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Uzmetkombinat has started production of thermal insulation based on basalt fiber

Uzbekistan-located enterprise JSC Uzmetkombinat has mastered the production of various basalt thermal insulation products: needled mats, insulation boards, mineral wool.

To produce new types of products, the enterprise has purchased innovative equipment and a modern production line with no parallel in the Central Asia.

JSC Uzmetkombinat was founded in 1956 as a ferrous metallurgy enterprise, engaged in recycling steel scrap delivered by all the republics of Central Asia. However, the decline in scrap supply and a high demand for a modern environmentally friendly insulation material forced the company to master a new direction – the production of staple basalt fibers. 2015 witnessed the first thousand tons of this structural material produced from the raw material to have been mined in the quarry of Jizzakh region.

Muzaffar Satimov, the head of the JSC Uzmetkombinat’s department for the production of thermal insulation believes the company to have opened a new chapter not only in the plant operations but also in the development of the construction industry of the country in general.

“The ratio price – quality in the local market is clearly in favor of basalt fiber that is a fire-resistant, durable, eco-friendly material,” – says Satimov.

For last two months, the plant has produced 886 tons of products worth nearly 2.5 billion soums (about $ 850,000), the order for five thousand tons of thermal insulating fabric for sandwich panels is now in work. The company’s specialists are now dealing with setting up export deliveries.

Rich deposits of basaltic rocks in Uzbekistan give impetus to the development of production: the city of Jizzakh is building a plant for the production of continuous basalt fiber. The scientists of the country are working on the development of basalt technologies. We have recently informed that Uzbekistan patented a phosphate-modified process of STBF manufacture.

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