Until the end of the week, the Celje Showground will live and breathe Industry. This year the main topic of the International Industry Fair is global industrial achievements. A significant number of internationally acknowledged exhibitors and the extensive offer of brands has attracted numerous professional visitors as well as those who are personally interested in these subjects.
The International Industry Fair, which is taking place in Celje, is the largest and most prominent fair in the fields of machine manufacturing and toolmaking, welding and cutting, materials and components and advanced technologies in SE Europe. Here are some numbers to illustrate the importance of the fair. At approximately 350 exhibition spaces, in 7 exhibition halls on 21,000 m2, over 900 brands are presented from 32 countries from around the world. Visitors can see over one hundred novelties that cannot be seen anywhere else.
“The fair will be more than interesting to say the least, and the visitors will be able to see the latest technologies on the global scale, thanks to the presence of a number of leading global brands. This fair offers countless opportunities to see machinery, devices, robots and other technology that cannot be seen in sellers’ stores and showrooms, as they are not manufactured to stock. It offers the opportunity to have direct conversations and acquire first-hand information from the manufacturers’ representatives,” said mag. Robert Otorepec, Executive Director of Celje Fair, at the opening ceremony. He wished all exhibitors, entrepreneurs and craftspeople a successful and fruitful fair.
The International Industry Fair was officially opened by Zdravko Počivalšek, Minister of Economic Development and Technologies, who emphasised the opportunities opened by the Industry Fair in Celje. “We are at a fair where one of the key topics is the metalworking and processing industry, which represents one third of turnover, one third of added value and one third of export of everything produced by the Slovenian processing industry. I am even more pleased by the fact that three quarters of everything that Slovenia produces in this industry is exported. We should be aware of the importance of industry. Exhibitors, take advantage of the fair to make new business contacts and create new business opportunities in the next few days. I think you should take advantage of the opportunity offered by the International Industry Fair and I believe you will manage to do so. The next opportunity won’t come sooner than in two years’ time,” the Minister reminded the exhibitors.
How important the industry is for Slovenia, was also emphasised by the President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia, Boštjan Gorjup: “Slovenia is one of the countries where industry is still the key motor of economic development. Especially outside of our biggest urban centre, Ljubljana, we are aware that without healthy industrial projects, the majority of economy comes to a standstill.” Although in the past years, Slovenia has dealt with a global and several local crises, the export increased, added value was tripled, and we are also witnessing a new investment wave, especially in new technologies, said Boštjan Gorjup, and added: “The challenges we are facing are actually new business opportunities. Slovenia is on a good way towards joining the most developed countries of Europe.”
Before the fair was officially opened, a traditional fair awards ceremony took place. The expert committee selected the best in the category of manufacturers and the category of representatives. From the hands of Minister Zdravko Počivalšek the bronze award in the category of manufacturers went to the company Inoteh d.o.o., the second award went to the company Kočevar d.o.o., and the committee was most impressed by the company Gorenje d.o.o., which received the golden award. Among representatives, the third place went to the company VSM ABRASIVES, silver went to the company Topomatika, and the golden award went to the company KMS.