Portfolio Companies

Galen

Composite Nanopolymer Based on Basalt Fiber

Operating Factories

Shareholders in Portfolio Company 
RUSNANO, Galen

Industry Sector 
Nanomaterials

Production Location 
Cheboksary, Chuvash Republic
Jobs created: 130

Investment Started:  2011

Total Budget

0.69  bln rubles
Co-investment by RUSNANO
0.2  bln rubles

Production of composite nanonstructured polymer reinforced with basalt fiber

Galen will produce four polymer composite products to be used in the construction industry, mining, and road maintenance:

  • Flexible ties for inside walls of buildings: extremely low heat transmission, corrosion resistant, and unaffected by alkalines
  • Pit barring support: safe for using inside mines (no production of sparks when being drilled), lower cost than metal pit barring
  • Construction armature: corrosion resistant, lengthier service life than steel armature, produces more durable structures, lower transportation costs due to lighter weight materials
  • Lighting poles: highly durable, resistant to negative atmospheric impact (including ultraviolet light) and corrosion, more resistant to crashes, and lighter weight than reinforced concrete or metal poles.

Today Galen owns two production sites in Russia and Belarus and dealerships in Russia, CIS countries, and the UK. It is an export-oriented business—30 percent of sales are in Western Europe. The company possesses know-how and more than 20 patents in its field. It has used nanotechnologies in its manufacturing processes since 2009. In 2011 Galen became a portfolio company of RUSNANO.

Galen is the first Russian composites company to form patnerships with world renowned global composites market players such as Top Glass of Italy and Kemrock group of India. These partnerships open access to new technologies. Joint projects will offer Eastern European market world-quality solutions.

Areas of application

  • Construction industry
  • Mining

Market

  • Construction companies, mining companies, underground mines

Competitive advantages

  • Three times more durable than steel
  • Material does not corrode
  • One-quarter the weight of steel
  • Lower transportation costs
  • More economical for erecting tall structures
  • Service life of material exceeds 100 years
  • Heat resistance to 700°С and short-term, to 1,000°С
  • Low heat transfer (1% that of metal), improving thermal insulation by up to 35%

Pultrusion is a production technology for manufacturing construction industry items using plastic fibers in a continuous process. The name pultrusion comes from the English words pull and extrusion. Saturated with polymer binding material, the filler (rope, linen, woven tape, fiberglass, carbon fiber, or organic fiber) is stretched through a heated die that determines its form. The polymer binder is usually made of epoxy resin, unsaturated polyesters, or thermoplastics. Galen uses epoxy resins to which nanoparticles of aluminosilicate montmorillonite have been added for chemical stability, resistance to heat, and impact and fatigue endurance.

Diagram of Galen’s pultrusion unit

Diagram of Galen’s pultrusion unit

This particular method for preparing composite materials has superior compatibility with the environment: СО2 emissions during production of a single run of basalt plastic are one thirty-fifth to one forty-ninth the СО2 emitted during production of regular steel or stainless steel armature. Measured by energy consumption, a kilogram of the composite armature requires only two kilowatts to produce while a kilogram of the steel armature consumes three times the energy.