The anniversary edition of Interlakokraska generates interest among industry professionals
The 25th edition of the International Exhibition for Paints and Coatings – Interlakokraska 2021 – has opened at EXPOCENTRE Fairgrounds.
Interlakokraska has a quarter-century history. Every year, it brings together paint and coating manufacturers as well as representatives of companies representing the construction, chemical, woodworking, furniture, automotive, aircraft construction and shipbuilding industries.
The show’s project head Natalia Skuratova congratulated the exhibitors and visitors on the anniversary and said, “This year, both we, the organisers, and you, the participants, moved together towards each other because we are all convinced that nothing can replace face-to-face networking. No zoom can replace looking into each other's eyes.” The organisers offered the participants sweet gifts to mark the anniversary.
This year, Interlakokraska welcomes about 100 companies from Belarus, China, Germany, Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine. Foreign companies are represented by their Russian dealers.
There is no doubt that professionals will also be interested in the show’s conference programme. It was opened today with the Workshop on the Analysis of the Current State of Russian Export of Paints and Coatings, Promising Niches for Import Substitution and Export Development.
Zhanna Martynova, CEO and founder of VladVneshService, Member of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Committee on Foreign Economic Activities, had a presentation devoted to the dynamics of Russian paint and coating exports, the structure of exports by main commodity groups, promising export niches, and paint and coating import issues.
Analyzing the market situation in 2020, Zhanna Martynova underlined that a 4% drop in demand for paints and coatings compared to 2019, against the background of an overall decline in export demand (-21%) does not look really bad. Ukraine and Uzbekistan are now among the countries where demand for paints and coatings is growing. The demand has fallen significantly in India and Turkey.
According to Ms. Martynova, the main growth points for Russian exports are art paints and finished pigments, and glass silencers. Malaysia, Turkey and Thailand are among the countries which increased imports of enamels and vitreous glazes last year.
Looking at the structure of Russian paint and varnish exports, the speaker highlighted the most promising commodity groups that showed some growth: art paints, organic paints and sealants, mastics and paint fillers. "Very narrow niches have shown a leap, and this is already a very positive sign for our industry", stressed Zhanna Martynova.
Interlakokraska 2021 will run till March 5.
Press Service, EXPOCENTRE AO