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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Hannover Messe Opening Highlights German-Russian Relations

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, seen here in this file photo, opened Hannover Messe with a speech about their respective countries’ trade relationship. Source: Open Democracy

The largest industrial trade fair opened in Hannover today with a joint speech from the heads of host country Germany and partner country Russia.

Hannover Messe encompasses 11 industry trade shows in one massive convention. Under the theme of “Integrated Industry,” Hannover Messe will showcase top industrial technologies from premier manufacturing companies hailing from all over the world, going on now through April 12. This year, Hannover Messe chose Russia as its partner country to spotlight the strong trade relationship Russia and Germany have. In 2012, the countries benefited from $104 billion in trade revenue, with the past five years totaling $452 billion.

At the opening ceremony on April 7, Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his hopes for the spotlight on Russia at Hannover Messe.

“I am confident that Russia’s participation as the main partner country of the fair will give a powerful impetus to contacts between Russian and German entrepreneurs, and will encourage new promising joint projects,” RT quoted him as saying.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel echoed these sentiments, calling for an active Russian civil society to capitalize on Russian raw material deposits.

“We believe this can happen most successfully when there is an active civil society,” she said, as Yahoo! News quoted. “We must intensify these discussions, develop our ideas, and we must give the NGOs, who we know as a motor for innovation, a good chance in Russia.”

Stay tuned to IMT publications such as the IMT Machining Journal, IMT Career Journal, IMT Green & Clean Journal, and hub site Industry Market Trends for more Hannover Messe stories throughout the week.

Brian Lane

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