Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Uralasbest increases production of mineral wool insulation

On Wednesday, Uralasbest CEO Yuri Kozlov and Sverdlovsk administration Chairman Denis Pasler presided over a ceremony at Ural Asbestos Mining and Processing Plant to launch increased production of mineral wool insulation.

Uralasbest has been producing Ecover-branded mineral wool since September 2010, and since then the product has become one of the most popular thermal insulation materials used in Russian construction products. The company announced that the product alone has brought 250 new jobs to its plant since its launch, Oblastnaya Gazeta reports.

Under an increased production schedule, Uralasbest estimates that an additional 120 jobs will be created in its factories. The new jobs will be available to "...young factory workers who would otherwise not see such [employment] prospects," Pasler said, according to Oblastnaya Gazeta.

This year marks the 125th anniversary of the initial industrial development of the Bazhenovsky chrysotile asbestos deposits from which Uralasbest harvests the majority of its materials to produce thermal insulation materials.

"We are developing a program of diversification of production, which will last until 2020," Kozlov said, Oblastnaya Gazeta reports. "Today is engaged in the production of non-metallic building materials. In the near future to run a small factory to produce granules for asphalt."

Uralasbest's plans for future diversified production models could mean more jobs throughout the Urals and Russia with anticipated factory openings in Krasnoyarsk and St. Petersburg.

"For the government, it is important that the principal place of business [be in this region]," Pasler said, according to to Oblastnaya Gazeta. "Asbestos has real plans for development until 2020, and it will go to the regional industry development program. Unemployment [in the] asbestos [industry] is only 0.7 percent. This means that even though the old production [is] closed, people are moving to new work. And this is very important."