Russian construction materials manufacturer TechnoNicol Corporation has opened a new plant to make plastic roofing drainage systems including drain pipes at its base operation in Ryazan near Moscow.
The company invested nearly €21.5m in the project to establish this highly automated facility which has created 60 new jobs.
TechnoNicol officially launched its new unit at a ceremony held on 19 July. Ryazan Region governor Nikolai Lyubimov and the company’s operations director Igor Brizgunov together formally pressed the start button to launch production.
TechnoNicol’s new operation will produce a range of drainage system components such as pipe, water intake funnels, connecting gutters and protective grilles for use on low-rise homes.
The PVC products will deal with rainwater and snow melt roof drainage in a temperature range from -50 to + 50 degrees centigrade, confirmed the company.
TechnoNicol, based in Ryazan city, set up its latest production unit in a factory in Ryazan’s eastern industrial complex previously occupied by the former Russian car and truck manufacturer ZiL which ceased production in 2012.
“Despite the difficult economic conditions, TechnoNicol Corporation in our region is actively developing and opening up new and advanced production (units) in the Russian Federation,” commented the governor.
He added that he hoped companies like the materials maker would be able to take over and develop further plants at other sites formerly occupied by ZiL. Brizgunov said his firm plans to “reconstruct” all local factories the automotive group owned by 2023.
“Now is not the easiest time for large projects, but we are implementing similar investment projects worth up to half a billion roubles (€7.16m)”, the executive confirmed.
TechnoNicol has installed in the plant a range of plastics extrusion and injection moulding lines supplied by leading western machinery manufacturers including Austria’s Engel and the German firm Theysohn Extrusionstechnik.
The firm stressed that its modern equipment and raw materials will enable it to ensure its product quality matches the highest world standards. The firm said it is gradually increasing the amount of domestic Russian produced PVC, so reducing dependence on imported raw material and the production costs.
TechnoNicol has 52 production plants in Russia and six European countries including Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, Lithuania, Belarus, Italy and the UK.