Subsidiary of ROSATOM State Atomic Energy Corporation – UMATEX Group, signed agreements with Indian companies for localization of the carbon fabrics production based on Russian carbon fibre. The new initiative opens new area of co-operation between the countries in the field of nuclear energy beyond construction of nuclear power plants.
This was disclosed by Alexander Tyunin, Director General of UMATEX Group at a press interaction on the side line of Composite World Exhibition 2017 in Paris.
“Currently for carbon fibre products India needs to depend on supplies from other countries. We are ready for localization of carbon fibre products in India, as well as support joint development and production of consumer goods, including helmets and high pressure cylinders”, said Alexander.
According to him, Russian and Indian side will also explore the opportunities for localization in India of the prepreg production based on carbon fibre and supplying of multifunctional resins and other epoxy systems from India for the production of prepregs in Russia.
“Today, composites are increasingly replacing metals in aircraft, motor industry and shipbuilding, wind energy, medicine, construction and other industries,” Tyunin added.
“ROSATOM has proved to be a reliable partner of India in such a strategically significant area like nuclear energy. The decision to localize production confirms Russia’s readiness to share modern technology with its strategic partner India and go beyond the construction of nuclear power plants,” said Alexey Pimenov, Regional Vice President of Rusatom International Network, which operates a Regional centre of ROSATOM in Mumbai. “The new co-operation with Russia will enable a number of industries in India to reach a new level through the use of high-tech materials.”
According to him, the localization of production will reduce the cost of the final product and, accordingly, will create opportunities for joint work of Russia and India in the third countries in Asia and Africa.
UMATEX Group is performing research and development, and producing PAN precursor, carbon fibre, fabrics, prepregs, and various items of composite materials on a commercial scale.