Kaluga industry has won the support of another foreign brand. A new plant for the production of technical textiles of French company Porcher Industries opened on December 18th in the Borovskoy district of Russia's Kaluga region.
The new plant will make products for aviation and rocketry and as well as other state-of-the-art industries.
There has been a shortage of quality technical textiles for many areas of industrial activities in Russia. Automotive, rocket and defense industries begin a gradual transition from traditional materials - steel and aluminum alloys - to composite ones. Composite materials are superior to their outdates steel analogues, as they are more durable, resistant to corrosion and, most importantly, have a much lower weight.
Back in the beginning of February, Kaluga Region Governor Anatoly Artamonov took part in the signing of the agreement with French company Porcher Industries.
Speaking about the importance of expanding business partnership with the French company, Anatoly Artamonov stressed that strengthening these economic relations contributes to the stable increase of the industrial potential of the Russian region. He also pointed out the importance of international cooperation for the organization of modern production of advanced, special purpose materials. The new plant, the governor said, will become a part of the cluster of high-tech businesses, which is formed in the north of the Kaluga region.
The significance of this project for the region and for the country as a whole finds confirmation at the federal level too. The head of the Duma Committee on Economic Policy, Igor Rudensky, told Pravda.Ru that the production of new materials was an industry of the future.
"Composite materials are generally innovative materials. This is our future. I think that such enterprises are vital for us. In principle, all industries will eventually switch to composite materials. They come to replace old technologies; I think that this is the future growth of our industry and economy. Therefore, attracting such investment in our country is highly positive. The opening of this plant in the Kaluga region is highly positive too," said Mr. Rudensky.
French company Porcher Industries is a well-known brand whose products and capital are now represented in the Kaluga region. The interest of the world's largest corporations in the region shows a favorable effect on the budget and on the general image of the region.
The main profile of the French partners is the production of technical textiles used in aviation, aerospace, automotive, electronics, construction and other industries.
The new plant in the Kaluga region will produce technical textiles: carbon fabrics with different technical characteristics, as well as other types of textiles, such as glass, aramid, and others.
Representatives of many famous Russian industrial and defense companies attended the opening ceremony of the plant. The CEO and President of Porcher Industries was also present.
It is worth mentioning that this is the first plant of the company in Russia. The production capacity during the first stage will make up from 20 to 40 tons a year.
Two and a half million euros invested in the construction of the plant by the French side helped to create 30 new jobs. As compared with other companies of the new economy, this does not seem to be an impressive number. However, the new venture is another example of successful investment policy of the government and the governor of the region.
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