Khimia 2021 focuses on innovation
Expocentre Fairgrounds hosted the official opening of the 24th International Exhibition for the Chemical Industry and Science Khimia 2021 and the 9th Moscow International Chemical Forum.
The ceremony was attended by Viktor Ivanov, President of the Russian Chemists Union, Dmitry Kurochkin, Vice-President of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Genady Shmal, President of the Union of Oil and Gas Producers of Russia, Pavel Filatkin, representative of the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade, Ilya Vorotyntsev, Acting Rector of the Mendeleev Russian Chemical Technology University, and Alexey Vyalkin, Director General of EXPOCENTRE AO.
Victor Ivanov reminded that the Khimia exhibition was the oldest and the first international exhibition in the Soviet Union to be held for almost 60 years. And since then it has not lost its importance for the industry.
Dmitry Kurochkin noted that the times when we exported raw materials and then bought the final product from the same raw materials abroad were passing away. Today the situation is gradually changing. The domestic chemical industry is developing.
Genady Shmal said that a lot has been done in the field of chemistry and petrochemistry in recent years. We have a great history, good traditions, but we still have a lot of work to do in order for our chemical industry to develop properly.
Pavel Filatkin read out the welcome address to the Khimia exhibition and the Moscow International Chemical Forum from the top management of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation.
Ilya Vorotyntsev expressed his hope that university graduates would be able to get decent jobs and decent remuneration in domestic companies of the chemical industry.
Alexey Vyalkin thanked the attendees for choosing Expocentre Fairgrounds as a platform for resolving industry issues and promised that EXPOCENTRE’s staff would do their best to ensure that the participants work effectively and efficiently.
A special focus of the Khimia 2021 exhibition is on innovation and high-tech. The StartUp Chemzone, a zone for small innovative enterprises, has become a convenient tool for the presentation of innovative solutions. This year nine companies are demonstrating their developments to a wide range of potential investors and major market players.
Producers from Russia's regions - Kaluga, Kirov, Leningrad, Tula, Yaroslavl regions, and Stavropol Territory - take pride of place at the exhibition. Thanks to business support centres and state support measures, companies have the opportunity to present their products at the highest international level.
The centerpiece of the Khimia 2021 conference programme is the 9th Moscow International Chemical Forum, which brings together leading chemical and petrochemical companies, manufacturers and suppliers, government officials, and representatives from academia and the expert community.
The exhibition runs until 27 October.
Press Service, EXPOCENTRE AO