The project was discussed at the venue of the Alabuga SEZ with the participation of delegates from UMATEX Group, Clusters and Technoparks Association, Ministry of Industry and Trade, and Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, as well as companies and executive authorities from the regions participating in the project.
The strategic session participants articulated the main goals and objectives of the Cluster being created, discussed the promising industry-specific projects and determined the main stages of the Industrial Composite Cluster formation.
Initially, the Interregional Composite Cluster is going to focus on carbon fiber. However, the world practice knows examples of the projects focused exclusively on basalt fiber and basalt fiber based products, for instance, the Nelson Mandela Bay Composites Cluster (South Africa).
Andrei Shpilenko, the Director of the Clusters and Technoparks Association says that about 50 companies, related to the composite industry, have expressed their willingness to join the Industrial Composite Cluster. Whereas, Alexey Besprozvannykh, the Director of the department of Regional Industrial Policy attached to Russia’ Ministry of Industry and Trade notes:
The Interregional Cluster being created at the initiative of composite enterprises will not only lead to better growth of the composite industry in Russia, but will also ensure the development of non-resource exports, as well as new points of economic growth in the regions.
On a preliminary basis, the Cluster should be created before the year ends and 2018 will see the implementation of the joint composite projects. Among other things, the Cluster participants will be able to get state support to realize these initiatives. Also, the possibility of establishing the composite cluster in Chelyabinsk region was discussed early this year.