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Altai composite cluster (Russia) to get support in the work with state corporations

Altai composite cluster (Russia) to get support in the work with state corporations

The agreement made between the Administration of Altai Krai and the Federal Corporation for the Development of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises is aimed at the development of interaction between SMEs and infrastructure monopolies.

The official website of Altai Krai informs that the agreement has been concluded with a purpose to establish direct interaction between representatives of small & medium-sized businesses and major customers from state-owned enterprises.

Companies that offer products required by specific consumers will enjoy full support, which comprises an action plan with a range of measures, starting from staff training and assistance in the acquisition of equipment, and ending with the development of optimal logistic schemes and obtaining loans from partner banks.

The companies involved in clusters, including Altai polymer cluster, will be the first to enjoy this opportunity.

Ninety federal customers have already been involved in the implementation of the program, including The Federal Road Transport Agency (Rosavtodor), which received information about 127 potential suppliers in the region.  The process is currently going on to determine a range of products to supply. Highway engineers are primarily interested in the innovative developments made by the composite cluster, such as geogrids, geomembranes, and reinforcement rods. The executive team of Rosavtodor plans to soon visit Altai Polikompozit and meet with the heads of the cluster companies at the roundtable.

In mid-September, a delegation of leading design organizations of the region visited the cluster enterprises in order to get first-hand information about the manufactured composite products and to learn about their technical properties, certification, scope and prices.

The NP Altai Polymer Composite Cluster includes enterprises, mostly from small and medium businesses, that provide over 800 people with jobs and produce more than 500 kinds of products. At the end of 2015, the volume of production amounted to 1.73 billion rubles. By 2020, the initiative group plans to expand the range of products to thousands of items. These include innovative utility poles made from glass and basalt plastics, which have already been installed for testing at a region’s enterprise.

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