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Non-commodity exports continue to grow

Asbestos products - the leaders of growth

For the second year, the Russian economy has demonstrated an increase in export performance. In the first half of the year, domestic companies exported products by almost 30% more than in the same period last year.

Non-commodity exports continue to grow

According to the calculations of the Russian Export Center, published in the journal "Expert" During the reporting period, exports to Turkey grew by 32%, to India - by 56,6%, to China - by 18,6%. According to the experts of REC, in 2018, the volume of non-primary non-energy exports will amount to a record 150 billion dollars against 134 billion dollars last year and 143 billion dollars in 2016.

The growth of non-commodity non-energy exports is not accidental: Russian companies have adapted to new realities. As practice shows, with a responsible approach, negative news background and sanctions do not hinder development. One of the striking examples of successful advancement in difficult foreign policy conditions is the chrysotile industry of Russia, uniting several company towns and providing work for up to 35 thousand people.


Chrysotile asbestos has been mined in Russia for more than a hundred years, of which almost 40 is under the most severe pressure from transnational corporations and Western elites. The unique natural mineral, widely used in construction and industry in many countries of the world, became an instrument of pressure first on the Soviet Union, and then on new Russia.

The campaign to discredit asbestos started at the end of the XNUMXth century and pursued a simple goal - to squeeze the USSR out of the building materials market. The multi-million dollar marketing budgets of synthetic fiber manufacturers and other businesses competing with chrysotile asbestos products have been spent spreading myths about the mineral and creating enduring fears in society.

Chrysotile asbestos was gradually banned on the territory of the European Union, and then the expansion was continued throughout the world: various international organizations, EU state bodies and structures subordinate to them regularly make loud statements about the danger of the mineral, without presenting weighty arguments. Nothing like? 

Defending their right to honest work, domestic companies are forced to wage many years of struggle, defending their rights and overcoming sanctions. This harsh school has borne fruit - the Russian chrysotile sector in recent years has maintained a positive momentum and is expanding the number of clients around the world.

The key buyers of chrysotile asbestos today are countries in Southeast Asia and the Pacific. From January to November of this year, according to statistics from the Federal Customs Service, Russian companies exported about 400 thousand tons of chrysotile asbestos. The key buyers were India, China, Indonesia, Uzbekistan and Thailand. In total, the list of Russian chrysotile asbestos importers is listed more than 20 countries of the world.

The enterprises producing chrysotile asbestos themselves have undergone serious changes. If earlier these were narrowly-shaped combines, strongly dependent on a single product, then today the situation has changed dramatically. 

In addition to chrysotile asbestos fiber, companies produce building materials (slate, facade slabs, asbestos-cement pipes), reinforcing additives for road construction, bags, rubble, sand, and much more. Subsidiaries are also extremely diverse - in the area of ​​activity there is construction, maintenance of the housing and utilities complex and even the production of chemical products. Diversification of production allowed enterprises to become sustainable and self-sufficient production centers. 

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