The events set new records in the number of participants and the total exhibition area, proving that exhibitions are becoming more relevant and important for Kazakhstani and international business.

This year, the exhibitions covered three pavilions and an street exposition, and the total area exceeded 12.4 thousand square meters - this is 50% more than in 2022. 579 exhibitors from 26 countries presented their stands.

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Of these, 351 companies are participants in the KazBuild construction and interior exhibition from countries such as Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Germany, Greece, Iran, India, Spain, Italy, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Poland, Portugal, Latvia, UAE, Russia, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Finland, France and South Korea. They presented visitors with their latest developments in the fields of building materials and equipment, finishing materials and interior solutions, window and profile technologies, as well as ceramics and stone.

The Aquatherm Almaty 2023 international exhibition of household and industrial equipment for heating, water supply, plumbing, air conditioning, ventilation also set a new record for the number of participants. 228 companies from Azerbaijan, the Republic of Belarus, Germany, Italy, Iran, Kazakhstan, China, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, France, the Czech Republic and South Korea presented their stands. Here, exhibitors showed climate and heating equipment, pipes and fittings, pumps, ceramic bathroom fittings and other products related to water and heat supply and ventilation.

It should be noted that 147 companies - a quarter of all participants - are present as exhibitors at the exhibitions for the first time. At the same time, 80% of all participants are foreign companies, which indicates the growing interest of foreign enterprises in the Kazakhstani market.

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Many companies perform under unified national stands of their states. For the 21st year in a row, manufacturers from Germany presented a large stand, and companies from the UAE and Turkey presented the National Group. Also, Spain, China and 17 regions of Russia are represented by large-scale collective stands.

As is tradition, the exhibitions opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony. It was attended by Bakhytzhan Zhunisbekov, the Deputy Chairman of the Committee for Construction, Housing and Communal Services of the Ministry of Industry and Construction, Mukhamed Andakov, the Deputy Chairman of the Committee for Industrial Development of the Ministry of Industry and Construction and Boris Danilenko, the Director of Iteca.

 “The construction industry in Kazakhstan has been developing intensively over the past few years, which contributes to the growth in the production of a variety of building materials and construction volumes. In the near future alone, 69 construction projects are planned to be implemented in the southern capital. Of course, exhibition activities for the construction industry are a reliable support to keep abreast of current realities, analyze the current state of affairs in the industry and effectively build communications between participants in the construction market”, noted Bakhytzhan Zhunisbekov in his welcoming speech.

The KazBuild 2023 and Aquatherm Almaty 2023 exhibitions provide businesses with a unique opportunity to establish new business connections, exchange experiences with partners, and get acquainted with innovations and trends in their industries.

One of the features of the exhibitions this year was the holding of a plenary session. Representatives of the government apparatus and industry associations and unions took part in it, and the central line of dialogue was the topic: Digital technologies and legislation in the design and construction industry. Forecasts and readiness of the market for the mandatory implementation of BIM. The speakers discussed innovations in the construction industry, the current level of use of BIM technologies in the industry, as well as the adaptation of legislation to the use of modern technologies.

The business program also included educational master classes and presentations from exhibitors. For example, the exhibition platform hosted the opening of the anniversary Design Fest 5.0 - a single business platform for designers from all over Kazakhstan. The partner was the Professional TANU Association. Two conference halls located in the pavilions were filled with listeners during all three exhibition days.

In addition, as part of the expo events, the first Installer Championship - Tekhnar PRO Kazakhstan 2023 was held. This is a competition of professional skills in sanitary systems, organized jointly with Tekhnar Training Center LLC.

Another important innovation was the launch of ITECA.EVENTS mobile application. Its main task is to create business communications between visitors and participants of the exhibition. Using this service, it is possible to schedule meetings with potential customers, view the list of participants and products and services presented at the exhibition, collect a contact database based on the results of meetings, and view individual personalized recommendations created by artificial intelligence based on the completed data.

Many companies that previously presented stands at the KazBuild and Aquatherm Almaty exhibitions are participating again. Roman Poznyakovsky from Klivet LLC says that his company has already taken part in Aquatherm Almaty in 2022.

 “Last year we presented ourselves here only as part of a conference with a small report. And in this year we decided to make a stand, and the exhibition justifies itself one hundred percent. We have already collected a large number of new acquaintances, new companies and there are already interesting projects. We also plan to participate next year”, says Roman Poznyakovsky.

According to him, exhibitions often bring many additional customers, and this can lead to entering new markets and participating in new interesting projects. Similarly, for the second time, Bastau Almaty is also participating in the KazBuild exhibition. Andrey Yegai, its director, says that participation in expo events is a “good experience” that allowed to meet many partners, dealers and new customers.

 “This is a platform where we met a lot of partners and friends. Next year we are definitely planning to participate in KazBuild. We have already booked and taken an even larger space where we will exhibit our products. We will try to surprise customers with our stand”, notes Andrey Yegai.

Next year, we note, the 30th anniversary KazBuild exhibition will be held. And many companies participating in the current event are already booking space for the next one - 76.74% of the total number of participants. This reflects the interest of entrepreneurs in exhibitions as an integral part of their business.

The KazBuild 2023 and Aquatherm Almaty 2023 exhibitions are organized by Iteca Kazakhstan Exhibition Company and its international partner - ICA Events Group of Companies. The event was supported by the Ministry of Industry and Construction of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Committee for Construction and Housing and Communal Services of the Ministry of Industry and Construction of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Industrial Development Committee of the Ministry of Industry and Construction of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Akimat of Almaty city, Gosexpertiza RSE, Kazakh Research and Design Institute of Construction and Architecture JSC, KAZGOR Design Academy, the Union of Architects of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the National Association of Designers of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Professional Tanu Association.

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