Raw Materials in the Russian Textile Industry on Legpromforum 2019 Agenda

20 / 03 / 2019

The topic of raw materials supply for the domestic textile industry was discussed at one of the sessions of Legpromforum 2019 which started at Expocentre as part of the Russian Textile Week.

The discussion was organised by the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Russian Ministry of Agriculture, the Eurasian Economic Commission, and the Union of Textile and Light Industry Entrepreneurs (Soyuzlegprom).

Legpromforum has become one of the main platforms for the textile enterprises, said the session moderator Tigran Arutyunyan, Deputy Director of the EEC Industrial Policy Department. He pointed out to the positive dynamics of the textile industry development in the EAEU countries and rapid development of the Union market of textile products. According to the expert, the raw materials issue is a key aspect.

Irina Ivanova, Deputy Director of the Department of Textile Industry and Timber Industry of the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade, spoke about the Ministry's activities for the development of the raw material base for the domestic textile industry. According to her, it is planned to develop and improve the quality of raw materials produced in Russia, first of all, flax, hemp and wool. The Ministry has drafted a strategy for the development of the flax sector in Russia, and roadmaps for key industries including a set of measures to provide for the raw materials supplies.

The official of the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade added that the industry's task is to get access to export markets. To this end, it is necessary to improve the quality of products and raw materials for their manufacture.

Russia should provide itself with raw materials in traditional industries and develop relations with suppliers of raw materials that are not produced in the country, said Andrey Razbrodin, President of the Russian Union of Textile and Light Industry Entrepreneurs.

Experts of the EAEU countries that participated in the discussion also dwelt on raw materials' availability for various light industry subindustries.

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