KAZAN, May 25 (Itar-Tass) —Tatarstan sis launching the construction of Russia’s first plant for the production of composite materials - carbon fibres in the Alabuga special economic zone (SEZ). President of the republic Rustam Minnikhanov on Friday will lay a symbolic stone in its foundation, the press service of the republic’s head told Itar-Tass.
Director General of the Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom Sergei Kiriyenko, Deputy Economic Development Minister Oleg Savelyev and Director General of the Composite company Leonid Melamed are expected to attend the ceremony.
“The Alabuga-Fibre company is starting the construction of the plant for the production of carbon fibres used in aviation, space industries, nuclear power, as well as in the automotive industry, capital construction,” the SEZ head Timur Shagivaleyev said. According to him, this project has no analogues in Russia yet.
Compared to steel or light aluminium, materials based on carbon fibres or carbon composites, according to experts, have unique properties - ultra high strength and fatigue resistance. At the same time the new material is many times lighter in weight than any metals.
The founder of Alabuga-Fibre is the national holding Composite. The volume of investments at the first phase of the project will amount to about 2.5 billion roubles. Rosatom, as well as aircraft manufacturers and automakers will be among the largest consumers of the new products.
Alabuga-Fibre is the 25th resident of the Alabuga industrial zone that was opened on the right bank of the Kama River in November 2007. Enterprises are being built here and companies from Germany, Denmark, Italy, Russia, the United States, Turkey, France, South Korea and Japan have partly started to turn out products.