Russian Partnership to Develop Aluminium Production Technologies

SUAL Group and the All-Russian Scientific Research Institute for Aviation Materials (VIAM) concluded an agreement to co-operate on scientific and technical projects. The new partnership is aimed at developing and implementing state-of-the-art technologies to produce semi-finished aluminium and magnesium products.

The agreement covers joint research and development into creating new or improving existing alloys and production processes.

SUAL and VIAM will join efforts to advance the development of materials for the aircraft, aerospace, nuclear power and defence industries as well as for rail and motor transport.

The main directions of the partnership over the next five years are to develop production technologies for semi-finished products made of aluminium-lithium alloys; high-strength alloys from Al-Zn-Mg-Cu; high-density alloys from Al-Cu-Mg and Al-Mg-Si; and heat-resistant alloys from Al-Cu-Mg, Al-Cu-Mn and magnesium wrought alloys.

The partnership between VIAM and SUAL Group will provide the institute with special grants to conduct basic research and scientific work on aircraft, aerospace and national defence. A joint scientific and experimental department will be established to study new alloys and technologies.

The Kamensk — Uralsky Metallurgical Plant is recognised as a basis for experimental work, fine-tuning technologies, introducing new processes and mastering industrial production.

‘SUAL Group's partnership with the leading scientific materials institute opens new possibilities to develop the domestic aluminium industry. The scientific knowledge of VIAM and the practical experience of our company's specialists provide a huge potential for innovation in improving advanced production technologies,' said SUAL Holding Senior Vice President Vladimir Skornyakov.

VIAM General Director Evgeniy Kablov emphasised, ‘SUAL Group's businesses provide a basis for the development of state-of-the-art technologies for the Russian aluminium industry. Because of the universality of the existing and forthcoming equipment, it will be possible to produce an entire range of modern semi-finished products made of new high-resistance alloys based on aluminium and magnesium, including those containing lithium and rare earth elements.'

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