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New Russian carbon fiber plant in the Republic of Tatarstan

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13 Jun 2012

The plant for reprocessing of carbon fiber Alabuga-Volokno is a joint project of the HC Composite and ROSATOM. A total cost of the project is $100 millions USD of which $40 millions is allocated by ROSATOM (other $60 millions come from the federal budget).

Last month in the special economic zone Alabuga, the Republic of Tatarstan the ground-breaking ceremony of the Alabuga-Volokno plant was held. The ceremony was attended by President of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov, Director General of ROSATOM Sergey Kirienko and Director General of the Holding Company Composite Leonid Melamed.

The capacity of the first process line will be 1,500 tons of carbon fibers a year. The plant will be commissioned in the first quarter of 2013. It is expected that by the end of 2013 already the plant will be able to reach an output of 70% of the design capacity.

According to Director General of ROSATOM Sergey Kirienko, “The commissioning of the new, up-to-date productions, equipped to the latest engineering standards will allow us to become competitive in the world market of composite materials. Today, their fabrication in Russia appears modest. A capacity of plants existing in Russia is only 500 tons of carbon fiber a year. The new enterprise will be able of producing three times more products, while its quality will be comparable to the world’s best analogs.”

Director General of the Holding Company Composite Leonid Melamed noted that “The construction of the new plant Alabuga-Volokno is quite in line with the international trends: the leaders of the world composites industry are actively build-up new production capacities. In many respects this is due to the plans of leading car-making concerns that have declared the intent to launch a series production of cars made of carbon plastic.” According to Melamed, production capacities of Alabuga-Volokno will enable Russia to have 2-3% of the world market of carbon fiber.