On 28 February 2017 Expocentre Fairgrounds opened its doors to the 12th edition of the Photonics. World of Lasers and Optics International Exhibition for Laser, Optical and Optoelectronic Technologies. The show was organized by Expocentre AO and the Laser Association and supported by the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade, the State Committee on Science and Technology of the Republic of Belarus, and under auspices of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Photonics. World of Lasers and Optics is an important event for both Russian and foreign photonics industry. It bears the UFI and RUEF labels. This year the show welcomed more than 130 companies from 13 countries. Manufacturers from Germany and China showcased within national pavilions. This year a new country has added to the list of participating countries- the Republic of Armenia.
Vice President of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Dmitry Kurochkin took part in an official opening ceremony. In his speech he said, “The laser and optical equipment and technology play an important part in modernization of the Russian manufacturing industries. The laser materials processing is one of the most high-performance and promising technological processes used in IT, defense, airspace, automotive, energy, medicine and other industries.”
The opening ceremony was also attended by deputy director of a department of the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade Dmitry Kapranov, President of the Hubei Province Laser Association (China) Zhu Xiao, and Deputy Director General of Expocentre AO Mikhail Tolkachev.