Will Moscow become the capital of composites in Russia?
A composite cluster has been created in Moscow. Will that allow the production and consumption of composites to achieve a qualitatively new level? A Moscow composite cluster has been created with the support of the Ministry of Economic Development, the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Moscow government. The creation of the cluster will allow the production and consumption of composites in the capital to achieve a qualitatively new level and will give the city the status of being the all-Russia capital of composites.
Pillar crane market: where will the boom turn?
Why are federal-level construction sited equipped with Chinese machinery when domestic models are available? What is the difference between Russian pillar cranes and their foreign analogs?
Handheld power tools market: battery or mains-operated?
According to the President of the Electric Power Tools Producers and Trading Companies Association, economic crises barely influence the market for handheld power tools: these instruments are always in demand.
Cement production as a mirror of the economic situation in the country
Up to 2014, the cement market had been developing rather rapidly, but now, due to certain reasons, it is far from being healthy. Experts’ market volume assessments are different but the general tendency of decreasing cement production is beyond doubt, and all producers are experiencing it.
The Russian market for ceramic tiles: survey, analysis, forecast
Uneasy times are coming for ceramic tile market players. In spite of the high market share for home ceramic tiles, importers and distributors have strengthened their positions in key segments and are playing an important role in meeting the various requirements of buyers. On one hand, they are ready to offer cheaper Chinese ceramic tile – to be used when quality and design are not of great importance. On the other hand, they can offer the best designers’ Italian and Spanish production, which have always been the world leaders in this sphere.
Low-rise housing construction is just what Russians need, especially during the crisis
Deputy Chairman of the Expert Council on Housing and Public Utilities organized by the State Duma Committee, Deputy Coordinator of The State Duma Program on low rise housing development, “Svoy dom”(“Your own house”), Member of the Public Council of the Ministry of Housing, Construction and Utilities, and Vice-President of the National Agency for Low-Rise and Cottage Construction, Valery Kazeikin, answers questions from our magazine.
Mini-plants: contractor’s independence or waste of money
The Russian construction industry is facing the same hardships as the economy on the whole. Because of reductions in financing, construction of new objects has decreased and the work on some incomplete objects has been put on hold. Of course, the demand for construction materials, including such fundamental materials as concrete, has fallen. In these circumstances, mini-plants producing custom-made concrete are in growing demand.
Polymeric tubes: the situation at the market
Nobody is unfamiliar with polymeric tubes, though there is some doubt as to their safety and lifespan. We are used to steel tubes, and it’s difficult to convince the common man to replace his corroded steel tubes with polymeric ones.
PVC window profile market: nobody wants to give up
PVC products appeared in the Russian market at the beginning of the millennium and are now commonplace. Of course, the most widespread product in this sector is PVC profiles for window production.
Ceramic versus limestone bricks: which will win?
Ceramic brick sales have been growing recently and limestone brick sales are noticeably declining (although more than half of all houses in Russia are built with them). What’s the reason for this, our correspondent asks.
Copy of Architect Nickolai Shumakov: now it’s the museums’ turn to be in the malls’ backyard
If you ask an architect what architecture can do, he will immediately answer: Everything! Good architecture can provide for a town’s prosperity, but bad architecture can cause urban decay. There are lots of examples. We talked with the President of the Moscow Architects’ Union, Nickolai Shumakov, about the role of architecture and architects in the life of a town or city.