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November 22, 2019

The Russian composites market may grow almost sevenfold by 2030

The priority directions of development of the Russian composite industry and its key players have been identified. The formation of the road map was discussed at a meeting in the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the press service of the Interindustry Engineering Center "Composites of Russia". Working out of a road map is spent within the limits of the Agreement between the government of the Russian Federation and SC "Rosatom" about workings out of technologies of creation of new materials and substances.

Experts predict that by 2030 the Russian composites market will reach 100 billion rubles, while in 2018 this figure was 15 billion rubles. Of course, the main consumers will remain aviation and space, wind energy, a little less - construction industry and shipbuilding. Composite materials will also be needed for sports goods production.

"Aviation with space will continue to be the largest market for composites," Vadim Mikrin, Deputy General Director for Business Development of ITEKMA LLC, told Stimulu. - The most interesting Russian project, which will require a lot of composites, is the MS-21 aircraft. Its so-called black wing is made of carbon composite materials. If sales of this airliner go well, the project will become one of the major drivers of carbon plastic consumption in the aviation industry. The space segment will also grow, but not as fast as the aviation industry: not as many spacecrafts are being built. Of the new ships that will use composites is the Eagle (formerly PTC Federation). Our materials are now being supplied to manufacture prototype parts and rigging for this ship".

According to the specialist, another major market is related to unmanned aerial vehicles. According to publicly available information, these are Kronstadt drones, their glider is completely made of carbon plastic. Their size is quite large, and if many of these drones are made, it will also become one of the market drivers. Wind power can also become a significant incentive for the production of composites. Blades and cases for large industrial wind generators are made of composite materials.

"In the construction industry, this is a relatively new technology for external reinforcement of supporting structures," says Vadim Mikrin. - This segment is also growing quite strongly now. For example, when reconstructing a bridge or building, you need to strengthen the supporting structures. There are technologies with the use of metal: new reinforcement is installed, cement is superimposed. But this significantly increases the volume and weight and is also quite expensive, not to mention the aesthetic component. With composites everything happens in the following way: carbon tape is taken and with the help of special glue is glued on those structures that need to be strengthened. The tape is glued, for example, directly onto the bridge beams and takes up some of the load. This is much simpler and even with expensive carbon tape it is cheaper in the end. Often it's not even necessary to stop the operation of the facility.

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