Boo Oh, a new lifestyle brand launches an extraordinary line of chic pet products for holiday season

Boo Oh, a new life style pet brand, uniquely designed to elevate ordinary moments. Photo by Boo Oh

As holiday season is approaching and gift guides are coming to fruition, Boo Oh, a new lifestyle brand that launched an extraordinary line of chic pet products, constructed of the finest materials and thoughtfully designed for modern life.

Boo Oh’s founder, Jay Sae Jung Oh was inspired after adopting a French bulldog named Boo and discovering that she could not find pet accessories that truly matched her personal style. An industrial designer by trade, Jay’s deep understanding of materials and production shines through with each handcrafted piece her brand creates.

Boo Oh is a lifestyle brand of pet accessories targeting men and women who care about elegant and high quality design during every moment of their lives, from the daily stroll with their puppy to entertaining friends at home. Photo by Boo Oh

The collection includes collars, leashes, and waste bag holders, featuring Buttero Italian leather (the same material used by Louis Vuitton for its bag handles) and anodized aluminum parts (the same kind as used in smartphones).

Consumers can find attached decks on the Ray Harness and the Lumi Collection.

Boo Oh debuted at NY NOW 2019 at Javits Center for the first time this year

Click here for additional visuals and details on this chic lifestyle brand.


NAB Show New York Explores Creative Process in Making of Netflix’s ‘Russian Doll’

NAB Show New York Explores Creative Process in Making of Netflix’s ‘Russian Doll’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Artists behind Netflix’s based-in-New-York series “Russian Doll” will appear together at NAB Show New York on Thursday, October 17. The show has been nominated for 13 Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series.

Produced by the National Association of Broadcasters, NAB Show New York is held October 16-17 at the Javits Convention Center. With more than 15,000 attendees and nearly 300 exhibitors, NAB Show New York showcases the best in next-generation technology for media, entertainment and telecom professionals with conferences and workshops focused on television, film, satellite, online video, live events, podcasting, advertising, corporate A/V, production and post.

The session titled “How Tech Serves Art in Netflix’s ‘Russian Doll’” will feature colorist Nat Jencks, post supervisor Lisa Melodia and cinematographer Chris Teague. The panelists will discuss how they balance art and tech, taking advantage of the latest technologies in depicting a highly cinematic version of New York, while still prioritizing creativity in storytelling.

“Given the creative mastery required to produce this incredible series, attendees can gain valuable insight on the cutting-edge techniques and tools being used in today’s filmmaking,” said NAB Executive Vice President of Conventions and Business Operations Chris Brown. “This session will answer burning questions on how the advent of 6K cameras, HDR imagery, 4K delivery and other advanced tools have revolutionized post-production and led to incredibly sharp and vibrant visuals.”

Goldcrest Post Senior Colorist Nat Jencks collaborated with cinematographer Chris Teague to finalize the look of “Russian Doll.” A ten-year seasoned colorist, Jencks’ work ranges from studio features to indies and includes episodic series, commercials and music videos. Jencks has worked in post-production for two decades in the fields of VFX, title design and editorial.

Lisa Melodia is a post supervisor working in New York City. Prior to “Russian Doll,” she worked on comedies such as “The Jim Gaffigan Show” for TV Land and “The Detour” for TBS, as well as movies for HBO. Currently, she is the post supervisor on Darren Star’s new show, “Emily in Paris.”

Chris Teague is an acclaimed cinematographer and garnered an Emmy nomination for his work on “Russian Doll.” He has worked on six Sundance-selected feature films, written and directed several award-winning short films and was awarded Best Cinematography at the Tribeca Film Festival.

The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy association for America’s broadcasters. NAB advances radio and television interests in legislative, regulatory and public affairs. Through advocacy, education and innovation, NAB enables broadcasters to best serve their communities, strengthen their businesses and seize new opportunities in the digital age. For more information visit

Meet Gillian Conahan, Winner of the Keystone Championships of Cosplay

Gillian Conahan, winner of the Keystone Championships of Cosplay in Keystone Comic Con 2019. Produced by The Expo Review

Gillian Conahan, winner of the Keystone Championships of Cosplay tells her story about a year long hand made character costume of Ciri from The Witcher 3 in Keystone Comic Con 2019.

Comic pans are looking forward to seeing her at the Crown Championships of C2E2 in 2020. Gillian Conahan is a cosplayer and the Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Patterns magazine.

Produced by The Expo Review

International Security Conference & Exposition Announces the 2019 Keynote Series

Javits Center in New York City. Photo by The Expo Center

The International Security Conference & Exposition(ISC East), taking place November 20-21 at the Javits Center in NYC, announced 2019 Keynote Series Speakers.

According to the organiger ISC East Keynotes are open to all attendees and provide actionable insights from prominent members of the security and public safety industry who are well known for their widely respected accomplishments.

Featuring two high-profile women from the security and public safety industry attendees can hear from Deanne Criswell, Commissioner of the New York City Emergency Management Department and Angela Studbblefield, Deputy Associate Administrator of Security & HAZMAT Safety at the FAA, as they present on the ISC East Main Stage.

At a day one keynote speaker Deanne Criswell will explain how the Department is utilizing technology to make informed, data-driven decisions, while also discussing the strategic vision for the Department and the importance of public-private partnerships.

In a day two session Keynote speaker Angela Stubblefield will speak on behalf of the organization’s holistic approach to UAS security, working across the full spectrum of risk mitigation from prevention to deterrence to detection to response. Ms. Stubblefield will touch on how the FAA is working with security partners to consider how to set requirements for the aircraft, airspace, and airman in order to help reduce security risks, how intent can be difficult to determine, and how different tools help to differentiate the clueless and careless from the criminal, which require different response capabilities.

ISC East is the Northeast’s largest security trade show. 7,000 security and public safety professionals convene in New York each year to meet experts from over 300 leading security brands.

The combination of one-on-one conversations with the industry’s top innovators, special events, and cutting-edge education makes ISC East the security industry’s most comprehensive East Coast event. Encompassing everything from Video Surveillance and Access Control to Smart Home Technologies, IoT and Unmanned Security, attendees can conveniently find products and services that will benefit most of companies and clients.

For more information visit

China Import and Export Fair Fall Show Returns

The biggest fair in China returns this fall.
China Import and Export Fair (also known as the Canton Fair), is established in 1957, which is held biannually in Guangzhou every spring and autumn.

The Fair boasts an exhibition area of 1.18 million m² per session, with 150,000 exhibit varieties in 16 industries, and the number of exhibitors from home and abroad stands at nearly 25,000.

In each session, about 200,000 buyers attend the Fair from more than 210countries and regions all over the world.

Registration is open now. Here’s a #CantonFair registration guide for oversea buyers. For registration visit:

Canton Fair Schedule:

Phase 1 (April 15-19, October 15-19):
Electronics, lighting equipment, vehicles & spare parts, machinery, hardware & tools, construction materials, chemical products, energy resources, and international pavilion

Phase 2 (April 23-27, October 23-27):
Consumer goods, gifts, and home decorations

Phase 3 (May 1-5, October 31-November 4):
Textiles and garments, shoes, office supplies, cases and bags, recreation products, food , health products and medical devices, and international pavilionLocation: China Import and Export Fair ComplexAddress: 382 Yuejiang Zhong Road, Guangzhou, China

Samsung Developers Conference 2019 Sessions Announced


Samsung Developers Conference(SDC) 2019 will be held on Oct. 29-30 at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California.

SDC 2019 just leased upcoming sessions attendees could learn from the tech industry’s leading experts at SDC19. Now you can see some information of the highlighted sessions below and look out for more to come.


Man holding a phone at SDC18

Hear from integral members ofthe Bixby team on their vision for the future and new opportunities for development. Take a closer look at AI tech and how it streamlines the deep-learning process.


Man working on a computer at SDC18

Prioritizing Blockchain
Learn about blockchain from innovative tech experts. Dive into this hot topic with highly relevant sessions that address new industry standards within a rapidly emerging field.

Close up image of source code in the shape of the letter s

Ready. Set. Spot the Code.
There’s a fun surprise waiting on the SDC19 website! The first 100 people to decode the puzzle and discover the source code secrets will receive a prize. This is one contest you’ll definitely want to check out.

For more information click button below.

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Samyang Biopharm USA Open House

Samyang Biopharm USA announced they would invite Korean-American scientists in pharmaceuticals and biotech industry located in Boston area to expand the network.

Samyang Biopharm USA was established in October 2018 with the goal of conducting R&D activities with an emphasis on the field of immuno-oncology and rare disease drugs.

For more information visit

<Open House Schedule>

Time: 4-6 PM on Aug 29 Thu

Venue: 200 One Kendall Sq. Suite 402, Cambridge, MA 02139

Dress code: Casual


Portuguese Porcelain Brand Vista Alegre Introduces Eco Friendly Amazonia Line in NY NOW 2019

Portuguese porcelain brand Vista Alegre sells hand made luxuriuos fine china, crystal, glass, dinner sets, home decor and gifts.

Hand-painted Peony and a Iris flower plate debuted in the U.S. market. Floris decorative plate collection representing a Peony and a Iris flower are authentic works of art made. Photo by The Expo Review

Vista Alegre Introduced new eco friendly Amazonia line and Endangered collection in NY NOW Summer 2019. NY NOW is the market for home, lifestyle, handmade and gift.

Eco friendly Amazonia line showcased in NY NOW Summer 2019. Photo by The Expo Review
Eco friendly Amazonia line showcased in NY NOW Summer 2019. Photo by The Expo Review

Vista Alegre received three Good Design Awards. For the third consecutive year, the design excellence of the products of this century-old brand was acknowledged by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design.

Endangered Indonesian Java Falcon of Endangered collection. Photo by The Expo Review

John Weeth, VA USA Vice President Sales West of VISTA ALEGRE, explains about the Endangered collection. Photo by The Expo Review

*Brands: Vista Alegre, Bordallo Pinheiro, Casa Alegre

For more information visit

USDA Extends Application Deadline for Nov. Trade Mission to Mexico

USDA extends application deadline for Nov 6-8 trade mission to Mexico.

It is expected to get chance a great opportunity to make new contacts and grow business. The new application deadline is Friday, August 23, 2019.

Mexico has long been a top market for U.S. farm and food products – and the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement promises to unlock even greater opportunities for American exporters.

U. S. companis can come along and explore those opportunities when the U.S. Department of Agriculture leads a trade mission to Mexico City November 6-8, 2019.

At one time, Mexico was primarily a bulk commodity market, but its growing economy and population are driving demand for high-value, consumer-oriented foods, which now are now the largest category of U.S. agricultural exports to Mexico. 

Currently, United States’ southern neighbor is the #1 export market for U.S. corn, dairy, poultry and eggs, sugar and sweeteners, distillers dried grains, and rice.  It also ranks among the top destinations for an assortment of processed foods and beverages, as well as other key products including soybeans, beef, pork, wheat, and fresh fruits and vegetables. 

USDA recommends to do not miss this chance to grow the U.S. company export business by connecting with potential customers and learning the ins and outs of doing business with Mexico. 

For more information see the application form below.


Application Form

*Source :USDA

Pet Bowl Fashion Has a New Face Created by New York-based company, Park Life Design

New York, NY – Park Life Designs, a fashion-forward pet product manufacturer of designer feeding and storage items was founded in New York City by a team of creative pet lovers, who wanted an extra spark in design for their pets. Frustrated with the lack of affordable, fashion-focused pet choices in the market they decided to shake things up in their own chic, fun, and vibrant way.

Made with the highest quality materials, creating their own line of functional, creatively designed products followed. As a brand that loves animals, designs quality products and embraces creativity, Park Life Designs looks forward to bringing style to pets life.

“As a new brand, it is important for us to showcase our fresh and fashion-focused products to our pet community, and NY NOW is the perfect place to start!” ,Harry Hooper, Park Life Designs President said.

Park Life Designs aims to be the destination for stylish and chic pet products for the everyday pet lover.

Beginning in 2019, Park Life Designs was created for stylish and fashionable pet lovers who love to express themselves along with their furry loved one. As the company celebrates creativity and individualism, they saw a need in the pet fashion industry for a spark in fun fashion. Park Life Designs represent animal lovers who want chic, fun and playful designs that love giving their pets a little extra flair.

The mission of Park Life Designs is to provide chic, affordable, and fashion-focused pet choices to the everyday consumer. With a growing group of loyal customers, increasing numbers of referrals from industry professionals, and a love for the creative and expressive, Park Life Designs aspires to be a one-stop shop for every pet owner and lover.

For more information about Park Life Designs visit

*Booth #4056 at NY NOW Summer 2019


Russia Becomes Vietnam’s Leading Supplier of wheat

According to the USDA Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) reports released last month Russia became Vietnam’s leading supplier of wheat, as imports from Australia fell significantly.

Russia exported an estimated 1.7 MMT of wheat into Vietnam in MY18/19, gaining a 50 percent market share.

Post estimates stagnant wheat consumption on both the uncompetitive price of feed wheat and the flat use of milling wheat. The latter is due to Vietnam’s Plant Protection Department’s (PPD) ongoing quarantine pest inspections.

Feed wheat use varies depending on its price differential with imported corn. Feed wheat prices were running lower or at nearly the same level as compared to corn prices from the second half of 2016 to August 2018 (see Figure 1).

However, wheat prices have been diverting higher since then, thereby resulting in reduced feed wheat consumption. Increasing prices have also coincided with an outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) that began in early 2019. Producers have cut wheat inclusions in feed in order to reduce costs.

U.S. wheat is considered high quality and is used by Vietnamese mills for blending as a cost-effective way to improve the value of their flour products. Recently, U.S. wheat imports have been steadily rising, reflecting the increased demand for premium quality products.

However, PPD’s ongoing quarantine pest inspections have discouraged shipments of U.S. wheat since the end of calendar year 2018. The local wheat milling industry has faced difficulties in sourcing high quality wheat, especially soft white wheat. Feed industry sources have also noted that the inspections are reducing the use of quality ingredients in feed.


The East Coast’s Premier Fine Jewelry Show ‘JA New York’ Returns to New York This Sunday

JA New York is running alongside NY NOW and The National Stationery Show for the very first time at the Javits Center. Photo by The Expo Review

The Perfect Setting for the Business of Jewelry will be disclosed this Sunday at the the New York City.

Premiere jewelry show JA New York is running alongside NY NOW and The National Stationery Show for the very first time, happening on new and extended dates August 11 – 14, 2019 at the Jacob Javits Center.

For over 100 years, JA New York has brought the jewelry industry together on the east coast and grown as one of the leading jewelry event in the heart of New York City. This new comprehensive marketplace is expected to be a showcase the finest selection of jewelry designers, brands and manufacturers.

According to JA New York organizer there will be more than 600 designers and vendors from around the world together with some newcomers, including exhibitors from abroad in Hong Pavilion and new South African Pavilion.

JA New York is expected to be an electric mix of the season’s best buying opportunities providing an easy-to-work marketplace that brings the entire industry together for a new four focused days of buying, trend spotting, treasure-hunting and business-building interaction in the jewelry capital of the world.

Streaming Summit to Return to NAB Show New York

The Streaming Summit, a two-day event that focuses on the business and technology of OTT video, will once again join the NAB Show New Yorkconference. The Streaming Summit is co-produced by streaming industry expert Dan Rayburn and will be held October 16 – 17, 2019 at the Javits Convention Center.

The Streaming Summit will feature leading OTT platform experts, broadcasters, publishers, advertisers and developers speaking about the challenges and opportunities in packaging, monetizing and distributing online video. Attendees will learn how about the capabilities of direct-to-consumer (DTC) offerings and hear how some of the largest companies in the world are monetizing their video library and building a brand relationship with their customers. Technical discussions will focus on how to deliver the best viewing experiences across packaging content, transcoding, media management, playback, and analytics.

Via one-on-one fireside chats, best practices presentations and curated sessions, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from over 100 speakers, with last year’s lineup including executives from Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, NBC Sports, Disney, CBS Interactive, Discovery, AT&T, Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Roku, NBA, FOX Sports, Sling TV, Comcast, Fubo TV, Viacom, Washington Post and many others.

“The adaptation of digitally-driven distribution is imperative to our industry and we are excited to again provide our NAB Show New York attendees with unique, executive insight on how to bolster their online video services and platforms,” said NAB Executive Vice President of Conventions and Business Operations Chris Brown. “The Streaming Summit is the premier environment to gain a competitive edge in today’s rapidly evolving multiscreen environment.”

“With all the new OTT services and live linear offerings in the market, content owners, broadcasters, publishers and distributors need the most up-to-date business insights and technical tips, to get the most out of their video services. The Streaming Summit will showcase and discuss the current monetization models for video, the packaging and playback of content, and highlight the best technical implementations of the video stack”, said Dan Rayburn, Streaming Summit Chairman.

Speaking proposals are currently being accepted and inquiries can be directed to Dan Rayburn at (917) 523-4562. Additional information is available at

Produced by the National Association of Broadcasters, NAB Show New York will be held October 16-17, 2019 at the Javits Convention Center. With more than 15,000 attendees and 300+ exhibitors, NAB Show New York showcases the best in next-generation technology for media, entertainment and telecom professionals with conferences and workshops focused on television, film, satellite, online video, live events, podcasting, advertising, corporate A/V, production and post.

Total registered attendance reached 15,097 for the 2018 NAB Show New York, held October 17 and 18 at the Javits Convention Center. This represents a 6.1% increase over attendance from the 2017 event. The event included 300+ exhibitors, 67 of which were participating for the first time.

The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy association for America’s broadcasters. NAB advances radio and television interests in legislative, regulatory and public affairs. Through advocacy, education and innovation, NAB enables broadcasters to best serve their communities, strengthen their businesses and seize new opportunities in the digital age. For more information visit

Washable and Easy Care Fine Silk Loungewear ‘SILK DREAMS’ Debuts in Curve New York 2019

Washable and easy care fine silk loungewear ‘SILK DREAMS’ full line shown in Curve New York 2019. Photo by The Expo Review

Australian designer Kaliopi Eleni has created a sophisticated collection of sleep and loungewear in exclusive prints and coordinated solids that evoke ancient and exotic locales, yet offers modern wear-ability, comfort and ease of care.

Inspired by Kaliopi’s passion for culture, architecture, history and travel, SILK DREAMS is a fresh and modern take on leisure fashion. Made from high quality lightweight pure mulberry silk satin (Bombyx mori) combined with a touch of spandex, SILK DREAMS has stretch, which gives movement and luxurious comfort to the drape and feel silk is renowned for.

Hummingbird Playsuit Silk Dreams™ Kaliopi Eleni Romance Collection. Photo by Kaliopi Eleni Collection

The exceptionally light and soft fabric is perfect in all seasons and is ideal for resort travel wear, and packs well. And, its easy-care wash-ability make SILK DREAMS a silk collection you can wear anytime, with no worries. SILK DREAMS is special but not precious!

The Silk Dreams™ Lounge Wear Collection, first was launched in 2017 with the Equestrian Collection themed on the ancient Greek bronze horses now housed in the Basilica St Marco of Venice. Since then more collections have been released and the number of styles expanded.

This year Hummingbird, Thera and Romance have all made their debut in Kaliopi’s Silk Dreams™ Lounge Wear Collection and will be on show at both New York and Las Vegas Curve shows. Ideal for travel or as gifts including weddings, anniversaries or special occasions.

Easy to care for, cold hand wash, dry in shape. No tumble drying. Warm iron or steam. Ideal for travel. Silk Dreams™ Lounge Wear Collection by Kaliopi Eleni and for “lovers lounging in luxury”.

Curve New York 2019 trade show runs Sunday August 4th through Tuesday August 6th.

You can find ‘SILK DREAMS’ on the Curve Floor in August at NY or Las Vegas or contact the General, for additional information, catalogs, line sheets or to make an appointment.

NY Women’s August Unites 5 Unique Women’s Shows Featuring New Products and Styles

NY Women’s August unites 5 unique women’s shows, PROJECT WOMENS, ACCESSORIE CIRCUIT, FAME, MODA and ACCESSORIES THE SHOW. Photo by The Expo Review

NY Women’s August unites 5 unique women’s shows, PROJECT WOMENS, ACCESSORIE CIRCUIT, FAME, MODA and ACCESSORIES THE SHOW. Brands are featuring new products and styles for the August market.

From elevated contemporary brands to the latest trend-driven fashion, this marketplace features and extended presentation of apparel and accessories for every buyer. NY Women’s August runs Sunday August 4th through Tuesday August 6th.

PROJECT WOMENS gives buyers access to an unrivaled collection of the best emerging and established women’s brands. It is the ultimate destination for contemporary collections, denim and accessories.

PROJECT WOMENS brands include Hat Attact(booth 2507),LA Trading Co.(booth 2540), M. Rena(booth 2546), Mauritius(booth 2536), Roller Rabbit(booth 2506),All Black Footwear(booth 2678),Ellis Wilson Designs(booth 2775),Evocateur(booth 2717) and more.

Hat Attack is launching the new Spring 20 collection. All hats and accessories including bags and beach coverups are being shown.

Accessories booths of NY Women’s August 2019 at Javits Center in New York. Photo by The Expo Review

ACCESSORIE CIRCUIT is an elevated and curated exhibition, exclusive to the accessories market, featuring high-end and contemporary collections, catering to upscale retailers from around the globe.

Fun,Fresh and full of cool trends, FAME is a one-stop shopping destination where the retailers discover ready-to-wear young contemporary and trend-driven fashion for women.

MODA is and upscale event providing a concise mix of modern contemporary ready-to-wear collections that showcase some of the most desired names in the industry. In a refined and elegant environment, MODA creates and inspiring place to conduct business and network, giving retailers the opportunity to discover everything form the latest trends to updated classics.

NY Women’s August runs Sunday August 4th through Tuesday August 6th, 2019. Photo by The Expo Review

Featuring a diverse and accessible collection of fashion accessories, ACCESSORIES THE SHOW is the go-to event to shop both trend-driven and classic brands, and the place to discover new and emerging designers.

Taking place at ACCESSORIES THE SHOW , Accessories Council will present Digital Trend Boards featuring the most important fashion and accessory themes for Holiday/Resort, featuring show brands with booth locations to assist retailers with their open-to buys, ensuring they are covered with all of the key trends of the season. Trends include animal prints, black and white graphics, masculine/feminine dual gender and empowered fun. Participating brands include Nakamol, Namjosh, Rush by Denis & Charles, Zenzii, Sondra Roberts and Urban Expressions.

Accessories Council debuted The Design Excellence Award celebrating new and iconic products and bestows awards in 15 unique categories, offering the winners and finalists and exciting platform to celebrate their products.

Accessorie Circuit had a showcase a trend presentation featuring brands form the show. Themed “Haute Hippie”, the showcase included bright jewel tones, coins, charms, bags and scarves with prints. The brightly colored winter’s tale is a fluid fusion of globally inspired references by exotic travels and injected with an opulent bohemian spirit. Participating brands included Karl Lagerfeld Jewelry, Meira T Handbags, Deepa Gurnani , and Ela Rae.

Philadephia Gift Show Expands, Rebrands & Relocates Popular Artisan Alley Handmade Section for July 21-24, 2019 Edition

Philadelphia Gift Show Summer 2019 at Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, PA. Produced by The Expo Review

Returning July 21-24, 2019 to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA,the Philadelphia Gift Show is bringing its popular Markers’ Market booths together with the Artisan Alley tabletop displays and rebranding the entire section Artisan Alley. Moving to Hall D, across from the Expo Center’s main registration entrance, the newly expanded Artisan Alley will be positioned front and center for retailers to find the newest handcrafted resources.

The summer show will also introduce new features, including the Buyers Concierge Club appointment-setting program and spotlight fashion-forward boutique apparel and accessories for men, women and children.

Philadelphia Gift Show Summer 2019 at Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, PA. Produced by The Expo Review

“The Philadelphia Gift Show is always looking for ways to refine our product and service offerings as well as the overall show experience for attendee and exhibitors,” says April Holinek, show director, Philadelphia Gift Show. “Features like our new appointment-setting program and expanded product selection in Artisan Alley will help our buyers quickly discover the newest designs, top lines and locally-made resources and improve their productivity while they shop an all-category show.”


NEW! Artisan Alley Expands, Relocates, Rebrands
Moving to Hall D across from the main registration desk, Artisan Alley and Makers Market will combine will feature an expanded selection of one-of-a-kind handcrafted designs and unique finds from more than 30+ artists and makers.  Explore an even bigger selection of affordable handmade products ranging from gifts, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, holiday and home decor, apparel, regional gourmet specialties, greeting cards, stationery and much more.  

Philadelphia Gift Show Summer 2019 at Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, PA. Produced by The Expo Review

Artisan Alley Partners with CRAFT to Host Pre-Show Seminar All About Wholesale on Saturday, July 20
As an official sponsor of American Craft Week, the Philadelphia Gift Show will partner with Craft Retailers & Artists for Tomorrow (CRAFT) to host All About Wholesale, a one-day intensive training event for artists who are looking to start their wholesale business or brush up on the basics.  All About Wholesale will be held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center on Saturday, July 20 from 9 am to 5 pm. To register for the seminar, visit

Philadelphia Gift Show Summer 2019 at Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, PA. Produced by The Expo Review

NEW! Buyers Concierge Club | Appointment-Setting Program
The Philadelphia Gift Show will introduce its new appointment-setting program during the upcoming summer show giving pre-registered retailers an easy way to connect with new vendors. Open to all buyers and exhibitors, the Buyers Concierge Club will give participants access to an online tool to connect and pre-schedule meetings.

NEW! Explore Even More Trendy & Stylish Boutique Resources
Shop the latest looks for men, women and children including apparel, footwear, jewelry and fashion accessories.   

Free Parking, Hotel Rates as Low as $89.
Retailers can take advantage of tremendous travel savings at the Philadelphia Gift Show including free parking at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center and room rates as low as $89. What’s more, the show’s location in Oaks, PA makes it an easy fly or drive-in location and is situated just a few miles from King of Prussia area, putting show attendees and exhibitors in close proximity to a wide range of entertainment, shopping, recreation and tourism resources during the show. 

Philadelphia Gift Show Summer 2019 at Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, PA. Produced by The Expo Review

Special Spotlights
The summer show will feature a full range of resources in virtually every category, with additional product spotlight on key growth areas, including: Home Accents, Made in America, Child’s Play, and Gourmet, Candy & Confections.

Daily Giveaways & Show Floor Hospitality
Retailers will also enjoy a fun and festive shopping experience with daily prize drawings, including $100 merchandise credits, gift basket raffles, and other fun exhibitor-sponsored prizes as well as complimentary refreshments, show floor socials and much more!

Philadelphia Gift Show Summer 2019 at Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, PA. Produced by The Expo Review

Stay for the Last Day:
Retailers should plan to stay and shop on Wednesday, July 24, 2018 to enjoy a complimentary lunch as well as exclusive savings and discounts only offered on show orders placed on the last day of the show.


WHEN:  Sunday, July 21 – Wednesday, July 24, 2019
WHERE: The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Avenue, Oaks, PA. 19456
SHOW HOURS: 9 am – 6 pm July 21-23; 9 am – 2 pm July 24.
MORE INFO: or 678.285.3976 or 800.318.2238
TRAVEL:  Visit travel section | or call Connections at 855.246.8722.

Canada Revises Beer Standards to Promote Innovation

Diverse American local bears on the grocery shelves in the United States. Photo by The Expo Review

According to the USDA Canada revised prescriptive beer compositional standards to better reflect and support a diversifying beer industry, while providing beer drinkers greater information about allergenic content. The revisions implemented changes proposed in a 2018 consultation. Brewers will have until December 2022 to comply with new regulatory and labeling changes.

On May 1, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) issued a news release and notice to industry announcing new compositional standards for beer. Domestic and imported products will need to comply with new regulatory requirements and labeling changes by December 14, 2022.

The new beer compositional standards include the following changes:

 standards for ale, stout, porter and malt liquor are replaced by one standard for all beer styles and types;

 food allergens, gluten sources or added sulphites are required to be declared on the label;

 residual sugar is limited to four percent in the final product to distinguish standardized beer from sweeter malt-based beverages;

 flavoring preparations are allowed to be used along with mandatory labelling (for example, “beer with blueberry flavor”);

 references to specific food additives are replaced with a general reference to additives permitted in beer under Health Canada’s Lists of Permitted Food Additives;

 processing aids no longer have to be listed;  the use of herbs and spices is now allowed;

 the use of mixtures of yeast and other micro-organisms for fermentation is allowed.

Beer sales in Canada reached $9.2 billion CAD in 2018, with volume topping 2.2 billion liters. Of the total volume of beer sold in Canada in 2018, about 25 percent was imported – nearly 560 million liters.

The United States was the second largest supplier of imported beer, shipping approximately 110 million liters for a 20 percent share of total imports. The number one supplier of imported beer in 2018 was the Netherlands (Heineken) with 21 percent of the import market. Mexico was the number three supplier with a 17 percent market share.


Fast Growing Romanian Tourism Industry Shows Steady

According to the USDA Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) reports released on Monday, June 24, 2019 fast growing Romanian tourism industry shows steady.

Romania is the European Union’s (EU) tenth-most populous member state and one of its fastest growing economies. According to official data, in the first 11 months of 2018, 12 million people engaged in tourism in Romania, a 6.4-percent increase over the same period in 2017. The Romanian hotel industry has grown by almost 40 percent over the last five years. Consumers are increasingly dining out, and frequently so in urban areas. Mobile devices and internet connectively are driving Romania’s fast-growing food delivery and takeaway segments.

Romania’s real gross domestic product (GDP) growth will slow but continue to grow at a sustainable pace. 2018 real GDP increased by 4.1 percent. 3.7 percent GDP growth is expected for 2019. In real terms, private consumption rose by 5.3 percent in 2018 and gains of 4.8 percent are expected in 2019. Rising wages drives consumer spending, although some gains are offset by higher inflation.

Total agricultural imports in Romania reached
$9 billion in 2018, U.S imports representing
about two percent of Romania’s total
agricultural imports in 2018. Although the U.S.
share remains small, U.S imports increased by
37 percent in 2018, reaching $179 million, up
from $148 million in 2017 (direct and indirect
The biggest increases in imports in 2018: meat
(7.57 percent); edible fruits and nuts (11.5
percent); baking products (12.6 percent); fish
and seafood (10.6 percent); sauces and
condiments (17 percent); prepared meat and fish
(16 percent); sweet potatoes (23.8 percent).

In 2018 food and drink internet retailing records current value growth of 21 percent to reach RON 263 million ($67.7 million). The hotel industry has grown by almost 40 percent over the last five years with a turnover of over RON 5.5 billion ($1.4 billion) in 2018. As of November 1, 2018, the value-added tax (VAT) was reduced to five percent for accommodations, restaurants and certain sport facilities. Starting January 2019 the minimum wage increased from RON 1,900 ($452) per month to RON 2,080 ($495) and RON 2,350 ($559 – for those with higher education).

Romania joined the EU in 2007. It is the EU’s tenth-most populous member state with 19.7 million inhabitants. Romania’s 2017 GDP reached seven percent, making it one of Europe’s the fastest growing economies. In 2018, real GDP reached 4.1 percent, and 3.7 percent GDP growth is forecast for 2019. Total 2018 Romanian agricultural imports reached $9 billion, with the U.S.-origin imports accounting for about two percent of total imports. Although small, market share for U.S. food and agriculture increased in 2018 by 37 percent to $179 million, a solid increase over $148 million in 2017 (direct and indirect imports).

Romania’s real GDP growth will continue to grow, but at more moderate and sustainable rates. In real terms, 2018 consumer spending rose by 5.3 percent over 2017, and is forecast to grow an additional 4.8 percent in 2019. Rising wages drive consumer spending, although gains are tempered by rising in inflation. Unemployment was 4.2 percent in 2018 and is expected to rise to 4.4 percent in 2019. The monthly minimum wage was increased by 16 percent in 2017 and by an additional nine percent in 2018. On November 1, 2018, Romania reduced its VAT to five percent for hotel rooms, restaurants, and certain sport facilities.

Romanian consumers are increasingly going online to shop. Deeper digital penetration due to the widespread use of hand-held devices and fast connection speeds have driven growth in ecommerce. Internet retail sales between 2012 and 2016 increased by 128 percent in real terms. Sales during that same period from mobile devices increased by 471 percent.

After a period of rapid expansion, real consumer incomes and expenditures are forecast to grow at a more moderate rate by 2030. Still, economic and income growth are forecast to remain above the EU average. Conversely, a declining population and middle class are expected to constrain faster consumer market expansion.

According to the national Institute of Statistics, in the first 11 months of 2018, the number of tourists reached 12 million, up 6.4 percent from the same period of 2017. Of these, 78 percent are Romanian tourists, and 22 percent are foreigners. The hotel industry has grown by almost 40 percent over the last five years, with a turnover of over RON 5.5 billion in 2017. Some estimates for 2018 indicate that the hotel sector reached RON 5.8 billion. Bucharest accounts for over 30 percent of the national hotel market (373 hotels) and over 40 percent of restaurants (2,072 outlets). Constanta is second with 1,043 total hotels and restaurant outlets, followed by Cluj with 768 total outlets, Brasov with 608 total outlets, and Timis with 696 total outlets.


New York City Skyline to Light Rainbow in Celebration of LGBTQ+ Community Throughout June and WorldPride

Macy’s 4th of July fireworks show from the Brooklyn Bridge. Photo by NYC & Company

NYC & Company, the official destination marketing organization and convention and visitors bureau for New York City, is facilitating rainbow lightings across all five boroughs—a first for the organization—in celebration of the queer community and the first WorldPride in the United States. Throughout the month of June, approximately 4 million visitors in addition to locals will witness an awe-inspiring expression of LGBTQ+ representation and acceptance across the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island, aligned to the monumental celebration and the Stonewall Uprising’s 50th anniversary.

“New York City is the birthplace of the modern LGBTQ rights movement and has played a significant role in the progress the global movement has made. This month our City will host WorldPride to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall uprising.  Lighting our skyline will remind LGBTQ people around the world that New York City will always be a beacon of hope and a place to call home,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

“Hosting the first-ever US WorldPride during the 50th anniversary of Stonewall will be a profound and historic moment for the LGBTQ+ community in New York City and around the world,” said Fred Dixon, NYC & Company’s president and CEO. “We are so grateful to all of our lighting partners for commemorating this significant milestone and helping us welcome as many as 4 million travelers who will experience our city’s diversity, inclusivity and vibrant spirit.”

The five-borough lighting is part of NYC & Company’s larger destination marketing initiative Project Rainbow. This unique effort empowers member businesses to unify their branding in celebration of WorldPride and in solidarity with all that it represents. Attractions, bus tour operators, cultural organizations, entertainment entities, hotels, restaurants, transportation providers and more received creative assets to include on consumer-facing materials and recommendations on how to show support during WorldPride.

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The 65th Summer Fancy Food Show Returns This Weekend to New York at Javits Center

The 65th Summer Fancy Food Show returns to New York this weekend at the Jacob Javits Center.

The fastest-growing segment of the food industry, specialty food at nearly $150 billion in annual sales, is gathering in New York, NY for the Summer Fancy Food Show from Sunday, June 23 through Tuesday, June 25.

There will be 2,600 exhibitors and 200,000 specialty food food showcases at the show from all over the world.

Presented by the Specialty Food Association (SFA), a not-for-profit association with over 3,800 members, including food artisans, importers, buyers and entrepreneurs, the show features more than 2,400 companies exhibiting over 200,000 specialty foods something for every palate.

“The Summer Fancy Food Show is where our industry’s remarkable creativity, drive, and spirit of innovation are on display for an audience of buyers from every channel of the food industry, domestic and international,” said Phil Kafarakis, SFA president. “We’ll fill all of the Javits Center this weekend. It’ll be the best place to see the trends, learn, network and conduct critical business to help serve every customer base and build success for 2020.”  

The largest show for specialty food in North America, the show features specialty food companies from around the world. New York boasts the largest state presence with more than 230 food companies, followed by California, New Jersey, Florida, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. More than 50 countries will be participating in the show, with Germany as this year’s partner country.

<Show Highlights>

Incubator Village:
 Incubator Village features ten incubators from around the U.S. showcasing dozens of companies they have helped launch or grow. Level 4 River Pavilion

Education Sessions: The SFA is presenting a full program of workshops and business-building seminars to help startups, established manufacturers, and buyers with all levels of expertise succeed in the ever-changing marketplace. All sessions open to press, space permitting  Full Schedule

sofi™ Awards Showcases for Outstanding Specialty Foods of 2019: Established in 1972, the sofi Awards advance culinary excellence and creativity worldwide by recognizing the outstanding work of SFA member companies. The 2019 sofi Awards produced 139 Winners in the Gold, Silver, Bronze, and New Product categories. Level 3 Crystal Palace

sofi™ Awards Product of the Year: For only the third time in the 47-year history of the sofi Awards, a Product of the Year award will be given. This will be announced at the show on Sunday, June 23, 4:30pm, River Pavilion

Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement Awards Ceremony: The Specialty Food Association honors the past and inspires the future through the Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement Awards Ceremony. The Hall of Fame has eight new inductees. Three SFA members are also being honored for their career achievements in specialty food. They are Benny Curl, Byrd Cookie Company; Ariane Daguin, D’Artagnan; and Bob Moore, Bob’s Red Mill. Sunday, June 23, 5:30pm – 7:30 pm, River Pavilion

Front Burner: Foodservice Pitch Competition: Three exhibitors will pitch their foodservice-ready products in this live competition hosted by celebrity chef and author, Elizabeth Falkner. All contestants get feedback on their products, and the winner will receive a promotional package from the Specialty Food Association. Monday, June 24, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, River Pavilion, Main Stage

Disrupt or Be Disrupted: A Panel on the Future of Food: Two senior executives from Walmart join SFA President Phil Kafarakis to discuss the retail giant’s efforts to welcome food entrepreneurs into their omni-channel supply chain of the future. Tuesday, June 25, 9:00am-9:45am, River Pavilion, Main Stage

The Specialty Food Association Trendspotter Panel:Melanie Zanoza Bartelme, Mintel; Jonathan Deutsch, Drexel University; Tonya Hopkins, Food Griot; Victoria Jordan, James Beard Foundation; and Kara Nielsen, CCD Helmsman, will scout the show in search of the latest innovations. The Show Daily from Specialty Food News will release preliminary findings, with a final trends report being issued mid-July.

Giving Back: At the end of the show, exhibitors will continue their long tradition of giving back by donating thousands of pounds of unopened meat, cheese, produce, confections, and snacks to the Specialty Food Foundation, which will in turn donate the products to City Harvest, the Summer Fancy Food Show’s longtime charity of choice

The Specialty Food Association is a thriving community of food artisans, importers and entrepreneurs. Established in 1952 in New York, the not-for-profit trade association provides its 3,800 members in the U.S. and abroad the tools, knowledge and connections to champion and nurture their companies in an always-evolving marketplace. The owns and produces the Winter and Summer Fancy Food Shows, and presents the sofi™ Awardshonoring excellence in specialty food.

Korean Biotech Companies Looking for Partners to Grow Together in Bio International Convenion 2019

The Global Event ‘Bio International Convention 2019’ for Biotechnology was held in Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia on June 3-6,2019.

The BIO International Convention is the world’s largest and most biotechnology event, drawing industry leaders from around the globe.

The top 10 largest international delegations at BIO 2019 were Canada, South Korea, United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, China, France, Australia, and Brazil and Taiwan.

According to KOTRA 37 Korean biotech companies and related organizations registered at this year convention. Korean biotech companies are looking for partners to grow together. You can hear the voice of Korean biotech companies on YouTube below.

Korea Pavilion in the Bio International Convention 2019. Photo © The Expo Review
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Under Secretary McKinney to Lead U.S. Exporters on Trade Mission to Colombia

Colombia and Panama are among the fastest-growing markets in the Western Hemisphere for U.S. farm and food products. American exporters seeking to tap that potential will join Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney in Bogotá for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s largest-ever international trade mission June 4-7.

“The record size of this trade mission delegation demonstrates the degree of U.S. exporter interest in these markets,” McKinney said. “I’m thrilled that representatives from 54 agribusiness and associations and six state departments of agriculture are on board and ready to connect with potential customers from both Colombia and Panama.”

The United States entered into free trade agreements with both countries in 2012 and, since then, agricultural export growth has been robust.

“Our food and farm exports to Colombia have nearly tripled, from $1.1 billion in 2012 to a record $2.9 billion in 2018. And while Panama’s a much smaller market, we’ve also seen our exports grow significantly, from $490 million in 2012 to $683 million last year,” McKinney said.

In addition to representatives from the following companies and organizations, McKinney will be joined by Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture Thom Petersen, Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Bettina Ring, and officials from the Georgia, Idaho, Missouri and Montana departments of agriculture.

Under Secretary McKinney will hold a teleconference from Bogotá with U.S. media on Wednesday, June 5 at 3:30 p.m., EDT. 

1. Agropur US, Appleton, Wis.
2. Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, Juneau, Alaska
3. Alltech, Nicholasville, Ky.
4. American Paint Horse Association, Fort Worth, Texas
5. American Peanut Council, Alexandria, Va.
6. Blue Diamond Growers, Sacramento, Calif.
7. Bridgepathway LLC, Jericho, N.Y.
8. Clarkson Grain Company, Inc., Cerro Gordo, Ill.
9. Columbus Vegetable Oils, Des Plaines, Ill.
10. Cornerstone Chaldees LLC, Marion, Ky.
11. Crider Foods, Stillmore, Ga.
12. Crown Products, Inc. Metairie, La.
13. Eastern Quality Foods, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
14. F3 Vineyards Inc., Las Vegas, Nev.
15. Federated Group, Arlington Heights, Ill.
16. Fieldstone Meats of Alabama, Inc., Oneonta, Ala.
17. Food Export Association of the Midwest USA, Chicago, Ill.
18. Global Export Marketing Co. Ltd., New York, N.Y.
19. JJ Martin Group LLC, Newark, N.J.
20. JM Grain, Garrison, N.D.
21. K&N’s Foods USA LLC, Fulton, N.Y.
22. Leprino Foods, Denver, Colo.
23. Metafoods, LLC, Atlanta, Ga.
24. Mid Valley Nut Company, Hughson, Calif.
25. Minnesota Beef Council, Maple Plain, Minn.
26. Minnesota Corn Growers Association, Shakopee, Minn.
27. Minnesota Farm Bureau, Eagan, Minn.
28. Minnesota Farmers Union, St. Paul, Minn.
29. Minnesota Pork Producers Association, Mankato, Minn.
30. Minnesota Pork Board, Mankato, Minn.
31. Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, Mankato, Minn. 
32. Minnesota Soybean Growers Association, Mankato, Minn.
33. Minnesota Turkey Research and Promotion Council, Buffalo, Minn.
34. Mountain States Oilseeds LLC, American Falls, Idaho
35. National Cotton Council of America, Cordova, Tenn.
36. Riviana Foods Inc., Houston, Texas
37. Rosina Food Products, Inc., Buffalo, N.Y.
38. Sagamore Spirit, Baltimore, Md.
39. Salsa God, LLC, New York, N.Y.
40. Select Foods, Delray Beach, Fla.
41. Shining Ocean, Inc., Sumner, Wash. 
42. TAMA Corporation, Doral, Fla.
43. Tomex Foods, Inc., Lombard, Ill. 
44. University of Minnesota Extension, St. Paul, Minn.
45. U.S. Dairy Export Council, Arlington, Va.
46. U.S. Grains Council, Washington, D.C.
47. U.S. Livestock Genetics Export, Inc., Mount Horeb, Wis.
48. U.S. Soybean Export Council, Chesterfield, Mo.
49. U.S. Wheat Associates, Arlington, Va.
50. USA Rice Federation, Arlington, Va.
51. Virginia Natural Beef Inc., Lexington, Va.
52. Whistling Andy Distilling, Bigfork, Mont.
53. Western United States Agricultural Trade Association, Vancouver, Wash.
54. Zafi Beverages & Technologies, Bensenville, Ill.

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Nicaraguan Coffee Production Predicted to Fall 15 Percent

The Nicaraguan coffee sector is in the middle of the worst crisis of the last decade. “With coffee prices plummeting to $89 per 45 kilogram (kg) bag in May 2019 and farmers not having access to credit, coffee exporters predict that coffee production could fall at least 15 percent in MY 2019/2020”, USDA Foreign Agricultural Service released the report on Friday, May 31, 2019.

Others estimate that coffee production could plummet more than 20 percent. In addition to the challenges of low international coffee prices, Nicaragua has been immersed in a social-political crisis since April 2018.

This has resulted in large-scale capital flight, forcing banks to curtail credit across all economic sectors. Coffee farmers do not foresee a short term solution to the crisis and expect that production numbers will continue on a downward trend beyond the 2019/2020 coffee harvest.

The 2018/2019 coffee harvest was good. Total coffee production in 2018/2019 reached over 3.1 million 45 kg bags or 2.3 million 60 kg bags, a slight decrease compared to the previous year.

Excellent climate conditions with rain well distributed throughout the year, and a homogenous ripening of the coffee beans contributed to a good harvest. Other positive factors included some farmers still having access to finance and recent renovations of 20,000 hectares of coffee plantations.

Coffee farmers anticipate at least a 15 percent drop in coffee production in MY 2019/2020. This is due to the poor management of the coffee plantations since 2018, a lack of access to finance, low international coffee prices, and the ongoing Nicaragua’s social-political crisis.

The 2018/2019 coffee harvest was a good one. Total coffee production in 2018/2019 reached over 3.1 million 45 kg bags or 2.3 million 60 Kg bags, a slight decrease compared to the previous year.

Excellent climate conditions with rain well distributed throughout the year, and a homogenous ripening of the coffee beans contributed to a good harvest. Other positive factors included some farmers still having access to finance and recent renovations of 20,000 hectares of coffee plantations.

Coffee is mainly produced in the North Central Region of Nicaragua with a range of altitudes from 365 to 1500 meters above sea level.

According to the most recent agricultural census, there are approximately 140,000 hectares planted with coffee, out of which 90 percent are being harvested. Common varieties include Caturra (72 percent) and Borbons, Paca, Catuai, Catimore, Maragogype and Pacamara (28 percent).

More than 97 percent of coffee producers are small with average farm size of less than 14 hectares. In the last five years, farmers have renovated more than 20,000 hectares of coffee. In 2013, Nicaragua allowed the cultivation of Robusta coffee in non-traditional coffee regions, including the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua.

There are about 2,100 hectares planted with Robusta coffee in the South Autonomous Caribbean Coast (RACS). Robusta production is approximately 30,000 60 kg bags (less than 2 percent of total production) and only used for the domestic market.

Coffee has been one of the country’s principal products in Nicaragua. Most of the Nicaraguan coffee is grown in the Jinotega, Matagalpa, and Nueva Segovia regions in the northern province.

It is known that Matagalpa Department produces the best bean quality. Most of the coffee produced in Nicaragua is the Arabica bean. It is grown at altitudes above 2500 feet.

Nicaragua coffee accounts for 1.4% of the world’s coffee production.

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ISC East Co-Locates with Infosecurity North America and Unmanned Security Expo in New York City this November

ISC East, sponsored by the Security Industry Association (SIA), the Northeast’s premier security industry convention for new products, solutions and technologies, last August announced its co-locating with Infosecurity North America and Unmanned Security Expo (USE). This move provides security professionals with even more opportunities to yield the benefits of robust educational sessions, listen to high-level speakers, explore new products and services, network with fellow security industry members and more. ISC East, Infosecurity North America and Unmanned Security Expo will take place November 14-15, 2018 at the Javits Center in New York City.

“New York is considered home to some of the most influential technology brands in the world. And given the city’s burgeoning cybersecurity space, bringing Infosecurity North America and Unmanned Security Expo here is a natural fit, as well as an excellent way to facilitate face time with the best and brightest the city has to offer,”said John Hyde, Exhibition Director, Infosecurity North America. “We’re on track to drive over 4,000 security professionals to the show this year – many of who are executive-level decision makers. Co-locating with these two additional leading security shows opens the door of opportunity, helping attendees meet new companies and professionals who all have one common goal: bringing home tangible tactics to fight complex, evolving cyber threats.”

The second year since its inception at ISC West in April 2017, USE provides an area solely dedicated to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), Unmanned Ground Robotics & Vehicles (UGVs), counter-drone solutions and the software and applications that support them. Attendees will have access to hands-on demos of the latest innovations in drone technologies, conversations with industry experts about changing FAA regulations, and more.

“With Infosecurity North America and Unmanned Security Expo co-locating with ISC East, attendees will have access to an abundance of resources and educational opportunities, arming them with the tools and skills needed to defend against today’s emerging cyber-physical security threats,” said Will Wise, Group Vice President of the ISC Security Portfolio at Reed Exhibitions. “We’re looking forward to having these powerhouse conferences under the same roof for the first time and bringing the brightest minds in security together to knowledge-share.”

Listed on Trade Show Executive’s Fastest 50 Lists, ISC East was named one of the “Fastest 50” growing shows in the country by Net Square Feet of Exhibit Space and is continuing to expand. Through its partnership with Infosecurity North America and USE, ISC East will attract more attendees than ever before, providing them with access to new companies, associations and industry peers, all in the same convention center.

ISC East is the Northeast United States’ security industry’s premier convention for new products, solutions and technologies. Each year, ISC East hosts international and domestic security product manufacturer companies and security professionals at New York’s Javits Center. The Security Industry Association is the sole sponsor of the ISC East event. The event is also proudly supported by the New York State Electronic Security Association (NYSESA), the New Jersey Electronic Security Association (NJESA), the Connecticut Alarm & Systems Integrators Association (CASIA), and the Pennsylvania Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (PBFAA). The 2018 show will take place November 14 & 15 at the Javits Center in New York. For more information or to pre-register, visit

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Robert De Niro to Keynote 2018 NAB Show New York

Actor, producer and director Robert De Niro will headline the Opening Keynote event on Wednesday, October 17 at NAB Show New York. In a Q&A with “Deadline Hollywood” Contributing Editor Dade Hayes, De Niro will discuss the future of film and entertainment, drawing on his four decades in the entertainment business.

NAB Show New York is produced by the National Association of Broadcasters and will be held October 17-18 at the Javits Convention Center. NAB Show is the world’s largest video, audio and broadcast event serving the digital media and entertainment industries. 

Robert De Niro launched his motion picture career in “The Wedding Party” in 1969. In 1974, he won the New York Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor in “Bang the Drum Slowly” and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for “The Godfather, Part II.” In 1980 he won his second Oscar, as Best Actor, for “Raging Bull.” Additionally, De Niro has earned Academy Award nominations for his work in “Taxi Driver,” “The Deer Hunter,” “Awakenings,” the remake of “Cape Fear” and “Silver Linings Playbook.” He directed “A Bronx Tale” in 1993 and “The Good Shepherd” in 2006.

In 2009, De Niro received the Kennedy Center Honor for his distinguished acting and the Stanley Kubrick Award from the BAFTA Britannia Awards. He was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2011 Golden Globe Awards and served as the jury president of the 64th Cannes Film Festival.

“Robert De Niro is a legendary actor, producer and director whose work spans decades and genres,” said NAB Executive Vice President of Conventions and Business Operations Chris Brown. “We’re honored to welcome him to this year’s NAB Show New York as he shares his insight and distinguished experience with attendees.”

De Niro co-founded Tribeca Productions with Jane Rosenthal. Through the production company, De Niro develops projects on which he serves in a combination of capacities, including producer, director and actor. Some examples include “A Bronx Tale,” “The Good Shepherd,” “The Wizard of Lies,” and “Meet the Parents.” De Niro co-founded the Tribeca Film Festival along with Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff. The annual event brings together visionaries across industries and diverse audiences to celebrate the power of storytelling.

De Niro’s next projects include Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” for Netflix, in which he stars and is producing with Scorsese. De Niro also will co-star in Warner Bros. Pictures’ upcoming “Joker,” based on the DC Comics character.

Produced by the National Association of Broadcasters, NAB Show New York will be held October 17 – 18, 2018, at the Javits Convention Center. With more than 14,000 attendees and 300+ exhibitors, NAB Show New York showcases the best in next-generation technology for media and entertainment professionals with conferences, workshops and exhibits focused on television, film, satellite, streaming video, live events, podcasting, advertising, corporate A/V, production and post. Learn more at

The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy association for America’s broadcasters. NAB advances radio and television interests in legislative, regulatory and public affairs. Through advocacy, education and innovation, NAB enables broadcasters to best serve their communities, strengthen their businesses and seize new opportunities in the digital age. Learn more at

*Source: National Association of Broadcasters

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The 124th Session of China Import and Export Fair Set to Meet Anticipating Attendees

The Press Conference for the opening of the 124th session of China Import and Export Fair was held in Canton Fair Complex in the morning of Oct 14th. Mr. Xu Bing, spokesperson of the Canton Fair, Deputy Director General of China Foreign Trade Center, introduced the characteristics, highlights and preparation of this session to press from home and abroad.

Xu Bing introduced that this year marks the 40th anniversary of reform and opening-up. Since its establishment in 1957, especially the 40 years after reform and opening-up. The Canton Fair has made great contribution for Chinese companies, products and brands to go global, to expand export and import, to build China into a big and strong trading nation, and to the development of an open world economy.

Xu Bing introduced that the whole arrangement of the 124th Canton Fair remains the same and exhibition size steady. The 124th session will still be held in three phases with a total exhibition area of 1.185 million square meters and 60,645 booths. There are 25,583 exhibiting companies from home and abroad. Phase 1 starts from Oct 15th to 19th, showing Electronics and Household Electrical Appliances, Lighting Products, Vehicles Spare Parts, Machinery, Hardware & Tools, Building Materials, Chemical Products and Energy Products. Phase 2 starts from Oct 23rd to 27th, showing Daily Consumer Goods, Gifts and Home Decoration Products. Phase 3 starts from Oct 31st to Nov 4th, showing Textile and Garment, Shoes, Cases and Bags, Recreation Products, Medicine and Healthcare Products and Food.

16 categories of products will be exhibited in 51 sections. In this session, there are 59,647 booths and 24947 exhibiting companies in the National Pavilion. The booth arrangement is as follows: 12,125 brand booths and 47,522 general booths, taking up 20% and 80% respectively. The number of exhibiting companies in 3 phases is: 8,735 in Phase 1, 7,561 in Phase 2, and 8,651 in Phase 3.

The International Pavilion will be set up in Phase 1 and Phase 3, with an area of 20,000 square meters. There are 998 booths and 6 product zones, and 636 enterprises and 10 national and regional delegation from 34 countries and regions.

Xu said that in this session we take the opportunity of brand booth review and structural optimization of exhibition sections. There are 3847 companies in the selection, whose demand for booths almost doubled the size of brand zone. 80% of the companies in the selection are those from the last session.

After strict selection process 2297 brand companies have been picked with 12125 booths arranged in the brand zone for them. Among them 31.5% are new exhibitors and 58% are production enterprises.

New exhibitors in New Energy, Pet Products and Outdoor Spa take account of 19.15% of the total, with better structure as well. In Area A Phase 3, 7 textile and garment industrial cluster in the Central Lane have been established including 4 national demonstration bases of the transformation of foreign trade, and formed a concentrated display of local feature industries.

In this session the expo will make good use of domestic and international markets and resources and improve the function of “selling to and buying from the globe”. 60% of overseas exhibitors are from “Belt & Road” countries and regions with 7 national delegations and 3 regional delegations.

In Phase 1 industrial products with high technological content and high-end brands will be displayed , in Phase 3 we consumer products with regional features, complementary advantage compared with domestic products and high market demand for import will be shown.

To improve trade matchmaking effect the fair will organize multiple trade matchmaking events to provide “one-stop” solution for suppliers and buyers.

Xu mentioned that in this session we will stick to the principle of “innovative, specialized, targeted and delicate”, focus on key sections and target markets, to provide a more convenient attending experience, more secure transactions and higher return for buyers.

Big-data driven digital marketing based on social media and search engine made the intelligent marketing improved to spur innovation in marketing mode.

The 124th Canton Fair will continue to provide information service, play Canton Fair’s role as a comprehensive multi-functional platform to boost quality development of foreign trade.

We will promote open economic development of different regions. To support local feature industries, products and brands to go global and to promote export, we’ve tapped into Canton Fair’s vast resource of buyers at home and abroad and will launch local industry promotion and trade matchmaking events according to their needs.

The fair will organize 105 promotion events for Guangdong Province, Hunan Province, Liaoning Province, Guizhou Province, Zhejiang Province, Jiangsu Province, Sichuan Province, Fujian Province, and Qingdao, Nanjing, Chengdu, Guangzhou cities etc.

629 companies with 1214 products have participated in the competition of 2018 CF Awards; both number a record high. After selection by the committee, 100 products from 77 companies have won Bronze, Silver, Gold and Best of Best Awards, and the awarding ceremony will be held during Phase 2.

There will be 20 events, covering the themes of international trade development, trade risk prevention and control, Sino-US trade friction, supplier-buyer matchmaking, IPR, fashion trend and more.

To improve the effect of Canton Fair product design and trade activities 107 design agencies from 14 countries and regions and 34 garment design brands participated in design display presenting abundant resource for the upgrading of enterprises.

In this session Canton Fair Original Design Fashion Show has been renamed “Canton Fair Fashion Week”; the multi-functional onsite area for events at Hall 7.1 will be used for relevant activities combing fashion show, color trend, trade analysis and so on.

“2018 Design Guangzhou” series activities will be a great momentum to build a bridge for global design and China’s manufacturing.

To accelerate the digital transformation of Canton Fair the heat map of crowd based on wifi usage in all the indoor exhibition halls and statistics and analysis service, showing the crowd situation with data launched at this show.

The badge application procedures has been improved. The environment of registration office becomes more optimized in Area A with 12 more green channels of online pre-registration.  It made possible badge pick-up service faster for those who already pre-registered.

The Opening Reception of the 124th Canton Fair and Canton Fair International Trade Development Forum was held in Westin Hotel in the evening of Oct 14th.

2018 Canton Fair Foreign Trade Innovation Development and CF Awarding Ceremony will be held in Conference Room No.8, Area B, in the afternoon of Oct 24. Briefing of China’s foreign trade situation (fall of 2018) will be held in the afternoon of Nov 3rd. Canton Fair dialogue will be held in the afternoon of Nov 3rd.

For further information you can go to the official website of China Import and Export Fair (Canton Fair)

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IMF Releases World Economic Outlook, October 2018

IMF released world economic outlook, October 2018 yesterday. The steady expansion under way since mid-2016 continues, with global growth for 2018–19 projected to remain at its 2017 level. At the same time, however, the expansion has become less balanced and may have peaked in some major economies. Downside risks to global growth have risen in the past six months and the potential for upside surprises has receded.

“The latest World Economic Outlook report projects that global growth will remain steady over this year and next, at last year’s rate of 3.7 percent”, Maurice Obstfeld, Economic Counsellor and Director of the Research Department of IMF said.

Global growth for 2018–19 is projected to remain steady at its 2017 level, but its pace is less vigorous than projected in April and it has become less balanced. Downside risks to global growth have risen in the past six months and the potential for upside surprises has receded. Global growth is projected at 3.7 percent for 2018–19—0.2 percentage point lower for both years than forecast in April.

The downward revision reflects surprises that suppressed activity in early 2018 in some major advanced economies, the negative effects of the trade measures implemented or approved between April and mid-September, as well as a weaker outlook for some key emerging market and developing economies arising from country-specific factors, tighter financial conditions, geopolitical tensions, and higher oil import bills.

Output losses after the 2008 financial crisis appear to be persistent, irrespective of whether a country suffered a banking crisis in 2007–08. Sluggish investment was a key channel through which these losses registered, accompanied by long-lasting capital and total factor productivity shortfalls relative to precrisis trends.

Policy choices preceding the crisis and in its immediate aftermath influenced postcrisis variation in output. Underscoring the importance of macroprudential policies and effective supervision, countries with greater financial vulnerabilities in the precrisis years suffered larger output losses after the crisis. Countries with stronger precrisis fiscal positions and those with more flexible exchange rate regimes experienced smaller losses. Unprecedented and exceptional policy actions taken after the crisis helped mitigate countries’ postcrisis output losses.

Inflation in emerging market and developing economies since the mid-2000s has, on average, been low and stable. IMF investigated whether these recent gains in inflation performance are sustainable as global financial conditions normalize.

First, despite the overall stability, sizable heterogeneity in inflation performance and in variability of longer-term inflation expectations remains among emerging markets.

Second, changes in longer-term inflation expectations are the main determinant of inflation, while external conditions play a more limited role, suggesting that domestic, not global, factors are the main contributor to the recent gains in inflation performance.

Third, further improvements in the extent of anchoring of inflation expectations can significantly improve economic resilience to adverse external shocks in emerging markets. Anchoring reduces inflation persistence and limits the pass-through of currency depreciations to domestic prices, allowing monetary policy to focus more on smoothing fluctuations in output.

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Boon Edam Launches Online, Interactive Troubleshooting Guides for Security Entrances

Lillington, North Carolina, 26 July 2018 – Boon Edam Inc., a global leader in security entrances and architectural revolving doors, is proud to announce the launch of new interactive troubleshooting guides for accelerating the diagnosis and problem-solving process for service technicians in the Americas. As part of the company’s commitment to providing the best support for its service partners, any registered technician with internet access, working on a Boon Edam security entrance can now view and interact with the troubleshooting guides.


Boon Edam Inc. continues to be the market leader in pedestrian security entrance solutions, according to a recent IHS Markit™ report, and, because of strong revenue growth over the past five years, particularly with Fortune 100 companies, the rate of product installations nationwide has also increased. In response to an increase in technical service calls, Boon Edam continues to find new ways to bring current and just-in-time information to on-site field technicians. For example, a few months ago, the company released a new online chat feature to the website.

The new online troubleshooting guides work as an algorithm, where the technician begins troubleshooting by selecting a product and then a particular issue from a list of the most common field issues. He or she then answers a series of “yes” or “no” questions to drill down to the solution.

“We’re excited to be adding to the self-service “tool bag” we’ve been putting together for the service technician,” says Kevin Thomasson, VP of Customer Experience, Boon Edam. “Technicians have a number of items in their arsenal already – phone support, a chat function on the website, new instructional videos, and even a traveling training program they can attend. These new troubleshooting guides are the latest addition, and give the technician just one more avenue to find answers to their service questions.”

The troubleshooting guides are currently available in English on three of Boon Edam’s most popular security products: the Circlelock mantrap portal, theTourlock security revolving door and the Speedlane Lifeline optical turnstile seriesTo obtain access to the troubleshooting guides, technicians should visit and fill out the form.


With work environments becoming increasingly global and dynamic, the smart, safe entry has become the center of activity in and around many buildings. Royal Boon Edam is a global market leader in reliable entry solutions. Headquartered in the Netherlands, with 140 years of experience in engineering quality, Boon Edam have gained extensive expertise in managing the transit of people through office buildings, airports, healthcare facilities, hotels and many other types of buildings.

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Russia’s Largest Industry Exhibition ‘INNOPROME 20018’ were occupied with stands representing over 600 companies from 20 countries


Russia’s largest industry exhibition ‘INNOPROME 20018’ that just took place on July 9-12  in Yekaterinburg became the main trade fair for industrial technology, equipment, and services and confirmed its status of the main site for industrial leaders.

50,000 square meters of exhibition space were occupied with stands representing over 600 companies from 20 countries, including Belarus, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Republic of Kazakhstan, Republic of Korea, RSA, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, and Switzerland.

The following 8 countries presented their national stands: Belarus, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Japan and, for the first time, Hungary, Slovakia and Switzerland.

This year INNOPROM, its main theme being Digital Manufacturing, dramatically increased the share of professional visitors in spite of introducing paid admission in 2018. A total of 46,000 badges were issued during exhibition operations. Compared with 2017, the structure of the exhibition audience shifted to where the share of processional participant (exhibitors, delegates) exceeded 76% of all visitors. Experts and participants who attended INNOPROM-2018 dubbed the event “the Russian Hannover.”

107 countries partook in INNOPROM-2018 as exhibitors, delegates, special guests, and corporate representatives. The number of robotics and machine building prototypes presented at INNOPROM increased more than two-fold: 394 items in 2017 against 813 prototypes in 2018.

The number of INNOPROM.METALWORKING exhibition and business program participants saw a 4.5-fold increase compared against 2017, when the event was held as a separate exhibition for the first time.

INNOPROM-2018 accommodated the signing of more than 100 agreements, including a large number of contracts and transactions, e.g. RCC signed an agreement on the launch of an autoclave line for the production of cathode copper (project investment estimated at RUB 45 bn); 17 agreements on cooperation with clients and partners of the Ural Bank of Sberbank; memorandum on the organization and participation in the partner format in the Global Industrial and Technical Exhibition and Big Industrial Week ARABIA-2019 Forum (signed at the stand of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia); and international agreements with Chinese and Korean manufacturers and officials.

In 2018, INNOPROM was much more popular with the press: 348 Russian and foreign media outlets covered exhibition operations; organizers issued over 1500 badges to media representatives.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Strategy and Finance of the Republic of Korea Kim Dong Yeon, First Vice Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy of the Republic of Korea Lee Inho, Vice Minister of Commerce of the PRC Gao Yan, Minister of Industry of the Republic of Belarus Vitaly Vovk, Minister of Energy and Industry of Qatar Mohammed Saleh Abdulla Al Sada, Minister for Industry and Mines of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria Youcef Yousfi, President of Palau Thomas Esang Remengesau, Deputy Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade of the Islamic Republic of Iran Barat Ghobadian and many other prominent foreign visitors were INNOPROM’s distinguished guests.

The exhibition enjoyed the support of the following international associations:  International Federation of Robotics (IFR),  German Engineering Federation (VDMA), Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), Korea Association of Machinery Industry (KOAMI), Korea International Trade Association (KITA), Korea Association of Robot Industry (KAR), Korea Institute of Robot Industry Advancement  (KIRIA), Swiss Association of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Industries (SWISSMEM), China Robot Industry Alliance (CRIA), and China Machinery Industry Federation (CMIF).

Next year, INNOPROM will further expand its Digital Manufacturing track in line with market, business, and Industry 4.0 trends.


In 2018, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Kozak made his first appearance at INNOPROM. He visited the Swiss national exhibit, DMG Mori stand, and joint stand of additive technologies. Kozak also conferred the National Industrial Award INDUSTRIA-2018 on Monocrystal, the largest global manufacturer of synthetic sapphires for the LED industry and consumer electronics. “Nowadays we need high-tech breakthrough initiatives that would hold promise for the future, and the Russian business has quite a few of them. Today it is my great pleasure to award heads of successful Russian companies with the National INDUSTRIA Award for major achievements in industrial innovations and ideas that are changing the world as we know it.”

INNOPROME 20018. Photo © INNOPROM Press Center

Denis Manturov, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, was the keynote speaker. On Day 1 of INNOPROM operations, the Minister toured the site. He visited the German, Italian, Japanese and Swiss national exhibits and the stands of Dassault Systèmes, Kuka Robotics, FANUC, ABAGY Robotic Systems, Siemens, DMG Mori, Zifra, and the joint stand of additive technologies.

The Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov said that the Ministry intended to change the format of its trade missions’ operations. Some employees will transfer to the Russian Export Center, and companies will have to pay for certain services provided by trade missions. The Minister shared, “We are updating our trade missions, changing the format and approaches to their operations. Some employees will be transferred to the Russian Export Center in order to support the provision of paid services. We made that decision a while back because companies do not understand the concept of a free service.” Manturov emphasized that the business community should not get an impression that trade missions were some unavailable structures incapable of providing assistance with the completion of business tasks.

Strategic Council on Investments in New ‪‎Industries entitled Increase in High-Tech Industrial Export: Opportunities and Issues met under the chairmanship of the Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov. The Strategic Council provided opportunities for interaction between industrial companies and representatives of the IT market. General Director of the Russian Export Center Andrey Slepnev talked about the plan to combine various export support institutions under the auspices of the REC by 2021, “Since we want to streamline regulation, we suggest the creation of a one-stop service under the aegis of the REC. Such service will incorporate all involved agencies and provide exporters with the opportunity to file all the necessary paperwork electronically. By 2021, we expect to launch this service and use it to cover at least 10% of all export operations.”
Russian Copper Company (RCC) plans to launch an autoclave line for the production of cathode copper at Mikheevskiy Ore Mining Mill in the Chelyabinsk Region. RCC President Vsevolod Levin said, “In 2014, we launched Mikheevskiy GOK with an annual capacity of 18 million tons. In 2017, its capacity was increased to 27 million tons of ore, and growing volumes prompted us to start copper concentrate conversion into cathode copper at the GOK site to optimize delivery costs and supply a higher added value product to the market.” According to Levin, the new production facility will annually yield 100,000 tons of copper cathodes, approximately 25,000 tons of nickel sulfate (an increasingly popular product used in electrocar batteries), and up to 350,000 tons of cobalt as marketable salt. The autoclave facilities will use up to 500,000 tons of copper concentrate from Mikheevskiy GOK as an input material as well as up to 750,000 tons of oxidized nickel ore from the Kulikovskaya field cluster (Chelyabinsk Region) licensed to the RCC. Project investment is estimated at RUB 45 bn. New facility will create over 1,000 high-tech jobs.

Interdepartmental Working Group on the Development of Additive Technologies approved the preliminary industry development plan until 2025. 59 members of the working group on the development of additive technologies convened at INNOPROM-2018. Evgeny Kablov, General Director of All-Russia Research Institute of Aviation Materials, spoke about the existing additive technology development plan for Russia through 2025, “We got involved as instructed by the Presidium of the Upgrade Council under the President of the Russian Federation. We were expected to generate a preliminary integrated plan for the use of additive technologies to make armament, military and special machinery. A total of 40 companies and over 50 experts took part in the work, and budget allocations are estimated at RUB 89 bn.” Head of the Federal Agency on Technical Regulation and Metrology Alexey Abramov presented his report on the development of national standards and implementation of the Additive Technology Program, “We have adopted as many as ten standards on additive technologies, and 17 are being developed. I think that we must be more active in accessing the ICO platform, as some of our national products are unique. We urgently need metering tools and means of assessing the parameters of a finished item. In order to accomplish this task, Scientific Research Institute for Optical and Physical Measurements was designated as the core center of competences.”

In 2019, Russia will organize the Global Industrial and Technical Exhibition and Big Industrial Week ARABIA-2019 Forum at the Egypt International Exhibition Center in Cairo. President of Formika Group Maxim Zverkov and General Manager of Egypt International Exhibition Center Mohammed Elamin Adel Abdelghaffar Ramadan signed the corresponding memorandum in the presence of the Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov. ARABIA-2019 will become the first foreign international exhibition and forum organized by Russia. Russia will serve as the Partner Country of the event in 2019.

Digital Manufacturing, one the most prominent event tracks, was selected as the main theme of INNOPROM-2018. Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov participated in the session Integrated Technologies in Industrial Production: Efficient Solutions. Production Director at Russian Helicopters Mikhail Rybakov talked about his company’s immediate plans and objectives, “A year and a half ago we decided to create a comprehensive digital platform for our holding. We sought to incorporate digital twins, digital testing sites, and digital manufacturing and integrate them not just within the holding, but also incorporate our suppliers and end clients. If we were to speak of goals and objectives, naturally we target R&D terms, production times, costs, and quality.”


INNOPROME 20018. Photo © INNOPROM Press Center

Day 1 of INNOPROM-2018 featured the Main Strategic Session People, Machines, Soft: Efficiency of Interaction with the participation of Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Kozak, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov, President of the International Federation of Robotics and Chairman of the Board at Yaskawa Corp Junji Tsuda, CEO of KUKA Robotics Stefan Lampa, Chairman of the Board and CEO of WIKA Alexander Wiegand, CEO of Siempelkamp Hans Fechner, and Chief Technology Officerat ABB Bazmi HusainAnton Atrashkin, Director of INNOPROM Business Program, moderated the Main Strategic Session. Discussion participants explored such basic trends of the Fourth Industrial Revolution as 3D printers, robotization, Big Data technologies, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things.

Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Kozak provided the following expert assessment of the level of robotization in Russia, “We have just 3 industrial robots per 10,000 employees, while the average worldwide number if 69, and digitalization leaders have more than 100 robots per 10,000 workers.”

Dmitry Kozak also talked about projected methods for increasing production efficiency, “We are launching technology contests to help us find solutions which will radically change product consumer characteristics. We have already approved the first 2 themes related to hydrogen power for motor transport and unmanned aircraft, as well as control systems for driverless vehicles operating under harsh winter conditions, which is particularly relevant for our country. The prize pool for these 2 contests is almost RUB 400mln.”
The Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov shared his stance on human involvement in future technological processes, “The transition to automated processes will allow for quality optimization and improvement. But I believe that the concept, design, and development of technological processes will always remain in the human domain.”

Chief Technology Officer at ABB Bazmi Husain expressed his opinion on the future of robotization, “Systems will be able to manage emergencies. What will happen with machines, people, and software then? All these components will undergo dramatic changes: machines will have to get smarter and learn to cognize the space around them and be aware of their own condition, and then they, let us put it this way, will have an easier time. Software must get to the point where it can manage cyberphysical interactions, which means that software must be able to predict situations and handle them, i.e. forecast its interactions with artificial intelligence.”


INNOPROME 20018. Photo © INNOPROM Press Center

The Republic of Korea served as INNOPROM-2018 Partner Country. Its delegation included approximately 400 corporate representatives and officials who engaged in more than 670 negotiations at the exhibition. INNOPROM featured the signing of 5 bilateral memoranda between Drone and Copter Express, IREA Chemicals and OZ Group, U-Jin Tech SD Group, Jin Sung Ent and Siberian Technology Company, Hwaseung Exwill and Leotec Group; the memorandum between Korea International Trade Association (KITA) and Middle Ural Development Corporation (MUDC) was signed as part of the Business Program.
The Korean exhibit was located in Pavilion 1 and at more than 3000 sq.m. was the largest exposition at INNOPROM. The Partner Country exhibit showcased 105 top Korean enterprises, including leaders in such industries as mechanical engineering, robotics, auto industry, power industry, industrial equipment, metalworking, and consumer goods. The most extensive stands showcased products manufactured by such industrial giants as Doosan Infracore, PT Coupling, Hyundai Motors (which presented its first hybrid e-car Ioniq electric), IRROBOT, TagTec, Jungwoo Motor, and Yongsung Electriс.

Kim Dong Yeon, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Strategy and Finance of the Republic of Korea, Lee Inho, First Vice Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy of the Republic of Korea, and Denis Manturov, Minister of Trade and Industry of the Russian Federation, participated in the opening of Korea’s national stand.

Special guests of the opening ceremony included: CEO of EWP Park Il Jun, Vice-President of KNTO Min Min Hong, Deputy Chairman of KOAMI Choi Hyeong Ki, Vice-President of KOTRA Yun Wonsok, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the Russian Federation Woo Yun Keun, President of KITA Kim Young Joo, President of Formika Group Maxim Zverkov and Governor of Sverdlovsk Region Evgeny Kuivashev.

In his welcome address, First Vice Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy of the Republic of Korea Lee Inho pointed out that “INNOPROM-2018 is more than just a trade fair. It is the first result of a top-level meeting which was held in July of 2018. At the meeting, the leaders of Korea and Russia agreed to pursue close mutually beneficial cooperation. At INNOPROM-2018, the Korean Government places special emphasis on mechanical engineering and innovative segments, such as robotics, electric cars, and drones.”

“It is a great honor for us that Korea decided to become the official Partner Country of the exhibition.  Other countries also participate in INNOPROM-2018, but the Republic of Korea expressed targeted interest in the event.  The Korean industrial sector has never organized such an extensive presentation of its capabilities in Russia,” Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov stated at the opening ceremony. He added that industrial trade turnover between the two countries grew by more than 25% in 2018 due to a steady increase in exports and imports.


INNOPROM-2018 Day 3 program featured the Russia-Korea Forum on Research Cooperation in Robotics.  Its participants included representatives of top Russian institutes and Korean robotics organizations which presented one of the world’s largest robotics clusters located in the city of Daegu. Daegu City Hall representative Shin Geong Chop talked about the creation of Daegu robotics research cluster, “Our cluster incorporates two institutes, robotics association, innovations development center, testing center, and 160 enterprises specializing in robotics, including such robotics giants as ABB and KUKA. Every year we hold a major global robotics forum, and I invite all session participants to attend our event. I hope that in November 2018 we can all meet in Daegu and continue the dialog which we started here at INNOPROM-2018.” 
The Memorandum on Cooperation signed by Russian and Korean robotics organizations at the Russia-Korea Forum became an INNOPROM-2018 landmark.


The Forum became an efficient B2B communication platform for small and medium component manufacturers and major Russian and international customers. The event attracted buyers from approximately 15 major Russian and foreign companies, such as STAN, Rostselmash, Lipetsk Machine-Tool Plant, RM-Terex, Galich Mobile Cranes Plant, Perm Factory Metal Centers, StankoMashStroy, DST-Ural, Grundfos, Volvo, etc.

Director of the Machine-Tool Building and Investment Machine Building Department of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Mikhail Ivanovpointed out the significance of the Forum for the development of Russian production, “That is a new format that we are using for the second year in a row at INNOPROM. The main idea is to bring together manufacturers of end products and companies which produce components and accessories. Let me remind you that the presence of a certain number of localized components in the final product indicates that the end product is made in Russia in accordance with the Government Decree No. 719. By the way, in the near future we will amend and modify existing regulations. We hope that Forum participants will not only exchange contacts, but also sign actual agreements and contracts.”


INNOPROM-2018 was held with the support of the Russian Export Center (REC). The REC brought 24 companies to the exhibition and organized INDEX Industrial Supply Forum as part of INNOPROM Business Program.

At the Forum, General Director of the Russian Export Center Andrey Slepnev shared his expert opinion on the current level of Russian exports, “I can say that even if we double our per capita export numbers, we will still fall behind Belarus in its present state, and I would not want to speculate about exports in, say, six years.” Andrey Slepnev also pointed out the 24.7% increase in non-primary energy export over January-April 2018 YOY. He expressed his opinion that in the next several years the majority of export operations would be done electronically, so we need to reform the system of foreign currency regulations, “We decided that our foreign currency regulation needed a major facelift. We have already given relevant instructions on the development of legislation which will eliminate penalties for the violation of the currency laws for exporters and all professional participants of external economic activities. We will issue warnings and monitor questionable transactions, but we agreed on the need to abandon the Draconian approach.”


Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Kozak conferred the National Industrial Award INDUSTRIA-2018.
Monocrystal, the largest manufacturer of synthetic sapphires for the LED industry and consumer electronics, was announced the winner. Monocrystal fully complies with the main criteria for applicant assessment, i.e. technological novelty, economic effect, interdisciplinary application, and export potential.

Award organizers pointed out that Monocrystal’s products could be “found in every second light emitting diode, every third smartphone, and every second Swiss luxury watch.”

In 2017, Monocrystal claimed 49% share of the global LED sapphire market. The company was the first in the world to grow sapphire crystals weighing 300 and 350 kg, which allows for high structural perfection. Currently, the Russian company’s products are highly sought after in industrial markets. Monocrystal exports synthetic sapphires to 25 countries.

A total of 90 companies from 20 Russian regions submitted their applications. Only 62 applicants complied with official selection criteria and were considered for the Award.

National Industrial Award INDUSTRIA was founded in 2014 by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation to assist with the implementation of promising industrial technologies in industrial production and to promote public recognition of best industrial development practices in Russian companies. The Award was assigned the Government award status in 2015.

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Altronix Expands Trove Access and Power Integration Solutions with Paxton Access



Altronix,s Trove2PX2. Photo © Altronix

 Altronix announced it has added Paxton Access to its expanding portfolio of Trove™ Access and Power Integration Solutions, which simplify board layout and wire management, greatly reducing installation and labor costs. Altronix Trove2PX2 seamlessly accommodates Paxton controllers providing a scalable, cost effective access control solution.

“Our collaboration with Paxton Access further simplifies the design and installation process for system integrators,” said Alan Forman, President, Altronix Corporation. “Trove facilitates a quicker and cleaner installation, which is ultimately more profitable.”

The Trove2PX2 includes a removable backplane which accommodates up to 12 Paxton Net2 plus series controllers. This allows installers to test and configure the access system prior to installation. Trove TPX2 also includes a tamper switch, mounting hardware and cam lock, along with ample room for wiring and to accommodate back-up batteries. 

“We are excited to partner with Altronix and release the compatibility of Paxton controllers with their Trove2 series,” said Chris Wilson, VP of Operations, Paxton Access. “This partnership provides dealers with more options to meet the needs of each installation, catering to a variety of our controller options and Altronix power supplies and accessories. It also allows our dealers yet another way to deliver Paxton’s world class solution to their customers.”

Altronix Corporation is the leading designer and manufacturer of quality low voltage electronics for the video surveillance, security, fire, access control and automation markets. Altronix’s U.S. corporate headquarters located in Brooklyn, NY with the latest manufacturing technologies for the highest levels of quality and performance. Altronix is an ISO 9001 registered firm. Altronix products are manufactured in the U.S.A. and carry a lifetime warranty.

With over 30 years of experience Paxton designs and manufactures market leading IP access control, cloud-based access control, wireless locksets, video door intercom, and building intelligence systems for smart buildings. Paxton’s US headquarters is located in Greenville, South Carolina and the company was established in 1985 in Brighton, United Kingdom.

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