A major competitive advantage of Metals Segment of the Group is its in-house R&D, engineering and design resources, which enables the company to develop its scientific ideas and turn them into cutting-edge technologies, state-of-the-art equipment and technically advanced facilities.
Metals Segment’s research takes place at the Krasnoyarsk-based Engineering and Technology Centre and Russian Aluminium and Magnesium Institute, based in Saint Petersburg and Irkutsk. The Group also collaborates with Russia’s leading educational institutions: Moscow and Saint Petersburg State Universities, the National University of Science and Technology and Irkutsk State Technical University. In June 2010, the Metals Segment signed a five-year agreement with the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. The company also places R&D orders with the Russian Academy of Sciences and its regional branches.