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The share of slate is growing amid the crisis

Consumption of chrysotile cement building materials is increasing in Russia

The share of slate is growing amid the crisis

The current processes in the Russian construction market are proceeding within the framework of the general dynamics of responding to the crisis associated with the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic. The economic "lockdown", the fall in real incomes of the population and the general turbulence of both global and local events led to the expected reduction of the market. According to Exploration marketing agency Liberty Marketing, by the end of 2020, residential buildings will be commissioned by 10% compared to 2019. The construction of non-residential buildings is also declining, but at a slightly lower rate - 5%. This is evidenced by the data of the Federal State Statistics Service for January-September 2020: the dynamics of commissioning of new facilities is decreasing, which means a fall in the construction market.

The main reasons for the negative trends lie both in the economic "lockdown", which led to a decrease in real incomes of the population (-8% in annual terms, an anti-record since 1999), and in more systemic phenomena: the transition to project financing, work on escrow accounts ...

If we consider certain segments of construction, then in some of them a more positive picture is observed. Thus, the consumption of materials for pitched roofs in 2020 will decrease by only 3-4%, and for other general construction works - by 6% compared to 2019. According to Liberty Marketing, the lower rates of decline are due to the active use of roofing materials and sheet building materials for the overhaul and reconstruction of housing stock, as well as individual housing construction, the volume of commissioning of which may decrease by the end of 2020 by no more than 1%.


It is important to note that, despite the general decline in the construction market, the consumption of chrysotile cement building materials for pitched roofs and general construction works is growing. In terms of shipments of products to the Russian Federation in January-September 2020, the industry demonstrates a steady growth of 6,95% compared to the same period last year. This is due to the financial availability of chrysotile cement products (slate, flat engineering sheet, facade materials, etc.) along with their high quality and durability.

Chrysotile cement products solve a number of problems that together make them unique in the domestic market. So, due to the natural properties of chrysotile fiber, all products based on it have the NG (non-combustible) class. Chrysotile asbestos can withstand heating up to 1 degrees, its tensile strength is 500 MPa, it is resistant to mechanical stress and adverse weather conditions. Due to this, a number of building materials based on chrysotile can be considered a passive fire safety system, and a long service life (up to 300 years for painted chrysotile cement slate) significantly reduces the cost of building repairs.

Moreover, time-tested building materials are suitable for any climate - from the Far North to the Far East with its high humidity. Another important advantage of chrysotile cement products is their versatility - chrysotile cement pipes can be used in the creation and repair of hot and cold water supply systems, drainage and sewerage systems, as well as the construction of refuse chutes. The ease of installation and repair, combined with the availability of materials, provided a high level of interest from management companies and housing and communal services.

The volume of use of chrysotile cement products in the overhaul program in the Samara region in 2021 will increase several times due to positive experience of use.


“The share of chrysotile cement products in the regional capital repair program has grown significantly compared to previous periods. The reason lies in the high performance properties of roofing materials, in particular wave chrysotile slate. Thanks to the availability, quality and ease of installation of this time-tested material, we were able to finally solve a number of tasks that previously required constant attention, ”says Sergey Bochkarev, Deputy Head of the Customer Service of the Samara Capital Repair Fund.

The growth of the chrysotile cement industry is due to objective conditions. For example, the market capacity of the Volga Federal District for 2021 only for the repair of pitched roofs within the framework of the regional capital repair program is 2 houses, which is 450 sheets of wave slate. In total, next year it is planned to renovate 3 houses for a total of 150 million rubles. Also, within the framework of the national project "Housing and Urban Environment", it is planned to actively finance the massive construction of new facilities and the repair of old ones, which provides for the need for durable, high-quality and affordable materials.

That is why the chrysotile cement industry in Russia is on the rise today. In the spring of 2020, the plant of JSC "Orenburg Minerals" became the owner the Mordovian plant OJSC "LATO", and the plant "Uralasbest" earlier united the holding includes four production sites. Thanks to the enlargement, production has gained access to the possibilities of technical modernization, the construction of new production lines and the growth of labor productivity. So, the Krasnoyarsk plant "Volna" is one of the leaders region for the implementation of the national project "Labor productivity and employment support", which made it possible to increase the efficiency of work by 36,7% in the first few months of participation in the program. Companies are releasing new products, improving products - in addition to the usual gray slate, the market has already been on the market for several years with dyed chrysotile cement slate with an increased service life, facade panels of various textures and colors, chrysotile siding, etc.

The explanation for this phenomenon is simple - in a crisis, the consumer turns to understandable and affordable products, and chrysotile cement building materials are just that. They solve all the tasks, ensuring a long service life, reliability and safety.

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