Modernisation of the textile industry is in focus of Inlegmash Conference

14 / 03 / 2023

Russian Textile Week at Expocentre Fairgrounds hosted the Conference on Modernising the Textile and Garment Industry: Economics and Technology as part of the 3rd Inlegmash International Industrial Conference.

The conference, organised by EXPOCENTRE AO and Souzlegprom, was moderated by Alexey Silakov, Vice-Rector for Science and Innovation at the Kosygin Russian State University.

Andrey Razbrodin, President of the Russian Union of Textile Industry Enterprises (Souzlegprom), set the tone for the discussion. In his opinion, "now it is not so much a question of technical modernisation as of economic modernisation, i.e. the conditions, the principles of new systems of relations that need to be laid down for the industry to have a prospect of development".

The head of Souzlegprom believes that it is necessary to create a single operational programme for the industry, which would be supported by the government and signed at the interstate level. This programme would be based, first of all, on three states - Russia, Belarus and Uzbekistan. Then this programme should be joined by other member states of the EEC and the CIS, with which there are normal operational relations today. "But these relations are not yet to the extent needed to develop our industry," Andrey Razbrodin explained.

Tatiana Lugina, Head of Bellegprom Concern, spoke about the experience of Belarusian light industry companies in modernising their enterprises. Vladimir Plyakin, member of the State Duma Committee on Industry and Trade, Andrey Kalashnikov, Director General of Trigon Select Company, Oleg Kashcheev, Assistant to the Rector of the Kosygin Russian State University, Vadim Krylov, Executive Director of GIS Prompererabotka, Evgeny Tarasevich, Deputy Director General of the Investment Attracting Agency of Sverdlovsk Region also took part in the discussion of the declared topic.

The conference was followed by a Workshop on investment attractiveness of high-tech projects in the textile and garment industry. It was organised by EXPOCENTRE AO and Souzlegprom.

As stated by the moderator of the event - the head of the magazine Light Industry. Courier Olga Yakovenko, the strategic importance of the garment industry has increased manifold over the last three years, which makes it more attractive for investment. The industry employs about 300,000 people, 80% of whom are women. She also drew attention to the fact that the niche freed by the departure of imported brands from the Russian market is gradually being filled by Russian brands.

Alexander Borodin, Director of Engineering and Technology Centre in Moscow, Oleg Ponomarev, CEO of CyberShop Platform, Maxim Maximov, Head of Textile Department of Konica Minolta Business Solutions Russia, Gadzhi Kadiev, Head of JUKI office in Russia, and other experts spoke before the audience at the workshop. They spoke about projects and modern solutions for sewing shop profitability, implementation of digital automation, practices of launching light industry production sites, support measures for high-tech projects, using the Cyberfloor platform as a high-tech growth point for the industry.

The 4th International Scientific and Practical Symposium Technical Textiles of Russia: Nonwovens, Raw Materials, Reengineering, organised by Souzlegprom, the Kosygin Russian State University, the Ivanovo State Polytechnic University (IVGPU) and EXPOCENTRE AO, was also held within the framework of the Inlegmash Conference.

The symposium was organised by Rector of IVGPU Evgeny Rumyantsev and Professor Mikhail Treshchalin, Doctor of Technical Sciences. The event was attended by leading scientists, specialists and lecturers from the relevant universities, research institutes, technical platforms, engineering centres, heads and experts from industry enterprises.

The presentations covered a wide range of topics of practical importance for the market participants: Problems and prospects of technical textiles production in Russia, Nonwovens: development or stagnation (trends, research, implementation), Ways to address the quality of Russian flax fiber, Innovative developments in the production of nonwovens, Major directions of development of production of special purpose textiles and others.

Press Service, EXPOCENTRE AO