In 2017, Rosatom’s UMATEX Group captured 50% of the Russian carbon fiber market and exported 320 tons of fiber. Alexander Tyunin, CEO of UMATEX Group, announced this during the presentation of the Composite Materials Project to Russian Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov.
According to Alexander Tyunin, composite materials will find broader use in the nuclear industry, gas-powered vehicles and production of sports goods in Russia.
But for these prospects to materialize, it is necessary to streamline the certification process for composite materials and legally oblige manufacturers to use Russian-made composites provided that such materials are competitive – Alexander Tyunin asked Denis Manturov to support this initiative.
“I will give instructions to accelerate the certification procedure. As for exports, we have all the administrative tools needed. We only have to apply them correctly to your project,” Manturov replied.
UMATEX Group is Russia’s largest and a top 10 global producer of carbon fiber products. The company has set an ambitious goal of fully substituting imported composite materials with Russian products.