On Monday, Mikhail Mishustin visited the Innoprom-2023 international industrial exhibition. Photo: Donat Sorokin/TASS
On Monday, Mikhail Mishustin visited the Innoprom-2023 international industrial fair, which is taking place these days in Yekaterinburg. The Prime Minister of Belarus, Roman Golovchenko, and the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, Alikhan Smailov, joined the head of the Cabinet. Belarus this year has become a partner country of the exhibition. The area of its exhibition exceeded 3,000 square meters, where more than 120 Belarusian companies present their products, including such auto giants as MAZ and BELAZ.
In total, this year the exhibition gathered a record number of participants: representatives of 35 countries and 25 regions of Russia came to Yekaterinburg. In total, more than 700 companies are represented. In addition, the VII Russian-China EXPO is held in parallel with Innoprom. The Chinese occupied 10,000 square meters of the exhibition. 500 enterprises from China attended the expo.
While visiting the Chinese exhibition, Mishustin, Golovchenko and Smailov stopped by the booth of DongFeng Motor Corporation, which presented the VOYAN FREE electric crossover and the VOYAH PASSION all-electric sedan. The company cooperates with the Lipetsk company, where the production of machines is carried out. Company representatives told Mishustin that they intend to increase the range of cars that will be produced in Russia.
– In Lipetsk, we produce the EVOLUTE brand: a sedan and a crossover. And in the third quarter, we will add two more crossovers and a seven-seater minibus. All the cars are electric, the mileage is 400 to 550 kilometers on a single charge,” they told Mishustin.
The prime minister also inspected the cars of the Chinese company.
Changan Motors, which supplies 14 models to Russia, but does not have its own production here yet.
Another thing is the Belarusian Belaz dump trucks. The dump truck presented to Mishustin at Innoprom was jointly developed by Russian and Belarusian engineers. This year it is planned to start production of 30 cars and then expand production. True, at the same time, the company’s representatives asked the prime ministers of the two countries for state support. Without this, according to them, competition with foreigners cannot be sustained. Mishustin recalled that Russia and Belarus are implementing a union program to form a common industrial policy. 16 projects have already been approved for a total of almost 80 billion rubles.
Mishustin was also impressed by the domestic electric car E-Neva, which is produced by the Obukhov plant. The car can accelerate to 197 kilometers per hour and go up to 463 km on a single charge. The car has cruise control, a driver assistance system for lane change and parking, a traffic sign recognition system and blind spot monitoring. Serial production of the car should start in 2026. Mishustin called the production of electric vehicles one of the priorities in the field of transportation. Last year, its mass production was launched in the Lipetsk region. This year – in Moscow. And in 2025, it is planned to open a site in Tatarstan.
At the Ulyanovsk region stand, Mishustin examined drones, including those made by the Signal plant. The drones produced by this plant can receive information, deliver goods weighing up to 15 kg, and perform various tasks. The prime minister said that a national project on drones will be launched in the near future. Mishustin noted that civil unmanned aircraft systems could become a growth engine for many sectors of the economy and the service sector, which means their production needs to expand.
Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin presented the developments of Moscow industrialists: an exoskeleton designed for the rehabilitation of patients with disorders of the locomotor system of the lower extremities, the world’s first civil unmanned helicopter powered by a hydrogen engine and an octacopter with hydrogen fuel cells.
At the Rosatom booth, Mishustin was shown a 3D printer, which is used to repair military equipment in the NVO zone. Thanks to this printer, more than 80 pieces of equipment have already been repaired, with more than 60 products made from scratch in the field.
Speaking at the Innoprom plenary meeting, Mishustin said that Russia would no longer depend on imported developments in the industry.
– It is necessary to minimize the influence of unfavorable external conditions. This means that it is necessary to achieve complete technological sovereignty in all critically important industries, without exception, the prime minister said.
Mishustin noted that over the past four years, industrial production in Russia has grown by 7%. And this year the growth continues.
“And this is against the backdrop of a break in supply chains and unprecedented sanctions pressure,” the prime minister noted.