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Total investment in the project is RUB1.9 billion ($65 million). Of that sum, RUSNANO will cofinance RUB1.1 billion.
Initially, the new factory will produce 14,860 tons of polymer nanocomposites annually. Such volu- me would be sufficient, for example, to protect 390 km (242 miles) of large-diameter gas pipeline for 80 years. In 2014, when the manufacturing facility reaches design capacity, nanosilicate production will rise to 25,000 tons and polymer nanocomposites, to 50,000 tons. Sales are expected to exceed five
billion rubles per year ($171 million) of which 80% will be in polymer nanocomposites, materials made of a flexible base (matrix) and a nanofiller, an organo-modified silicate (montmorillonite) with par- ticles ranging from 10nm to 200nm. Compared with ordinary composites, these materials have greater mechanical stability, afford greater protection from fire, and permit less gas and steam to permeate – all significant improvements. The technology used by METACLAY to obtain poly- mer nanocomposites stems from advances by Russian scientists working at the country’s leading scientific