3M launched the construction of its second manufacturing complex in Russia

13 November 2013
On November 13th, 2013 a solemn ceremony of laying the first stone was held in SEZ «Alabuga».

Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation Oleg Saveliev, President of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov, Executive Director of RUSSEZ Alexey Zavgorodniy, the management and the resident companies of the SEZ «Alabuga» took part at the ceremony.

During the ceremony the glass spheres were put in a concrete block that will be laid into the foundation of a new plant.

The second manufacturing complex of 3M in Russia will be named “3M Volga” and start its production in the end of 2014.

The new plant of “3M Volga” will produce the industrial production that has been already used by Russian oil and gas operators more than 20 years. The production will be sold in Russia and exported to the CIS countries.   

 The plant will produce:

-          hollow glass microspheres 3M™ Glass Bubbles (about 3000 tons per year);

-          liquid epoxy and polyurethane coatings Scotchkote™ for repairing and reconstruction of the existing gas-transport systems, as well as the coatings for the factory’s plotting (about 6 mln liters per year);

-      industrial adhesive tapes. The full cycle production will be organized at the factory – plotting of the adhesive solutions and compositions on the tapes, cutting, processing, production of hermetics (about 180 mln m2 per year);

-          different types and sizes of flexible grinding materials and grinding tapes (grinding discs, the Cubitron II production).

“The product that will be produced by 3M in SEZ “Alabuga” is very important for the Russian market. We are grateful to the investor for its decision to localize its production in “Alabuga” and assure that this project will receive the comprehensive support from the beginning and in future”, - mentioned the President of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov. 

The executive director of RUSSEZ Alexey Zavgorodniy: “RUSSEZ creates the best conditions in the country for localization the advanced manufacturing practices and for realization of the large-scale industrial invest projects. The high-tech production of 3M – the world leader in its area – is one of them. We are pleased to signify that 3M begins the practical part of its project in Russia – the construction of the plant in one of the most successful SEZ “Alabuga” where a lot of international companies from the USA, Germany, France, Turkey has been already presented. From its part the JSC “RUSSEZ” will provide 3M with all the necessary support. 


“In 2014-2018 “3M Russia” plans to increase its sales by more than 11% every year, that will exceed the GDP growth by 2.3 times. The products that are essential for the Russian market will be produced in our plants in Volokolamsk and Yelabuga. If in 2011 the share of Russian products in the sales of “3M Russia” was only 11%, today the figure is over 15%, and by 2017 it is expected to grow up to 50%”, - mentioned Tim Koenig, general director of “3M Russia”.

“With the new plant we not just develop our manufacturing in Russia, but also extend the localization of the research and scientific foundations, as we highly appreciate the Russian resources. In the nearest future “3M Russia” plans to focus on the development in such sectors like auto repair (expanding product line of putty, adhesives, primers, hermetics), anti-corrosion coatings for oil, gas and water pipes, as well as medical sector. Today the share of domestic innovations of 3M among the new products of the company on the Russian market is not more than one third. However in a close perspective we expect a significant increase in the number of local innovations thanks to the activity of specialist from Russian research laboratories”, - said Sergei Dmitruk, R&D director of "3M Russia". 


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