The 10th international exhibition of elevators and lifting equipment, Russian Elevator Week, was held in two VDNH pavilions, Nos. 55 and 57, from 1 through 3 June. In an area of 7,000 square metres, products and services were presented by companies from ten countries around the world, with the exhibition attended by 3,600 industry representatives. Furthermore, the exhibition featured an award ceremony in which the best designs in vertical transport were awarded diplomas and a grand prix.
The main business event of Russia's elevator industry had an important anniversary this year. It is the tenth time that the Russian Elevator Week emerged as a venue for presenting the full range of modern lifting and transport equipment. It has also become an important place for discussing revelant topics and sharing professional experiences between industry experts from different countries. The exhibition was organised by VDNH and the National Elevator Association.
For three days, visitors to the Russian Elevator Week could see and test cutting-edge elevator models and innovative solutions. For example, Moslift presented an observation elevator with smart glass that changes transparency and a UV air filter that kills bacteria. The Sherbino Elevator Factory's booth showcased a prototype of gear-free, energy-efficient winch designed by the company in-house. This means that it won't be necessary to build additional utility floors in high rise apartment blocks. Euroliftmash presented a next-generation passenger elevator design and a premium designed elevator car.
German company Wittur showed off a pre-fabricated European elevator adapted for Russian elevator shafts, and Metallschneider showcased an elevator that allows for transporting goods without human supervision. Finally, Sweden's Yaskawa presented a cutting-edge welding robot used to manufacture elevators and in metal processing.
A key event in the business programme was the forum on the safety and accessibility of vertical transport in Russia. There was also a seminar on updated health and safety requirements in Russia, governing the performance of work on lifting equipment, a presentation by participants and a contest in vertical transport.
A professional jury selected laureates and winners in ten nominations. Recipients of the top prize included Mogilevliftmash in the categories Best Elevator and Best Replacement Solutions for Major Repairs of Apartment Blocks for a passenger elevator with swinging PVR-0410 doors. Scherbinsky Elevator Plant won first prize in the Modern Solutions in the Elevator Industry and Vertical Transport for their air disinfection system, while the Karacharovsky mechanical plant won the award for Best Solution for New Construction and Renovation of Buildings for its design of a tempered glass elevator car with rounded corners, including an integrated dynamic lighting system and touch controls. Moslift won six awards across various nominations, emerging the most decorated contestant of the event.