Representatives of 38 cement plants from Russia and the countries of the former USSR took part in the work; the main cement holdings are Stern-Cement, Aton, Peter the Great from Russia, Holcim (Switzerland), Lafarge (France), Dyckerhoff and Heidelberger (Germany), Titan (Greece); representatives of the Gosstroy and the mayor’s office of St. Petersburg; investment banks and funds; large cement consumers such as manufacturers of dry mixes and concrete; trading companies.
A wide representation of manufacturers of building materials has allowed manufacturers of equipment and materials to establish useful contacts with their future consumers. The conference and exhibition, which was deployed in the lobby (23 stands), were attended as integrated companies supplying turnkey plants – Volgocemmash (Russia), FLSmidth (Denmark), KHD and Polysius (Germany), PSP (Czech Republic) and companies specializing in the production of individual units and materials – refrigerators, cyclones, automation, dispensers, packaging machines, laboratory equipment, refractories, bags, heat-resistant castings, etc.
The conference program included 37 lectures and lecture presentations by F.L.Smidth. These reports allowed participants to familiarize themselves with the situation in the cement industry in a number of CIS countries, the situation at enterprises, modern achievements in the field of technology and equipment for the production of cement, dry mixes and other materials based on cement. All these questions aroused keen interest and were discussed by the participants, both in the conference hall, and at the exhibition stands and on the sidelines, during coffee breaks, lunches, evening receptions.
Despite the intensive work, it was possible to allocate time for informal communication. Participants were given the opportunity to attend ballet at the Mariinsky Theater, take a city tour, take part in two evening receptions and a gala dinner on the occasion of the closing of the conference.