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International Conference “Composites without Borders”

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International Conference “Composites without Borders”, LogotypeInternational Conference “Composites without Borders” announced to be one of the largest events in composite industry. Open Innovation Expo hosted the event for the first time, from October 31 till November 2, 2013 it attracted over 10 thousand people.
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Composites without borders international conference was organized under initiative of Composite Holding Company, a leader in manufacturing of carbon fibre cased composites in Russia, together with Dow Chemical, leader of global chemical industry. This was a part of Sustainable Future Program, implemented by Dow together with Sochi 2014 organizing committee.

For the first time Composites without borders was held in a unique format: plenary session Composites—new materials, green technologies, panel discussion of Russian and foreign academicians devoted to particularities of manufacturing of carbon fibre from polyacrylonitrile fibres, workshops together with demonstration or real samples of composite applications in different industries. Samples from composites were located in exhibition zone called Composite showroom.

Международная конференция «Композиты без границ» Международная конференция «Композиты без границ»

Over ten thousand people visited Composites without borders conference. Among them, first of all are conference participants, representatives of Russian regions and municipalities, leading construction companies and architect bureaus, Russian and foreign industrial companies of composite and other industries, young innovators and field-oriented students.

Last year we had a similar conference, to tell the truth it was a more sector specific, with considerable engineering part in it. We managed to attract 150 people to the first conference, the second one attracted as much as 250. Over 700 people registered for Composites without borders, all in all there were several thousand visitors. We are extremely encouraged by growth of interest to our industry. “In fact, those people, who come to visit forums and conferences of that kind have the best sense of future, in this case, future of composite industry,” shared his opinion General Director of Composite Holding Company, Leonid Melamed. He assured that, “Russia will have its own competitive products, not just analogues of the existing goods, it will have better quality and lower price”. To achieve that, Holding Company Composite and other players invest a lot of efforts. “I have no doubt, that Russian developers and industry players will be able to put new spin, manufacture new products, make a contribution into a common heritage of mankind”, said Leonid Melamed.

Международная конференция «Композиты без границ» Международная конференция «Композиты без границ»

The conference was started by plenary session devoted to Composites—new materials, green technologies. Among speakers were Anatoly Chubais, chairman of RUSNANO management board, Vasily Osmakov, Director of department for strategic development of Ministry for Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, Igor Ischenko, General Director of Technopolis Moskva, Douglas Parks, Global Business Director, Government Markets & Lightweight Materials at Dow Chemical, Mehmet Berkman, Aksa Board Chairman, DowAksa deputy Board Chairman, Jane den Hollander, President of Deakin University (Australia), Anatoly Gaidansky, General Director of CJSC Aerocomposite, Mikhail Stolyarov, General Director Nanotechnological Center of Composites, Igor Karavayev, executive director of nuclear technologies cluster at Skolkovo Fund. Discussion was moderated by General Director of Holding Company Composite Leonid Melamed and Vasily Belov, acting senior vice president for Skolkovo Fund development.

Discussion participants came to conclusion, that composites gradually win new industries. This is a slow, but already an irreversible process. “What do composites do? How do they get into this full-fledged world with its established business connections, advanced engineer schools, technical teams each having its history over not even decades, but centuries. What do composites do from this point of view? They started in the outer space, from space got down to aviation, nowadays, in front of our eyes they get down on the ground”, acknowledged Anatoly Chubais. He believes, that composite industry development drivers in the near future will be automotive industry, marine and, construction probably the most large-scale".

Международная конференция «Композиты без границ» Международная конференция «Композиты без границ»

By the way, participants were mostly interested in section dedicated to application of materials in construction and municipal services. Composite materials allow to reduce time of repairing and increase bearing capacity of structural elements, retrofit buildings. During construction section KompositSpetzStroy specialists demonstrated how to reinforce fragment of reinforced concrete wall with carbon fibre based composite reinforcement system. This is an easy process similar to wallpapering. Epoxy resin, at first, need to be applied to the target surface, followed by carbon tapes, lamellas or carbon scrims. After that the surface is covered with protective coating. More than 1000 buildings and facilities were repaid in Russia with the help of structural reinforcement system.

“Carbon fibre based composite materials are lighter and stronger than traditional ones used in construction, for example steel and concrete. Replacement of traditional energy-intensive materials allows not only to decrease initial construction costs, but increase operational savings in future. Additional benefit for the environment is reduction of greenhouse gases emissions, caused by construction”, said Douglas Parks.

Международная конференция «Композиты без границ» Международная конференция «Композиты без границ»

On the second day DowAksa, RUSNANO and Holding Company Composite signed the agreement on basic principles of investments into Nanotechnology Center of Composites. This is a joint project of Holding Company Composite and Fund for educational and infrastructure programs. Thus, Nanotechnological Center of Composites is the first Nanocenter in Russia which managed to attract foreign investments.

As for Composite showroom, its Guests were Denis Manturov, minister for industry and trade and heads of Russian Regions: Rustam Minnikhanov, President of Tatarstan; Nikolay Tsukanov, Governor of Kaliningrad Region; Sergey Zhvachkin, Head of Tomsk Rregion; Lev Kuznetsov, Governor of Krasnoyarsk Region. The exhibition was very popular among school kids. During the conference the most exhibition items were visited by more than fifteen hundred representatives of young generation.

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Composite showroom allowed to estimate CFRP processability, allowing to produce large size, medium and even souvenir products. The biggest was satellite dish made of composite materials, dozen times lighter and stronger than the one produced from metal. Thanks to its modular construction and lightweight, it is very easy to install the antenna, it has has high radio reflection capacities, portable. Shipbuilding block was represented by CFRP wing of ground effect vehicle—a boat with dynamic air cushion, able to operate on routes unreachable for ordinary boats. Also, there were presented composite parts for railroads, including console, used to fixture the grid. Console is a dielectric, required no insulation, resistant to acid corrosion, UV radiation, moisture penetration, lightweight, easy to install. Another innovative solution is a grain carrier hooper wagon. The new product is twice as much lighter, which allows to reduce number of operating personnel during loading, the lid can be used in contact with food.

Center of attraction were CFRP race cars manufactured by Art-Line Engineering bureau and student teams of Russia’s leading technical high schools MAMI and MADI, participants of Formula Student international competition. Teams actively use carbon materials to reduce weight of race cars as well as to improve their strength, some developments are unique for race cars of that class. In the end of the conference Art Line Engineering representatives together with participants of Formula 3 held workshop teaching how to build CFRP race cars.

Conference Program

October 31 — 1st Day

  • Presentation of the Stand of the International Conference “Composites Without Borders”
  • Session of the Academic Community: “The Correlations Between the Properties of PAN Precursor and Carbon Fiber Based on It”
  • Presentation for Regional Heads and Ministers of the Construction: “Composites in Reconstruction”

November 1 — 2nd Day

Plenary Session



  • Gleb Nikitin
    First Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation
  • Anatoly Chubais
    Chairman of the Executive Board, RUSNANO
  • Igor Ishchenko
    Chief Executive Officer, Technopolis Moscow
  • Mikhail Stolyarov
    Chief Executive Officer, Nanotechnology Center of Composites
  • Douglas Parks
    Global Business Director, DowAksa
  • Mehmet Ali Berkman
    Chairman of Aksa Board and Deputy Chairman of DowAksa Board of Directors
  • Jane den Hollander
    Vice-Chancellor, Deakin University
  • Anatoly Gaydansky
    President, Aerocomposite
  • Sergey Sokol
    Chief Executive Officer, RT-Chemcomposite
  • Eugene Kablov
    Head, VIAM

SECTION 1: Carbon Fiber Manufacturing and Its Application in Different Industries

Moderators: Yuri Svistunov and Balazs Zsigmond, Holding Company Composites

New Trends in the Production of Carbon Fiber and Composites

  • New Trends in Composite Materials Production
    Brad Dunstan, Deakin University
  • Enabling Low Cost Carbon Fiber Composites
    Nina Hsu, Harper International
  • Cygnet Group — Composites
    Matthew Kimpton-Smith, Cygnet Group

Composites in Automotive

  • Global Trends in Automotive Industry. Light-weight Materials in Transportations
    Marco Barsacchi, DowAksa
  • Composites in Automotive
    Thomas Gries, ITA RWTH-Aachen

Composites in Marine

  • Global Trends in Marine Industry Development
    Levent Gur, DowAksa
  • Application of Polymer Composite Materials in Shipbuilding
    Nikolay Fedonyuk, Krylov State Research Center

Composite in Aviation

  • 3D Textiles in Composites
    Timm Holtermann, ITA RWTH-Aachen
  • Composite Modeling
    Igor Volkov, Bee-Pitron / Saturn
  • Opportunities and Developments for Composites in the Aerospace and Complimentary Industries
    Wilson Oricchio, Reliant Machinery
  • Forming Efficient Load Bearing Optimized Anisotropic Structures from Polymeric Composite Materials
    Gennady Prokofiyev, Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University

Composites in Wind Energy

  • Advantages of Using Carbon Fibre in Wind Blades Productions. Advanced Manufacturing Technologies
    Eric Coleman, The Dow Chemical Company
  • Manufacture of Wind Turbine Blades using Carbon Prepreg
    Damian Bannister, Gurit

SECTION 2: Composites in Construction Industry

Moderator: Evgeney Rafailov, KompozitSpetsStroy

  • Market of Composites in the Russian Construction Industry
    Sergey Pavlov, Holding Company Composite
  • Application of Composites in Constructions
    Anurag Bansal, Acciona
  • Carbon Fiber Technologies in Building and Construction. Global Trends
    Levent Gur, DowAksa
  • World Application of Composites in Construction
    Mr. Sevket Ozden, OKAN University
  • SRS FibARM
    Eugene Rafailov, Holding Company Composite
  • SRS FibARM. Technology
    Pavel Osmak, KompozitSpetsStroy
  • SRS FibARM. Design Principles
    Yury Byrlinsky, KompozitSpetsStroy
  • Evaluation of Reliability and Durability of Carbon-fiber Reinforced
    Oleg Simakov, Holding Company Composite
  • The Internal Reinforcement of Non-metallic Reinforcing
    Yury Byrlinsky, KompozitSpetsStroy
  • Microfine Reinforcement Structures
    Pavel Osmak, KompozitSpetsStroy
  • Why Russia Does Not Go to a Composite Binder for 20 Years?
    Vladimir Volodin, Stroylab
  • Composites in the Urban Economy
    Alexey Rannev, НСС
  • Composite Pipes
    Paul Litsovsky, Holding Company Composite

November 2 — 3rd Day

  • Workshop for the Production of Carbon Fiber Car Parts
October 14–16, 2014Technopolis Moscow, Russia