Smart Industry, a quadruple fair of four specialised international trade fairs – IFAM, ROBOTICS, ICT4Industry, and INTRONIKA, was for the second time held in GR – Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre. The purpose of the Smart Industry fair, organised by ICM Company, is to present Slovenian industry the latest products and solutions in the field of high technology, thus help it to quickly develop and introduce cutting edge solutions in order to cope with challenges in the European and world’s market.
The quadruple fair goes back for more than 15 years when in 2004, the ICM in collaboration with company AX Elektronika organised the first B2B conference with an exhibition titled Trends and Technologies of Automatization. »Already next year, « says Toni Laznik from ICM, »the first steps towards the today’s fairs were done with the conference joined by 28 companies and 624 registered attendees. The event was later moved to Celje and then, finally, two years ago to GR – Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre’s halls. «
ICM team decided two years ago to choose the GR – Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre as the new and future venue of the growing in size and importance Smart Industry Fair “Due to the strategic direction and development of our fair,” said Toni Laznik for Kongres Magazine, “that demands in this time and in the future years exactly such location in exactly such conditions as the GR in Ljubljana can provide.” In addition, Laznik pointed out, “The GR has a very professional and diligent team in which we found not just an excellent partner but almost as if they were our colleagues from our firm who understand us and who are extremely constructive and real team players.”
This year, on the 15th edition of the fair, a record number of more than 90 exhibitors showcased their products, solutions and success stories to a record number of more than 3,000 registered visitors from nine countries, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Austria, Italy, Serbia, Belgium and Germany. The highlight of the three-day event were robots which were even faster and more precise than last year. Toni Laznik emphasizes that “Not only the fair’s but also the world’s novelty was the so-called air skin which enables you to easily turn an industrial robot into a collaborative one.”
Displayed were also numerous novelties from the automatization field as well as from the digitalisation process, and the newest solutions and products from the industrial and professional electronics. “All of this together,” says Laznik, “creates a unique professional B2B fair which is complemented with an extremely rich programme of lectures, roundtables, and workshops under one name – the Business Forum.” Next year, the fair is believed to be even bigger and bringing even more robotic novelties into the region and, thus, re-affirming the GR’s significance in the regional arena of fair and exhibition hosting.