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Established in 1990, AO Vtor-Kom has become a leading Russian manufacturer of nonwoven materials for the construction, oil and gas, and light industries. The company is centrally located in Chelyabinsk city, at the junction between Europe and Asia.
Production at the company began with unwoven stitched batting. Then, following market trends, it mastered the production of bulk insulation and geotextiles.
The mission of AO Vtor-Kom is to protect the environment through the efficient use of secondary resources in production. The company focuses on four key markets—geosynthetic materials (road construction, oil and gas sector, railway construction), nonwovens for the light industry (production of outerwear and bedding), nonwoven warps for the B2B sector (production of geocomposites, roofing materials and floor coverings), and the collection and processing of secondary resources.
“The constantly growing pace of road, transport and hydraulic engineering and permanent construction of oil and gas pipelines provide a stable demand for geotextile materials,” says Daria Ruzbina, head of foreign trade department, AO Vtor-Kom. “Efficient use of secondary resources in the production allows us to produce high-quality, environmentally friendly materials that can compete in price with peers.”
AO Vtor-Kom produces on modern high-tech equipment, ensuring high quality products that are in compliance with technological and environmental indicators in accordance with international standards. “The company is constantly improving its production base,” says Ruzbina.
The company produces approximately 40 million square meters of nonwovens annually, and recycles about 15 million kg of PET bottles, which are used in its production. It also processes 1000 kg of textile waste per year.
AO Vtor-Kom manufactures nonwovens by several methods: needlepunching, unwoven stitching, thermal bonding and airlay chaotic layout technology.
Currently, the company is implementing a large investment project to double its capacity. “New lines of nonwoven materials are already operating, the final stage of the project will be the start-up of a new production complex for the production of staple synthetic fibers,” Ruzbina reveals.
Almost all of AO Vtor-Kom’s products are the result of deep processing of recyclables. In fact, the company is one of the 10 largest recyclers of secondary PET in Russia, from which it produces high-quality staple fiber, according to Ruzbina. “The presence of our own laboratory allows us to control the quality of raw materials and finished products at all stages of production,” she adds.
The company believes it is a great time for the development of nonwovens, especially geotextile materials. “The volume of geotextile nonwoven materials in Russia is constantly growing due to the huge scale of construction of roads and railways, oil and gas pipelines and artificial structures,” she says. “Nowadays it is also a good time to enter the European market because the volume of our production is constantly increasing and the quality of our products is improving.”