Tanners Volgograd and Kazan scientists from developed nano-modified skin

Tanners Volgograd enterprises "PO"Chevrette" together with scientists from Kazan developed technology to produce nano-modified skin. Its unique in the world does not exist. In Kazan already produced pilot production systems, and the resulting materials with properties on the head surpassed conventional natural leather.

— After the plasma treatment of leather for shoes modifies the structure at the molecular level, or in today’s terms "Nanomodifitsiruetsya". As a result, defects are smoothed, increases the tensile strength and crack formation is much better holding Paint. Genuine leather in the performance of Volgograd innovators acquired one-way membrane properties, akin to the famous gorteksu.

The use of the know-how will create in the region footwear cluster, and successful competition with China in the WTO will provide a unique niche footwear for the military, rescue workers and to work in the harsh climatic conditions.Went further

Ten years ago, entrepreneur Alexey Pastukhov bought in Volgograd leather industry, has established Italian equipment, enterprise and small updates "PO"Chevrette" began distributing products "on the mountain".

— Tannery business refers to the category of high-risk, but with the right approach allows a good living — the businessman said. But we want something bigger breakthrough, which in practice, the leather industry has never been.

Take, for example, the creation of the famous fabric GoreTex. Now without them is unthinkable production of clothing and footwear for climbers, skiers, military, and all those who lead an active lifestyle. Back in 1969 Bob Gore, now president of the digging of WL Gore & Associates, noted that PTFE can stretch and take the form of solid microporous material. As a result, the light appeared GoreTex — material with the properties of a one-way membrane: it releases moisture from the inside and do not miss out. Subsequently GoreTex began to be used in the manufacture of clothing and footwear and bring not only the creator of the world-famous, but also the fabulous profits.

However, Volgograd tanners have decided to go further. After all, like it or not, and polytetrafluoroethylene — a synthetic material, and for all its virtues on a number of indicators gives natural leather.

"Only the shoes of leather in the process of socks can" sit "on the leg, and all attempts to use leatherette so useless and failed, — said Alexey Pastukhov. — That is why shoes leatherette market still does not accept a large scale. "

Substitute gorteksa

Success in business is usually determined by the wit, observation and entrepreneurial intuition. So, several years ago, Volgograd tanners puzzled idea: why not try to create a material of leather, but with all the advantages of PTFE?

And here can be very useful research and development scientists have fallen Kazan National Research Technological University. From the point of view of the layman they were called wonder: "High-frequency plasma treatment of porous fibrous materials, including high molecular compounds", for tanners but it was just what you need.

— The essence of our research was to develop that leather was exposed to the plasma in the chamber with an inert gas, reduced pressure. Thanks to this "sensitive" material is not destroyed by heat and becomes a completely new properties — said "VP" Head of obtaining and modifying nananomaterialov collective use "Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials" Kazan National Research Technological University Pavel Andreev.

Led the research manager. Department of skin and fur, now rector of the university Eldar Abdulin. Later, a group of scientists and manufacturers of these developments was the winner of the Government of Russia. However, from the application of scientific research to the development of production technology — a lot of work. Therefore, "Chevrette" have decided to take part in the development process and become patentees.

Investing money seemed risky, but the results exceeded all expectations. In Kazan already produced pilot production systems, and the resulting materials with properties on the head surpassed conventional natural leather.

— After the plasma treatment of leather for shoes modifies the structure at the molecular level, or in today’s terms "Nanomodifitsiruetsya". As a result, defects are smoothed out, increases the tensile strength and the formation of cracks is much better kept painting, — says Alexey Shepherds.

According Gostovskaya indicators Volgograd nanokozha furnish the usual 10-20%, and in some cases, all 200%! But the most amazing leather by the Volgograd innovators acquired one-way membrane properties, akin to the famous gorteksu. Such achievements certainly could not remain without attention of the leadership of the region. Moreover, that the Deputy Prime Minister of the Volgograd region Vasily Galushkin long-cherished idea of a shoe in the region of the cluster. Thanks to the support of the regional government in the Volgograd region began to flourish sewing and textile cluster.

Against this background, the proposal on the shoe does not look fantastic. But with mediocre boots on risky footwear market is off limits. Cheap segment is almost completely controlled by the manufacturers from China. And even that is made in Russia, often a "screwdriver" assembly of the Chinese pieces. Another thing — nanomodified leather, which offers "Chevrette."

Therefore, according to Basil Galushkina, it can make use of nanokozhi Volgograd shoes competitive in the WTO. Already, at the implementation stage, a genuine interest in these products exhibit the military and FEMA. Letters from them about it repeatedly received the government of the Volgograd region. To start a guaranteed market for public procurement could be security forces, and at the next stage, you can safely go to commercial, including foreign markets.

According to the laws of synergy

"In the European Union Army and work shoes runs a complex certification — says Alexey Pastukhov. — A skin made by our technology, fully complies with the European requirements. "

On the other hand, the rate of breakthrough, innovative technologies will provide a synergistic boost to the development of related industries, such as animal husbandry. If in the region will develop a large-scale shoe production, the price of pelts of farm animals will inevitably increase. This will increase the profitability of livestock and create conditions for their modernization and development. Meanwhile, plans innovators not only the production of an innovative product, but also the sale of patents, replication of innovative technology.

Back in 2009, Volgograd, the project was approved by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia as a perspective. But the cost of creating the production — 500 million rubles — very heavy burden for a small tannery.

However, according to Alexey Pastukhov, the chances that the project will be implemented remain high:

— Is it possible not only to government-subsidized interest rate on the loan, but also the direct financing of the project from the state treasury, if he’s found "a significant investment." This is something we are working now, and with the active support of the Government of the Volgograd region.

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