Ulyanovsk Region: Construction of Laboratory and Manufacturing Facility at VIAM Research Center Is Nearing Completion
The facility is to start making innovative products at the end of the first quarter of 2021.
Governor Sergey Morozov outlines the task to develop the industry of composite materials in the coming years and set it as a priority.
“Currently, repairs, construction and finishing works are nearly over at the site. Manufacturing and laboratory facilities have been built, as well as administration and on-site ones. The project is 97% completed. The company will make new-generation polymer composite materials for aviation and other industries, which will improve the region's expertise in production of such goods and replace components imported from abroad,” - said Sergey Vasin, Head of the Ulyanovsk Region Development Corporation.
The project is implemented as part of the import substitution programme initiated by President Vladimir Putin. The overall investment will be about a billion rubles. During the first stage, about 30 people will work at the facility; it is planned to increase the number of highly qualified specialists in the future.
“We have installed production equipment at the site and are about to start pre-commissioning activities. The facility will start making new goods at the end of the first quarter of 2021,” - explained Evgeny Veshkin, Head of Ulyanovsk Science and Technology Center of the All-Russian Scientific Research Institute of Aviation Materials (VIAM).
VIAM Ulyanovsk Science and Technology Center is one of the leading enterprises in the region that develops innovative technologies and manufactures products for aviation and other industries. The center is working on such projects as An-124-100 'Ruslan', Il-114-300 and МС-21. It also makes coatings for Il-76MD-90A transport aircraft, which is produced by Aviastar-SP. Today, VIAM is a major scientific center with top-of-the-line equipment. The company actively cooperates with regional universities to train personnel. In particular, this can be said about the Ulyanovsk State Technical University that prepares specialists for the company's subsidiary in Ulyanovsk.