Category Archives: Rusnano

Rusnano Eyes Offshore Partners

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Russian state-owned nanotechnology company Rusnano will continue working with offshore partners despite a push spearheaded by President Vladimir Putin to repatriate businesses working with domestic capital, the company’s head said Friday.

Putin renewed a pledge late last year to impose stricter measures on halting the flow of capital abroad, including a ban on state support for companies not registered in Russia. But Rusnano chief Anatoly Chubais indicated that such an approach could cut off vital opportunities for cooperation.

“If I see an extremely interesting technology that could reformulate the energy supplies of our country or even the world, but I see that it’s a small startup that is registered offshore, should I refuse to go there?” Anatoly Chubais said.

Rusnano to Develop ‘Quiet’ Asphalt

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A Russian company’s proposal to create “quiet” asphalt for highways was one of several selected by the EU for further development, the state nanotechnology company Rusnano said Tuesday.

The project to develop silent pavement was launched by the Netherlands’ Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment and aims to reduce the noise pollution produced by tires speeding down highways by 90 percent (10 decibels).

Unikom, a subsidiary of Rusnano supported by the Russian Academy of Sciences, was selected along with three other firms from the Netherlands and Switzerland that will work together on the project.

Unikom proposed modifying the structure of roads by injecting a special form of rubber particle into the hot bitumen that when mixed with crushed stones cools into asphalt.

The additive, called Unirem, is produced from recycled tires and was originally developed to allow a 30-percent increase in road service intervals by improving the durability of asphalt in Russia’s harsh winters.

Unikom’s studies showed that the material also dramatically reduced road noise.

Unikom has already budgeted $55 million on Unirem production, of which $38 million is being provided by Rusnano.

Nanotechnology As Driver of Russian Economy

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During second day of the Open Innovations in Moscow Anatoly Chubais, the head of Rosnano, spoke about development of nanotechnology and innovation sector in Russia.

“Nanotechnology already becoming a driver of the economy of Russia,” Anatoly Chubais during his speech. “Over the past 3 years the growth of the industry of composite materials made ​​up about 20%. Composite materials to be used in avia-, auto-industry.”

“5-10 years ago pharmaceuticals industry lagged by 100%. But it will change due to the program in 2020,” he added. “We have to compete not contradict WTO rules”, he said.

Rusnano to Present New Strategy at Russian Innovation Week

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The main spheres of work for Russia’s corporation RUSNANO at the Russian Innovation Week 2013, which opened on Tuesday, will be familiarising the American and Russian business community with its new strategy and discuss future projects with partners, the corporation’s head Anatoly Chubais said on Tuesday.

“The first task – we live in today with a new strategy of the company, we have to talk about this new strategy. This is what we are doing here,” he stressed.

The second task, according to the RUSNANO head, is to monitor the firms in which the corporation invests. “We’ve got 22 companies here. All, of course, I will not be able to visit them all, but should look at some of them,” Chubais said. “Here in Boston and San Francisco, in Silicon Valley. I’ll just look into the state of affairs with our companies.”

The third task is to hold consultations with the partners. “There are new ideas, new proposals, requests for talks both here and in Silicon Valley. All this will be done,” said Chubais. “These are the main tasks for us.”

The head of RUSNANO noted that he intended to visit, in particular, in the United States two companies. Aquantia – this is a fantastic company that has developed a new logic of wi-fi video transfer over a distance of 100 metres,” said Chubais. “NeoPhotonics is another company in which we have invested, it is unique to the United States, it is engaged in the production of optical chips.”