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Posted: Aug 26, 2011
Europe's Largest Factory for Nanostructured Membranes Breaks Ground in Russia
(Nanowerk News) On August 17, 2011, a cornerstone-laying ceremony was held in Vladimir. Those present watched as the first stone in the foundation for a new factory was put in place. The factory will produce membranes and membrane separating modules for industrial and domestic water purification systems. Vladimir Oblast First Deputy Governor for Industry and Economic Policy Vladimir Veretennikov, RUSNANO Managing Director Alexander Kondrashov, and RM Nanotech General Director Ivan Bazhenov, took part in the ceremonies. RM Nanotech is producer of the membranes and factory owner.
The budget for the project that RM Nanotech will realize is 1.93 billion rubles. That sum includes co-investment of 810 million rubles from RUSNANO. Vladimir-based company Vladipor, which has been manufacturing polymer membranes, separating elements, and units incorporating them for over ten years, is the other co-investor.
The project will establish state-of-the-art technology industrial production of composite ultra-, nanofiltration, and reverse osmosis membranes and roll-fed filtration modules, all to be produced in Russia. The project's target customers are engineering companies producing water purification systems for end users and businesses in the chemical, pharmaceutical, and food industries.
The factory will be commissioned in 2012. It will have design capacity of 2.5 million square meters of membrane and 200,000 modules per year-the largest factory of its kind in Europe.
"The idea of Russia as the base for competitive industrial-scale production of membrane elements goes back a long way, to the 1980s," says RUSNANO's Kondrashov. "At last, it has become possible to build a factory with modern automated lines and sophisticated processes that equal European standards. Thanks to an optimal ratio of price to quality, we foresee taking a healthy share not only of the Russian market but of the Europe membrane market as well by 2013."
"In this project we get to realize the accumulated potential that Russian scientists developing production methods for membranes and membrane units have left to us. We'll establish high-tech production in Russia. With better quality and other advantages-we'll take back the domestic market from foreign producers of similar products. We'll make a real contribution to innovative development in the country," Ivan Bazhenov predicted.