INTERFABRIC EXHIBITION and THE RUSSIAN TEXTILE WEEK -2018 SOLEMNLY OPENED IN THE EXPOCENTRE FAIRGROUNDS
March 20 “Expocenter” has launched the “Russian Textile Week-2018” and the exhibition “Intertfabric-2018.Spring“. This is a major industry event annually held by the Russian Union Of Entrepreneurs of Textile and Light Industry in conjunction with Expocentre with the support of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, The Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) and the Eurasian Economic Comission. At the same venue on March 20-23 are held simultaneously: the international exhibition “Equipment for the production and processing of textiles” – Inlegmash-2018, the international exhibition of materials on a fibrous basis – Techtextil Russia 2018, the international exhibition of fabrics and textile materials – “Interfabric-2018. Spring“. All these exhibitions, as Mikhail Tolkachev, Deputy Director General of Expocenter, noted at the opening ceremony, represent related areas and are united by a single business program, including activities of more than 20 round tables and workshops on various issues of light industry development and its cooperation with related industries, with a trading segment, profile scientific developments. As noted during the opening of the WEEK, more than 150 companies from 20 countries participate in this forum this year. Compared with last year, the number of participants increased by almost 20%, and the total exhibition area increased by one third. In the opening ceremony of the Russian Textile Week – 2018 took part: Viktor Yevtukhov, President of the Russian Union Of Entrepreneurs of Textile and Light Industry Andrei Razbrodin, Chairman of the Industrial Development Fund Roman Petrutsa, Vice-President of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Elena Dybova, Executive Vice-President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs Viktor Cherepov, First Deputy Head of the FCS Tatyana Golendeeva, the director of the Mono-City Development Fund Ilya Krivogov, the head of the Roskachestvo Maxim Protasov, the State Duma deputy Elena Panina, the head of the state company Bellegprom Nikolay Efimchik. And also representatives of a number of federal agencies, business and expert communities of Russia, countries of near and far abroad. In his speech at the opening ceremony of the Week, Russian Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Viktor Yevtukhov stressed the steady growth rates of production and sales volumes in the Russian light industry. Moreover, a number of sectors of the industry demonstrate relatively high rates of import substitution, “let alone that light industry as a whole is a city-forming and, therefore, a strategic industry for many Russian regions.” , noting at the same time that measures of state support for the industry will continue and, possibly, will be expanded. Among them – subsidizing leasing, rates for loans for renewal of equipment, scientific sphere, the latter – provided that the results of R & D are mandatory. According to the estimates of the Russian Union Of Entrepreneurs of Textile and Light Industry, Andrei Razbrodin, the head of the FRP Roman Petrutsa and the State Duma deputy, Elena Panina, expressed during the opening of the WEEK and at its first plenary session, the industry has demonstrated steady growth rates in recent years. Especially in the sectors of sports and workwear, leather and footwear, the production of chemical fibers, home textiles, children’s clothing. Measures are also being taken, in conjunction with the RF Ministry of Agriculture, to expand the domestic raw materials base of the industry – primarily in woolen, tannery, cotton, and linen segments. Rigid restrictions on the export of the first two types of raw materials, according to A. Razbrodin, create a solid basis for a complex raw-material import substitution in the industry. It is also planned to “add” the woolen sector to the register of state subsidies for animal husbandry by the second half of the year-2018. In addition, this year the planting of industrial crops of the Lower Volga cotton (after a 60-year “break” due to the growing import of this raw material from the Central Asian union republics and Azerbaijan) will be carried out. Experiments have shown that this raw material is in no way inferior to the foreign in terms of its qualitative parameters. It was also noted that a cluster for the production and processing of bast cultures has been successfully formed to produce high-quality natural fiber. According to R. Petrutsa and E. Panina, more than 30 subjects of the Federation plan to participate in this cluster. At the same time, the transfer of tax and non-tax payments to the regional administrations, as stressed by Elena Panina and Andrei Razbrodin, actually increases the fiscal burden of all industries. And in large part – in the sphere of small and medium business. Therefore, a single federal standard for tax and non-tax payments is required. E. Panina and A. Razbrodin also drew attention to the negative practice of “hindsight”cadastral recalculations, which jeopardizes the closure of many enterprises of the industry, especially in the Russian “outback”. President of the Russian Union Of Entrepreneurs of Textile and Light Industry also noted that among the priority tasks is to increase the share of Russian products in the domestic market: by 2018 this figure does not exceed 20%. R.Petruţsa said about more active participation of light industry enterprises in the FRP programs: in 2017 the fund approved over 10 sectoral projects, this year their number will increase significantly; the volume of the Fund’s funds for 2018 is 20 billion rubles. In this connection, recently a decision was taken on a single lending rate for financing projects by the FRP not more than 3%: the former was varied by 3 – 5%. But an obligatory condition for lending is the availability of bank guarantees from the partner enterprise of the Fund. Within the framework of the Opening of the Week, the ceremony of awarding the winners of the first professional textiles contest Textile Design Talents in Russia was held. Organized on the initiative of Solstudio Textile Design and the Russian Union Of Entrepreneurs of Textile and Light Industry with the support of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation. The first place in this competition was occupied by Muscovite Sofia Eliseeva. The third place went to Darina Birulina, the second – to Vasilina Tolmacheva, and the special jury prize was given to Maxim Krylov. Within the first day of the Russian Textile Week, the first plenary meeting “Domestic Light Industry-2018. Reboot: from stimulation and support to sustainable development ” took place. The meeting was chaired by the president of the Russian Union Of Entrepreneurs of Textile and Light Industry Andrei Razbrodin. As Viktor Yevtukhov noted in his speech, the Russian light industry completed the year of 2017 with the growth of production in all sectors, and “the dynamics of the first three months of this year gives reason to believe that 2018 will also be positive for this industry.” The production of textiles in the Russian Federation in 2017, according to V.Yevtukhov, increased by 7.1% compared to the previous year, clothes by 3.8%, leather and leather products – by 4.3%. Production of synthetic fabrics grew by almost 25% last year, knitwear – by 14%, footwear – by almost 12%. “The support measures, both monetary and regulatory, played a role here, which our ministry, together with our industry associations, associations and enterprises, developed and implemented in practice.” Export is also growing: the deputy head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade specified that exports of light industry products, according to the Federal Customs Service, increased by 17% last year compared to 2016, to $ 1.4 billion. Viktor Yevtukhov emphasized that active cooperation between this department and the industry itself will continue with the IDF, MDF, and the Russian Export Center. Among the main problems, the state secretary of the department called the high share of illegal products on the market, reaching, according to some estimates, 30 or even 40%. To help in solving the problem can, in particular, the product labeling system. “In the next two years,” explained V.Yevtukhov, “This is leather footwear, outerwear, shirts, blouses, suits, bed and table linens within the labeling system.” And in general, the total share of the light industry in the all-Russian GDP, according to the deputy minister, is planned to be increased to 4-4.5% compared to 1-1.5% in 2016-2017. At the same time, it was noted at the meeting that higher growth rates in the light industry are being restrained, along with sectoral factors, and the general economic situation. Including, the volatility of the exchange rate, the decrease in solvent demand, the stringent conditions of bank lending, the unsettledness of many issues of customs and tariff regulation within the framework of the EAEU. Specialists of the industry proposed a number of specific measures to ensure sustainable development of domestic light industry, including more active attraction of investments in this industry. State Duma Deputy Elena Panina noted the great potential of the textile and light industry in the domestic and foreign markets, stressing that the state support measures of the industry “are developing with the adoption of the law on industrial policy.” In her opinion, the increase in the competitiveness of the products of the domestic light industry would be facilitated, first of all, by the reduction of the tax burden on business and the solution – within the framework of the EAEU – of the problem of the importation of counterfeit products. Tatiana Golendeeva, the first deputy head of the Federal Customs Service, told the session about the customs regulation of the industry. Recalling that on January 1 of this year the Customs Code of the EAEU came into force, aimed at simplification and acceleration of customs procedures. Providing, in particular, automatic registration and release of goods. “We understand our responsibility to the participants of foreign trade activities to prevent gray imports to the territory of our country,” said the representative of the FCS. Tatiana Golendeeva considers not only the introduction of the marking system, but also the debugging of the traceability system of goods throughout the territory of the Russian Federation and the whole of the EAEU as effective mechanisms for solving this problem. T.Golendeeva and other experts also focused attention on the remaining discrepancies between the countries of the EAEC in the interpretation of dumping, re-export, counterfeit. Financial support to enterprises of the light industry is ready to continue to be provided by the Industrial Development Fund. According to the chairman of the FRP Roman Petrutsa, the procedure for obtaining the Fund’s funds has been simplified as much as possible. Moreover, enterprises of manufacturing industries are increasingly requesting loans from the FRP, which indicates, in particular, about the positive dynamics of development of these industries. Vice-president of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation Elena Dybova stressed that within the framework of one large exhibition area “the whole production chain of the textile industry has come together – from the producer of special equipment and raw materials to the designers of modern fabrics. It is very convenient for a modern businessman who can find new partners within a single large-scale industry event, new equipment, get acquainted with the latest technologies. ” E.Dybova, head of the RF CCI Council on Industrial Development Konstantin Babkin, executive vice-president of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs Viktor Cherepov and other participants of the meeting also noted that the interest of foreign business to the WEEK and to the enterprises participating in this extensive forum is growing. The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation notes close cooperation with the Russian Union Of Entrepreneurs of Textile and Light Industry, the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs and the Expocenter, which only benefits the industry. Including, joint proposals sent to the federal and regional authorities aimed at solving various problems of the light industry and related industries. This is all the more productive, since the management of the Russian Union of Entrepreneurs of Textile and Light Industry is a member of the management of the structure of the CCI and the RSPP. And in general, such joint work is an integral part of the set of proposals developed under the auspices of the RF CCI, in the context of Vladimir Putin’s Address to the Federal Assembly, on the re-industrialization of the economy and, accordingly, of Russia’s exports. Similar assessments of the situation in the industry and proposals for solving sectoral and cross-sectoral problems were voiced by other participants in the meeting. At the same time, the Head of Roskachestvo Maxim Protasov drew attention to the fact that an increasing number of enterprises of the light industry increases the quality of their products, and this is expressed, in particular, by its growing nomination with appropriate certificates. At the same time, it is required to strengthen counteraction against counterfeit goods, etc. products, so Roskachestvo will continue to closely cooperate on these issues, the relevant federal agencies, trade unions and trade networks. Nikolai Efimchik, the head of Bellegprom, declared about the “underutilized” potential of cooperation between the textile industry of the Russian Federation and Belarus in the raw, technological, and scientific marketing segments. Stressing that, for example, the development of cooperation ties in the linen sub-sector, in the production of chemical fibers and products based on them, including interaction in the scientific and technological base of the same sectors will increase competitiveness. Personnel problems of the industry were the focus of speech at the meeting of Oleg Kashcheev, vice-rector of the RSU named after A.N. Kosygin Oleg Kashcheev. Noting the “aging” of highly qualified personnel and the insufficient level of replenishment of the personnel deficit in the industry, O. Kashcheev suggested creating a specialized Center for training / retraining of sectoral personnel on the mechanisms of public-private partnership. Increasing the prestige of work in the sub-sectors of the light industry would also be promoted by raising the level of salaries and proper social infrastructure in the country’s textile complex.