A Russian medical equipment manufacturer Granat Bio Tekh is planning to launch a new €16.6m plant to mould plastic tubes and other disposable products close to Moscow.
Company executives and regional government officials took part in a ceremony earlier this month (April) to lay the foundation stone for the facility in the special economic innovation zone at Dubna.
The town, located north of the Russian capital between Moscow and St Petersburg, has been designated a special science development centre.
Granat’s new complex, to comprise three buildings with a total area of 17,000m2, is aimed at developing and producing plastic vacuum tubes for blood sampling and other disposable products for medical laboratory use.
The Granat operation, due to create more than 152 jobs, is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2018, according to SEZ Dubna.
The zone already includes industrial clusters of companies focused on developing bio and medical technology and composite materials.
It was last year that Granat first presented plans for the new development to the authorities and selected and prepared the SEZ Dubna site. The project is already running ahead of schedule, according to Granat Bio Tekh’s chief executive Alexander Shishov.
Initially, products from the new facility will be aimed at clinical diagnostic medical laboratories across Russia. But its future output, produced at a lower price than imports, will be suitable for export, pointed out Denis Butsaev, Moscow region’s investment and innovations minister at the foundation ceremony.