Totals of TransCaspian 201212.07.2012 14:04
TransCaspian 2012, the 11th International Transport, Transit & Logistics Exhibition, took place from 13 to 15 June at the Baku Expo Centre. The event attracted a huge number of professional visitors and once again reflected the development of transport infrastructure and the freight industry as a whole.
The Minister of Transport Ziya Mammadov, a regular at the event, used his welcome speech to underline the importance of such exhibitions, speaking of TransCaspian’s relevance in light of key state programmes taking place at the present time. “TransCaspian being a part of the exhibition calendar is a sign of the growing interest in Azerbaijan’s transport sector,” he said. “Integrating Azerbaijan into the global system is sure to bear fruit, and this already well-established event is further proof of this development.”
This year, over 70 companies from 15 countries exhibited, with the exhibition’s floor space growing by 30%. Around 40% of exhibiting companies were newcomers to the event, representing countries such as Azerbaijan, Germany, Georgia, Italy, Latvia, the UAE, Poland, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, France, and the Czech Republic. Croatian companies exhibited for the first time, and for the second year running the exhibition featured a Latvian national pavilion.
A great number of exhibitors have showcased their products for many years at the event, demonstrating the interest shown in strengthening their positions in Azerbaijan’s market. The three days of the event went by in a busy schedule of meetings, with products and services being showcased by some and being examined and used by others. Exhibitors reported an average of six to seven business meetings per day at their stands.
Rail transport was a theme that ran through the exhibition. La Falco, the Italian manufacturers of railway machinery, presented modernisation projects for electrified lines; Transmashholding showcased new global-standard metro carriages; Promelectronika and Alstom offered full railway modernisation solutions; and Siemens and ATEF told exhibitors about their electrification project for the Baku-Tbilisi line. The Ukrainian State Transport-Logistics Centre also held a series of meetings with Azerbaijan Railways on the prospects for sharing experience between the two countries.
The Baku International Sea Trade Port, which will open in 2015 with a yearly freight capacity of up to 30 million tonnes, exhibited at the event, as did a range of ports on the Baltic and Black Seas such as the Ports of Poti, Batumi, and Liepāja and the Free Port of Ventspils.
With companies such as BTG, RusAgroTrans, and SDS-Mash among them, this year’s newcomers made the most of their presence at the exhibition, presenting their goods and services and grabbing the attention of the visitors. Latvia and Croatia’s national stands also featured major producers, repairers of rolling stock and locomotives, and sea, river and rail freight companies.
Several key Government bodies took part alongside the commercial companies, including Azerbaijan Railways, the Azerbaijan State Caspian Sea Shipping Company, the State Road Transport Service of Azerbaijan Republic, and the Baku Metro.
All this contributed to TransCaspian 2012 being an important international platform for ideas and experience to be exchanged between professionals and key figures from ports, airports, stations, road and air transport companies, and producers of equipment and machinery for the industry. The event without a doubt has played a key role in expanding global cooperation in the transport sector.
TransCaspian 2012 is organised by Iteca Caspian and ITE Group plc. Every year, the event is supported by the Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Azerbaijan, and TRASEKA actively cooperates in its organisation. The event is sponsored by Azerfon LLC, AZAL, Greenwich Travel Club, Hilton Baku, and Hotel Kavkaz Point.