MOSCOW (MRC) - TechnoNIKOL, Europe's largest manufacturer and supplier of roofing, waterproofing and heat-insulating materials, has modernized the TechnoNIKOL-Ulyanovsk Plant as part of a large-scale investment program in 2021, the company said.
The set of measures taken made it possible to increase labor productivity by 20%, to increase the volume of products by 25%, as well as to master the production of heat-insulating materials from extruded polystyrene foam with a thickness of up to 500 mm. The volume of investments amounted to Rb262 mln.
Renovation of two production lines of the TECHNOPLEX plant made it possible to increase the processing speed of thermal insulation boards and, as a result, to increase the volume of products by 25%. Also, a planer-grower was introduced to the second technological unit for the production of milled facade slabs.
In addition, the company introduced the technology of thermal bonding, which, due to the layer-by-layer connection of standard plates, makes it possible to obtain materials up to 500 mm thick with high thermal insulation characteristics and low rates of water absorption.
"Now the demand in the thermal insulation segment exceeds supply, and the existing capacity is not enough to meet the growing market needs. The shortage of building materials, which appeared in 2020, continues to grow. Therefore, we plan to increase capacity: we will open new enterprises in Russia and abroad and modernize existing ones. In the next 5 years, we will allocate up to 60 billion rubles for these purposes. In the region, in addition to the planned modernization at the extruded polystyrene foam plant, we are working with the local government to build another plant, "commented Sergey Kolesnikov, co-owner and managing partner of TechnoNIKOL.
"The demand for insulation based on extruded polystyrene foam is constantly increasing. The main points of growth are the increase in energy efficiency standards and the active development of light embankments in road construction, where XPS boards with a thickness of up to 500 mm are used as a thermal insulation layer, which, due to their thermal performance, as well as their ability to withstand long-term loads and resistance to aggressive media can be used in all climatic zones of the Russian Federation, - said Alexey Kasimov, Operations Director of the Polymer Insulation Division of TechnoNICOL Corporation.
Earlier it was reported that TechnoNICOL plans to install two new extrusion lines in Poland and Russia. The Italian company BG Plast (Italy) signed a contract with TechnoNICOL for the supply of two extrusion lines for the production of dimpled sheet membranes with and without a geotextile joint, 2000 mm and 4000 mm wide.
According to MRC's ScanPlast, July total estimated consumption of PS and styrene plastics in Russia increased by 4% compared to the same month last year and amounted to 46,540 tonnes. The total consumption of PS in the country amounted to 328,980 tonnes, up 23% year on year in January - July 2021.
The TechnoNICOL production company operates 56 production sites in 7 countries of the world (Russia, Belarus, Lithuania, Italy, Great Britain, Germany, Poland). The company also has 22 representative offices in 18 countries of the world, 20 Training Centers, 6 Research Centers, equipped with high-tech equipment and qualified personnel. The centers regularly develop and implement new products and solutions for the construction industry. The company's products are supplied to 117 countries. TechnoNICOL headquarters are located in Russia, Poland, Italy, China and India.