TechnoNICOL Corp., the Russian construction materials manufacturer, has broken into the building films business with its launch of a dedicated €16.4m plant in western Russia.
This 100m m2 per year capacity unit, operated by a newly-established subsidiary TechnoNICOL Alpha, was officially opened in April at the group’s main industrial centre of Ryazan south of Moscow.
It was jointly launched at an inauguration ceremony by Ryazan Region governor Nikolai Lyubimov and TechnoNICOL group president and co-owner Sergey Kolesnikov.
The new facility, which is creating 35 new jobs, will turn out a range of multi-layer moisture and wind resistant insulating films and membranes. They incorporate a variety of non-woven polyester, aluminium, non-woven polypropylene and coated vapour permeable polyurethane materials.
These products are used to protect thermal insulation in roofing and the facades of building structures. TechnoNICOL developed the new products employing both international technology and its own scientific centres, it said.
TechnoNICOL plans to supply its innovative ‘Alpha Vent’ and ‘Alpha Barrier’ film products both in the Russian domestic market and beyond to the former CIS countries and elsewhere in Eastern Europe.
Today, Russia’s market for such specialised film materials amounts to just 350 million m2, the group pointed out.
“Today, we are launching probably the most modern production of building films in Russia. This is a unique plant, with advanced equipment installed which has none comparable in our country,” declared group president Kolesnikov.
Including this new operation, TechnoNICHOL now has a total of fifty-four production plants in Russia and abroad. The new plant also benefits from company’s long experience with the principles of lean manufacturing, with efficient operations achieving a high level of productivity
This facility has also been constructed with the good of the environment in mind, the firm said. The plant’s energy efficiency is reflected in its closed loop water use and zero vehicle pollutant emissions, as electric, rather than diesel cars are used.
TechnoNICOL Alpha’s second development phase will include the launch of a materials recycling line, with all waste processing contained on site, according to the Russian group.