At the cutting edge of the industry

Kazakhstan and Central Asia’s largest four-day building events, KazBuild 2012 and Aqua-Therm Almaty 2012, open today at the Atakent Exhibition Centre.

Both events are approved by UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, and organised by ITE Group plc, Iteca, GiMA and EUF.

The exhibitions are again based on their ever-present fundamental principles: offering a full reflection of the building industry’s development trends; a focus on innovative technology, materials and production; maintaining a high-level international status; and enhancing the events’ informative aspect through business events.

450 direct and indirect exhibitors from 25 countries are set to exhibit at the events, taking up 15,000 sqm of exhibition space. 75% of exhibitors are producers and manufacturers and around a third are from Kazakhstan, with Russia and Germany making up the top three. German companies will once again be exhibiting from a national stand, joining Greek, Italian, UAE and Finnish collective participations in a dedicated pavilion area for national stands, a new feature for the event. The UAE collective participation is organised with the support of Dubai Exports.

“Having secured its leading position, we are striving to improve the exhibitions and be at the forefront of topical issues for the industry,” explained Edward Strachan, Regional Director of ITE Group. “At KazBuild and Aqua-Therm Almaty we are focusing on a new professional community at the cutting edge of the industry who make up the core capital of the exhibitions. The introduction of new energy consumption regulations is considerably influencing building industry growth by causing the adoption of new technologies and materials. Advanced technologies, materials and production are a major part of the exhibitions - the “Goods, Brands, Technologies” competition will help showcase innovative construction solutions, and the symposium is dedicated to energy saving and energy-efficiency.”

Directly after the official opening ceremony, Pavilion 9 will host the “Goods, Brands, Technologies” competition, where a judging panel made up of building experts, engineers, architects, designers and representatives from Government bodies of the industry will assess 12 new developments from Germany, Kazakhstan, Russia and the USA. With accredited building specialists among the entrants, the winner will be chosen on 5 September and the results posted on

“The thematic focus of Aqua-Therm Almaty 2012 is extremely relevant at the present stage - technical processes need new solutions and more efficient technologies. For the first time at the exhibition, there will be an international symposium featuring German specialists and managers of the German Heating Association (BDH) and the German Air Conditioning and Ventilation Association (FGK),” said Yuri Borodikhin, Executive Director of Iteca.

A symposium entitled “Efficient Heating and Cooling Systems in Combination with Renewable Energies”, open to all, will be held on 5 September in Pavilion 11 of the Atakent Exhibition Centre. Presentations will be made on the following topics:

  • Air conditioning and cooling linked with renewables
  • European framework for efficiency in heating
  • Solar thermal systems with condensating boilers
  • Modern heating systems in new buildings and for modernisation
  • Energy-efficient systems in new buildings and for modernisation
  • The role of ventilation systems in new buildings and for modernisation
  • Practical examples for air conditioning and cooling systems
  • The effect of hydraulic balancing and pumps to improve the efficiency of heating systems

According to data from the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Kazakhstan for the first half of 2012, there was a 20.8% growth in housing construction, with 134bn tenge invested in construction to help build 2.4 million sqm of housing. Kazakhstan’s GDP has grown by 5.6%, with real income up by 11.8% and real wages by 11.5% from the start of the year. Inflation from January to June was 2.7%, down from 5.1% the year before. Investment in fixed assets grew by almost 6% from the start of the year, as did imports by 30% and exports by 18.4%, helping to give Kazakhstan a trade surplus of 17.4bn USD. Growth has been evident in industry, finance, and as a result of programmes such as the State Programme of Forced Industrial Innovation Development, Business Road Map 2020, Affordable Housing 2020, Ak Bulak, and programmes for single-industry towns.

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KazBuild and Aqua-Therm Almaty are officially supported by the Agency for Construction, Housing and Communal Services of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Almaty Mayoral Office and diplomatic missions of exhibiting countries.

The following 25 countries will be represented among the exhibitors: Austria, Belarus, Belgium, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iran, Italy, Kazakhstan, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, the UAE, the UK, Ukraine, the USA.

Next year’s editions of KazBuild and Aqua-Therm Almaty will take place from 3 to 6 September 2013.

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