The ninth PetroCem Conference and Exhibition opened its doors on Monday when Russia's cement industry and more than 500 international delegates met for discussions in St Petersburg for the first of a two-day meeting.
Journal Cement editor and conference organiser, Mila German opened proceedings and was pleased to see how the event had grown since the first PertoCem conference in 2000.
While the Russian cement sector is facing somewhat of a crisis, Mila German said, "the cement sector is in better shape than other sectors."
The event organiser suggested that the domestic cement industry is facing a turbulent time and is not attracting enough new competitors, but it is working on improving standards and maintaining plants, while also targeting investments for existing capacity and reducing production costs.
Invited guests heard prominent speeches from II Shikalov, of the Construction Committee of St Petersburg Government and I A Chigir, from Russia's Ministry of Trade and Industry who spoke on the development of the construction materials industry for the period up to 2020 and further prospects until 2030.
The event continues today with more presentations and an exhibition supporting more than 50 companies from Russia and overseas.