Far East | Technology & innovation | Industry, manufacturing

Basalt fiber material plant opens outside Yakutsk

26 Jul '12
A plant to produce innovative composite materials based on continuous basalt fiber has opened outside Yakutsk, newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports.

The plant will reportedly produce four nanotech products, including basalt concrete structures for construction purposes, basalt plastic building bars, road reinforcing grid, and continuous basalt fiber used for manufacturing composite construction materials.

Basalt-based products are corrosion and chemical reaction resistant. They remain strong at low temperatures and retain heat. The materials are widely used in road and real estate construction in the Far North in permafrost conditions in Yakutia where normal materials can’t take extreme seasonal temperature drops of up to 100 degrees.

Continuous basalt fiber based products can be used in car manufacturing, oil and gas industry, agriculture and many other sectors. What Yakutia needs most is production of construction materials from basalt fiber. The new plant will enable developers to significantly cut costs of buying steel building bars, iron concrete structures and other construction materials from outside the region.

The plant, located in the town of Pokrovsk outside Yakutsk, will reportedly create 260 new jobs in the Khangalassky district.
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