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Abrasion-resistant Parts from Nanostructured Ceramic and Metal-ceramic Materials

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Shareholders in Portfolio Company 
RUSNANO, VIRIAL, Siberian Organics, CapMan Russia

Industry Sector 
New materials (Nanomaterials)

Production Location 
St. Petersburg
Jobs created: 200

Investment Started:  2009

Total Budget

1.70  bln rubles
Co-investment by RUSNANO
0.65  bln rubles

Production of durable items of nanostructured ceramic and metal-ceramic materials

Abrasion-resistant parts from nanostructured ceramic and metal-ceramic materialsThis project will carry out full-cycle production of nanostructured ceramic and metal-ceramic tribotechnical items that must withstand friction and heavy wear and function under high temperature and high pressure in corrosive and abrasive environments. The items include bearings, face seal rings, rotary cutting tools, and interchangeable multifaceted blades. VIRIAL will also produce ceramic and metalceramic cutting tools that make processing equipment more productive and precise. These tools are designed for operation with extremely hard, durable, and thermally stable metals and composite materials.

Nanostructured materials offer important advantages over metals and polymers: greater wear resistance, operation in a broader temperature range, and chemical inertness. When used in industrial pumping equipment, nanostructured materials increases reliability and service life by 20 percent to 30 percent.

In August 2011 VIRIAL launched a new line for high-tech manufacturing at its St. Petersburg factory. As a result, the company raised production output to 1.2 million items. The higher production volume and a broader selection of goods enabled VIRIAL to raise sales to 700 million rubles in 2011, 17 percent above its 2010 sales level.

Areas of application

  • Oil, chemical, nuclear, cable, mining, and paper and pulp industries
  • Metal- and woodworking


  • Engineering companies in oil and gas, chemistry and nuclear energy; metal working companies

Competitive advantages

  • Ability of machinery to work under extreme conditions
  • Fewer materials and less energy required to produce goods
  • Longer service life of machinery and equipment