February 27, 2015
Major Expo Kicks off in Tashkent
In what has become a tradition, the expo season on Uzbekistan’s main exhibition platform, UzExpoCenter, kicks off with the country’s largest international expos dedicated to the construction and furniture industry as well as heating, ventilation and air-conditioning. This choice is quite symbolic because the beginning of a year is a perfect time to start thinking about new undertakings and launch engaging initiatives that determine the path of development for years to come.

Three exhibitions sharing the same platform at the same time have come as a good example of uniting three sectors that are developing in parallel, albeit in nascent stage. Today in order to cut the costs and universalize the construction of many residential buildings, industrial and social facilities, parameters are being set at designing stages not only in laying the framework, walls and the foundations, but also in providing the right furniture and modern systems of ventilation and air-conditioning.

Experts have noted that the implications of this exposition in the development of the real sector of the Uzbek economy cannot be overestimated. For example, UzbBuild, since its inception, has set the tone in the construction technologies, attracting top manufacturers specializing in equipment and construction materials and maintaining business dialog with local companies, heads of enterprises and those directly linked with construction work.

This year, the UzBuild-MebelExpoUzbekistan-Aqua-Therm Tashkent expo trio is packed into two pavilions and features 20 participating countries and around 180 companies and brands. The geography of exhibits is quite vast and diverse and is represented by Austria, Belarus, Germany, Iran, Spain, Italy, China, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, Turkey, Finland, Switzerland and, of course, Uzbekistan. This year the share of foreign participants stands at 75% while that of domestic participants is at 25%.

The simple explanation behind the intense interest in this exhibition project is the growth of the national economy and the volume of manufacturing and social construction. In 2014, domestic companies in the construction materials industry produced goods to the tune of over 4.5 trillion soums, with a 10.7-percent increase by 2013(currency rates of CB RU from 27.02.2015 1$= 2460.32 soums). The share of the sector in the general volume of industrial production in the Republic has reached 6.1%. Major industrial companies have increased production of marble, travertine and gypsum 2.2 times, bricks and building blocks from cement, concrete and granolith – 1.6 times, prefabricated elements and other items for buildings – by 12.6%, ceramic paving tiles and glazed facing ceramic tiles – by 7.1%. The production of cement and clinker has soared by 5.1% and 4.5% respectively.

“Today, the market of Uzbekistan is, perhaps, the region’s most interesting,” commented for Uzbekistan Today representative of the Chinese company Shandong Chambroad Holding Wang Te Ho. “Your country has been leading in new housing and transport infrastructure rates not only in Central Asia, but across the continent. That is why so many foreign companies tend to present their products, find new partners and clients in the Uzbek market. The preferences and privileges the Uzbek government is providing to foreign investors who intend to establish joint ventures here and produce the technology-savvy products, are particularly attractive. I believe the exhibitions will produce many similar intentions and initiatives.

Furniture manufacturers have been keeping up with the building industry. Over the past 12 years the MebelExpo Uzbekistan has been a unique event that provides a wide range of opportunities for manufacturers of furniture and accessories. The exhibition will introduce the visitors to all the know-how of the industry leaders, they will be able to explore the needs of the market, to meet with style and design experts, as well as offer their products to a broad audience. Today, it is not just an exhibition - for many domestic companies it has turned into a landmark event that promotes the image of a manufacturer, and, most importantly, draws the vector of development.

The number of domestic manufacturers of furniture and accessories has been growing with the years. Last year the domestic market was presented by 14 representatives, while in 2015 their number has reached 17. A busy agenda is another feature of this year. Experts, industrialists, designers and customers were able to discuss all the development trends in the industry at the specialized business forum on the Development of Furniture Industry in Uzbekistan.

The organizers estimate that within three days the exhibition will be visited by about 15,000 people. The event will be promoted by a new spin in the domestic exhibition industry: on the threshold of the exhibition the country’s export market has launched its first mobile application, which is available both for iOS and Android platforms. The benefits of the mobile application and useful information are already available for exhibitors and visitors. It offers related news, profiles of companies, a scheme of their location, opening hours of the exhibition, the opportunity to get a personal ticket to the exhibition, as well as online chat with industry experts.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)


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