Belarus has seen the official unveiling of its first plant for the production of extruded polystyrene (XPS) foam heat insulation panels.
Russian building materials group TechnoNicol Corporation formally opened the €12m facility at Osipovichi, south-east of the Belarus capital Minsk, last week. The plant is due to sell its panels both in the domestic market and exported to European countries.
TechnoNicol’s new operation has a capacity to manufacture 360,000m3 of the polystyrene insulating panels, sufficient to provide material both for large construction developments and networks of DIY retail outlets.
This project, which has led to the creation of 30 new jobs at the site, is the eighth XPS production unit established by Ryazan, Russia-based TechnoNicol to date.
The operation is equipped with modern automated production lines supplied by the German company Berstorff GmbH. These lines enable TechnoNicol to rapidly change product manufacture and allow it to make a wide range of popular products such as XPS panels with a milled surface for facade work and insulation material from 10mm – 500mm thick, according to the company.
Initially, the greater part of the Osipovichi facility’s output, around 60%, will be directed to the Belarus home market where annual demand today is estimated at 230,000m3. The remaining production is to be exported to Russia and Ukraine, as well as countries in the Baltic States and Eastern Europe.
Up to now, Belarus consumers have relied on XPS foam insulation that has had to be imported from abroad.
“TechnoNicol is one of the leaders in labour productivity in Russia. In the Republic of Belarus, we also rely on the philosophy of lean manufacturing and are actively working to increase productivity,” commented TechnoNicol’s president and co-owner Sergey Kolesnikov.
TechnoNicol’s manufacturing division which Kolesnikov heads has 53 production sites in seven countries including Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, the UK, Belarus and Russia. It also runs 18 training centres and six scientific centres.
The production business recorded an annual revenue worth just over €1 billion for 2017.