INDUSTRY SETS AMBITIOUS TARGETS[17.03.2021]
The industry needs to leap forward.
On 16 March, the Minister of Industry and Trade of Russia Denis Manturov held the first meeting of the newly elected Russia State Council's Industry Board, headed by Governor Alexey Dyumin. First Deputy Governor Vyacheslav Fedorishchev represented the Tula region in the video conference mode.
In February, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin ordered to prepare a strategy for Russia's socio-economic development until 2030. One of its most important blocks will be the industrial development strategy, which is coordinated by Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov.
The strategy's main elements include the industry's digital transformation, the transition to the Industry 4.0 standards and breakthrough projects in the field of green industry, healthcare industry, new energy, transport system and space industry.
State corporations, specialised associations and experts are actively involved in the work on the new industrial strategy. The final version will be approved by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia.
“Now, albeit carefully, we can say that the peak of the pandemic is behind us. We certainly need to draw conclusions from the recent months. The main one is the need to use even greater efforts to ensure technological sovereignty. We need to keep moving along the path of import substitution, develop conversion projects and tap into new export markets. We are doing all this now, but to be competitive on the international market in the future, we need to set more ambitious goals for the industry,” emphasised Denis Manturov.
The Industry Board closely works with the Ministry of Industry and Trade. Many regional proposals have already been put into action.
The meeting participants discussed the main areas of the country's new industrial strategy, including digitalisation and import substitution.
Boris Sokol, President of Shchekinoazot, took part in the business programme.
Today, Shchekinoazot is at the forefront of the region's industrial transformation. Following the tasks set at the government level, it is making a qualitative leap forward in development. This transition requires for the management to provide a comprehensive strategy and for the employees to show composure and professionalism.
Since 2005, Shchekinoazot has been implementing a long-term investment program aimed at increasing its export potential. We carried out 16 investment projects in the 13 years between 2005 and 2018. The volume of investments exceeded 880 million US dollars.
This year, the company is finishing two projects: the construction of the Methanol-500 unit and the nitric acid and ammonium nitrate production complex.
Another facility will be put into operation in 2024: the ammonia and urea production complex with a capacity of 525,000 tonnes and 700,000 tonnes per year, respectively. It will be the largest facility in the company's history.
Total investments during this stage of the Development Strategy will amount to 1.1 billion US dollars.
Shchekinoazot is one of the largest exporters to Western and Eastern Europe, the CIS and Asia. Over 70% of the company's total sales comes from exports.
Following the main provisions of the Presidential Decree On National Goals and Strategic Objectives for the Development of the Russian Federation until 2024, Shchekinoazot has been increasing the volume of non-resource-based exports.
The company's overall exports will reach USD 760 million by 2025, which is 2.5 times higher than in 2018. It also plans to triple the processing of natural gas and more than double product output and sales.
...Governor Alexey Dyumin commented on the results of the Board's work.
“The programme unites strategic initiatives in the manufacturing industry. Their implementation should enable us to make a leap forward in the industrial sector in the medium term. It is very important that the regions take as much part as possible in forming proposals for the presented strategic areas. The Board will become a platform where we will fill the strategy with the projects of future technological victories and monitor their implementation. At the same time, it is important to work fast,” stressed Alexey Dyumin.
The head of the region noted that the measures taken by the regional government have made it possible to maintain fast industrial development rates. The industrial production index amounted to 112.4% at the end of 2020, making the region second in the Central Federal District and fifth in Russia. The volume of shipments in the manufacturing industry totalled RUB 884.2 billion at the end of last year.