Russian government to
place massive orders for technical textiles
The Russian government plans to place
massive orders for the production of technical textiles
and nonwovens for use in special clothing, as well as
defence sector, during the next several years, according
to recent statements of Viktor Yevtukhov, Russia’s
Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade.
Currently, special clothing remains probably the most
promising segment of the Russian clothing industry. In
addition, there is an ever-growing demand for innovative
solutions, based on nonwovens and technical textiles.
At present, the production of special
clothing in Russia is on the rise. Last year the production
volume grew by 33%, compared to 2015.
According to Yevtukhov, the Russian market of
special clothing could reach 200 billion rubles (US$ 3,5
billion) during the next several years.
The Russian government says it is ready to
offer the domestic nonwovens and technical textiles
producers stable long-term orders for the manufacture of
their products. It is also considering providing additional
subsidies to enable producers to pursue further development
and production expansion. Currently, the majority of Russian
technical textiles and nonwovens producers still experience
a shortage of funds.
Producers were specifically relying on loans
provided by the European Bank of Reconstruction and
Development (EBRD), which used to be one of the biggest
lenders in the Russian technical textiles sector. But the
organisation recently announced it decided not to resume its
investment activities in Russia.
At the same time, the idea of the Russian
government to replace the EU and the US funding by Chinese
loans also failed, as the conditions of lending, offered by
Chinese bank and financial corporations, were considered by
the majority of Russian producers as unacceptable and
Many Russian producers also fear the
repetition of the situation that happened in the
neighbouring Kazakhstan, when the influx of Chinese capital
several years ago had resulted in the shift of the majority
of Kazakh textiles and technical textiles enterprises under
the control of Chinese businesses, including those that had
strategical importance for the Kazakh economy.