and some others.


For instance, Italy is number one partner of Prodexpo, a leading international exhibition for food, beverages and food raw materials. The number of Prodexpo’s Italian exhibitors nearly doubled from 2015 to 2019 to 76, and their exhibition space expanded to almost 1,000 square meters. Also, the exhibition space of Italian companies has more than doubled in that period at the Metalloobrabotka exhibition for equipment, instruments and tools for the metalworking industry to 1,600 square meters in 2019. As many as 238 Italian companies, or 69% of all exhibitors, took part in Obuv. Mir Kozhi 2019 exhibitions, the events held every spring and fall. They occupied 75% of all exhibition space.

Bednov also highlighted such exhibitions as MedTravelExpo. Medical Clinics, Health and Spa Resorts, Inlegmash (textile and garment industry), Svyaz (telecommunications), Mir Detstva (goods for children), CJF Child and Junior Fashion, Tires and Rubber, Interlakokraska (paints and coatings), Khimia (chemistry), the new RENWEX international exhibition for renewable energy and electric vehicles, which was launched last year, and some other shows, which, in his words, offer a solid prospective to Italian businessmen.


“We are counting on a certain increase in Italian participation in Expocentre’s trade shows in 2020 and subsequent years. After all, every professional area of Expocentre’s exhibitions carries a potential that could be used by Italian business in the Russian market,” said Mr Bednov.  


Press Service, Expocentre AO