A plant for manufacturing basalt fiber reinforced composite products Kompozitor is experiencing large-scale reconstruction.
The reconstruction is scheduled to be completed in spring 2018 with an eight-fold increase in plant capacity. Being part of Basalt projects GC and located in the Tver Region, the manufacturing facility is currently implementing a reconstruction and modernization project aimed at expanding manufacturing space and product range.
Over the previous 7-8 months, the company carried out a research project to optimize the technological processes for manufacturing both traditional products (rebar, mesh, profiles) and new ones, which will soon be available for the construction industry.
Dmitry Dolgiy, General Director of Kompozitor (21st Century LLC), shared the project details and goals with us:
“The number of manufacturing facilities using basalt fiber in the technological process is insufficient in Russia. Despite the fact that basalt is rarely used as a raw material to manufacture products, this sector offers tremendous opportunities.
However, the construction market is filled with “grey” products, which quality does not stand up to scrutiny, but facilities manufacturing basalt products of high quality are deplorably few in number. The operational capacities of our enterprise were restricted in development due to the lack of manufacturing space and partly outdated, partly ineffective technological equipment.
As a result of our efforts and taking into account the experience gained from basalt raw materials utilization, the company decided to reconstruct the existing manufacturing facility.
The project includes not only new industrial premises and warehouses but also the complete modernization of the manufacturing facility with contemporary machinery, chosen with due regard to our own best practices.
The efforts will lead to the launch of a technologically updated, contemporary manufacturing facility with a maximum level of mechanization and optimized manufacturing cycle.
The company experts have solved a very important issue of versatile equipment. Currently, it is possible to produce a wider range of products on the same machinery with minimal changes in their design. It is worth saying that we always work on increasing machinery productivity, we create and test new, internally developed production units.”
Reconstruction of Kompozitor is expected to significantly expand the product range, including the manufacture of pultrusion profiles of various shapes, basalt rebar with diameters up to 36 mm, basalt fiber, and basalt mesh.
The list does not end here since there are more products whose technological production processes are at the final stage of development. And the company’s management believes these products to be launched in full-scale production in the near future.
New spacious industrial premises and warehouses are designed and built with due regard to both current enterprise modernization and with the prospect of further development, which will allow the product range to be expanded in the near future.