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The 13th Voronezh Industrial Forum and Exhibition “Logistics of the Chernozem region” ended today. More than a hundred speakers from Russia and Belarus told the participants about alternative fuels and the development of electric transport, work on import substitution and the supply of modern equipment and software for Russian companies, state support measures for domestic manufacturers, the settlement of business disputes in arbitration, the development of mechanical engineering and the work of light industry in modern realities.
“Four years is a long break, which we have finally interrupted. The Forum is not only a platform for Voronezh industrialists, but also an opportunity to show what we can do. This is a showcase of our industrial complex. We have a powerful industrial complex, in the structure of the final product of the Voronezh region, about 50-50% raw materials and finished products,” said Alexander Desyatirikov, head of the industry and transport department of the Voronezh region, during his speech at the forum.
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Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Voronezh region Artem Verkhovtsev noted at the plenary session “New era: technological independence” that the industry of the Voronezh region as a whole coped with the problems that arose last year. However, at the end of 2022, a drop of two percent was registered compared to the same indicators of previous years.
“For the first time in 14 years, we saw a slight drop in the indicators: the regional index of industrial production at the end of the year reached 98% (a drop of 2%). Our main concern was that this was not the start of a trend. The results of the first quarter of 2023 show that we were not mistaken in our estimates: the industry of the Voronezh region showed growth of 2.6%, which is traditionally higher than national figures. Fortunately, it is impossible to say that the situation with the sanctions has drastically affected the production in the Voronezh region,” said Artem Verkhovtsev.
Artem Verkhovtsev considers the processing of agricultural products and manufacturing industries to be the most promising sectors in the region. The main sales market is China (it also acts as an equipment supplier), as well as other countries in Asia and the Arab world.
“The amount of support for the agricultural sector at the end of 2022 is 9 million rubles, the industrial sector is about 6 million rubles. We are talking about different programs, federal and regional, in the form of subsidies, soft loans, tax incentives, direct and indirect support measures. Our main task with you is to learn how to use these tools correctly in terms of the priorities outlined by the President of Russia and the Governor of the Voronezh Region. In our region, the New Industrialization program has been launched, in which various support measures have been consolidated. Therefore, today there are all the opportunities, we must take the knowledge we have, the experience, the ideas and start implementing them,” Artem Verkhovtsev stated.
JSC Voronezhsintezkauchuk General Director Vyacheslav Zolototrubov shared his experience in developing new technologies and establishing alternative supply chains.
“Our company has just over 50,000 elements of complex technological equipment. If before the known events in the implementation of projects, the supply of imported equipment reached 70%, today in the projects that we are preparing to implement, there will be only 20% of imported equipment, from friendly countries. The largest suppliers were companies from Tambov and Chelyabinsk,” said Vyacheslav Zolototrubov.
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Vyacheslav Shvarov, Deputy Director of Procurement and Logistics of the Novovoronezh Nuclear Power Plant, spoke about working in the conditions of restrictions of hostile states.
“To engage more potential providers, we recently introduced a new tool: Atomplan. In it, we describe our needs for 10 years, what types of products we plan to buy at the moment. This is especially important from the point of view of import substitution, because all companies understand what import substitution is; in fact, this is the use of reverse engineering technology, the development of new methods. Of course, at the first stage it will be expensive for any company: it concerns design, production of prototypes and their testing. These costs will be assumed by the companies. Seeing our ten-year needs, companies can turn their attention to cooperation with us,” explained Vyacheslav Shvarov.
Member of the Board of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Vladimir Gamza expressed confidence in the need to implement a new national program to restore industrial potential. This requires the launch of a taxonomy: the implementation of technology investment projects and infrastructure investment projects that guarantee technological sovereignty and the growth of Russia’s industrial potential.
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“On April 14, the decree of the Russian government No. 603 was adopted, which put this taxonomy into force. Today 13 key productive sectors and two infrastructure sectors are foreseen”, emphasized Vladimir Gamza.
The TPP board member also expressed his hope that the Central Bank, together with the government, will soon build the necessary system to finance existing companies in the format of project financing.
“And this will be a breakthrough in terms of the implementation of projects for the development of our industrial potential,” said Vladimir Gamza.