The results of the recent construction, building, interiors and security industry exhibitions in Kyiv confirm that these sectors of Ukrainian business are still developing. Even within a difficult social and political environment, it was very much a case of business as usual.
KyivBuild 2014 was held as planned on March, 4-6 at the IEC in the Ukrainian capital. It was co-located with Intertool Kyiv (professional tools), KIPS (security solutions) and BuildTech (construction machinery).
The exhibitions were complemented by a full business programme. This included conferences about ferroconcrete, aerated concrete, construction ceramics, new building standards as well as a round-table meeting of construction machinery importers. The Association of Construction Materials and Manufacturers announced the results of a nationwide competition entitled ‘High Quality – Fair Price’. This attracted entries from more than 70 companies. Finally, more than 80 architects and designers attended the award ceremony of the National Union of Architects.
The business programme adds considerable value to KyivBuild because it attracts some of the industry’s most influential professionals, as did the inaugural CIP (Commercially Important Person) Programme. This helped to attract 62 of the industry’s most important buyers from 25 companies in Ukraine.
Feedback about the event was positive. The company Elios Strategy stated. “We’re fully satisfied with the exhibition and got new contacts. Comparing to other exhibitions, a more qualitative audience can be seen here. Many of construction companies visited our stand and the second and third days were the most active”.
A new exhibitor at KyivBuild, Kyzminsky Brickyard also enjoyed a successful event. “We liked the exhibition and got many new contacts, about 200. The audience has been increasing every day, we have been working hard. We’re ready to participate in KyivBuild 2015”.
Almost 250 companies promoted their products and services at KyivBuild 2014. The international participation remained strong, with National Groups from Germany, Greece and China and companies from Bulgaria, Great Britain, Spain, Italy, UAE, Poland and Portugal also present.
KyivBuild was the first of a busy spring season of trade events organised by Premier Expo. The organiser has no plans to alter its schedule but repeated its pledge to take the best possible advice in line with a commitment to the safety of its participants. Regional Director, Anatoly Sushon said. “The situation in Ukraine has been at the forefront of our attention in recent weeks and we continue to consult with customers, local government officials, embassies and our local staff to make sure that we uphold our principal of ‘safety first’. The transport infrastructure in Kyiv has been operating as normal and the area around the venue has been unaffected by protests and demonstrations. Life – and business – goes on. KyivBuild proved to a lot of people that, in spite of a challenging period in the country’s history, it’s business as usual for the majority of Ukrainians”.