Modernization Council approves the NTI Roadmap on the development of the advanced manufacturing technologies

The first roadmap on cross-marketing development of the National Technology Initiative (NTI) - “Advanced Manufacturing Technologies” - TechNet was approved on February 14, 2017 at the meeting of the presidium of the Council for Economic Modernization and Innovative Development of the Russian Federation chaired by Dmitry Medvedev.

According to the Head of the Government, Technet summarizes technology solutions which “crucially change industrial manufacture making it efficient, automated, allowing for digitization of all product turnover stages, from the engineering to the product application”.

Denis Manturov, Minister of Industry and Trade, highlighted that the Technet roadmap is building up the existing public programs towards “advanced manufacturing technologies”.

“The most prospective directions needed to be developed today are digital design and modeling, new materials, additive technologies, industrial Internet, robotics,” the Minister said. “The global market of “factories of the future” services has been already evaluated at about 773 billion dollars, but the share of Russia is 0.28% only by now. The roadmap goal is to increase this share at least to 15%.”

At the first stages, the roadmap will cover not less than 8 industrial sectors, Vasiliy Osmakov, Co-chairman of Technet working group, the Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade,.

“Notably, a number of projects is already being implemented. For example, in the automotive industry it is manufacture of a radically new car UAZ Patriot, model 2020, as well as the development of the company “Volgabus”, an unmanned commercial vehicle and a series of low-floor buses”, explained Vasiliy Osmakov. “In ship construction we can mention the project of the Baltic plant - the biggest nuclear icebreaker i the world called 22220 “Arctic”. As for the nuclear power sector, here the prospective projects are led by Rosatom introducing the management systems for the complex engineering facilities. Some other projects relate to aircraft construction and the rocket-and-space sector”.

The active consumers of products and new developments created on the Technet grounds will be transport market companies (Autonet, Aeronet and Marinet).

The approach proposed by the roadmap developers allows for integrating Technet into traditional economic sectors.

Emergence of complex tasks at the border od several sectors requires the industry to have the shortest possible development cycles, low prices and high product quality. “However, no separate technology is capable of provision of a long-term competitive advantage at the market,” believes Alexey Borovkov, Co-chairman of the Technet working group, Vice Principal on Prospective Projects of  Peter the Great St.Petersburg Polytechnic University.

According to him, the advantage can be obtained only by “complex systems of advanced technology solutions integrated in the technological chains (“Factories of the Future”)”. To test this approach in practice, “launch of several test grounds is stipulated”, Alexey Borovkov reported.

VEB is ready to fund the projects for complex introduction of prospective technologies in the production environment.

“Interrelated systems in the Industry 4.0 give the opportunity to collect and analyze vast data sets and to introduce flexible and efficient processes to produce high-quality products,” said Sergey Gorkov, VEB President. “The biggest problem will become the search and attraction of high-qualified employees, ensuring of data safety and a significant volume of investments to move to the new forms of production organization. VEB is going to provide financial support to perspective projects”.

The top-priority events for the roadmap implementation in 2017-2019:

  • Launch of 4 test grounds, including those based at the Institute of Advanced Production Technologies, SPbPU, and at the research and manufacturing association “Saturn”;
  • Launch of 5 “Factories of the Future” in the high-tech industrial sectors;
  • Launch of the company’s acceleration system in the area of advanced production technologies and building of certification centers;
  • Creation of the National Center for Testing, Verification and Validation of Software in the area of Computer and Super Computer Engineering, the National Network Center of the Reverse Engineering and Prototyping and the PPT Transfer Centers as well Centers for Research, Training and Support of Technet NTI Export (to China and Europe);
  • According to the roadmap, by 2035 there will be 40 “Factories of the Future”.