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Viktor Evtukhov

Viktor Evtukhov

State Secretary – Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation
Quotes
07.09.2022
EEF 2022
Far Eastern Federal District Construction Sector: A New Quality of Life
We need to ensure logistics from Primorye Territory to Magadan Region. We need to understand that creating new capacities in Far Eastern regions is not always justified due to seasons factor. We can face underused capacities, downtime, and losses. <…> It is clear that we have certain deficits in the Far East. We need to create production capacities for construction mixes and roll roofing.  We are working with all construction material producers so that they create new facilities in the Far East
07.09.2022
EEF 2022
Far Eastern Federal District Construction Sector: A New Quality of Life
There is a certain deficit that is covered by excessive capacities of the Ural and Siberian Federal Districts. By the way, it is also Volga and Central Federal District. Indeed, the logistics is complex, with a big distance. However, most construction materials have a small shipment distance [delivery within one business day; distance within 500 km, – Ed.]
07.09.2022
EEF 2022
Far Eastern Federal District Construction Sector: A New Quality of Life
The strategic goal of the Far East is to enhance the competitive ability of local economy to the level of at least that in the European part of Russia. It will take efforts in all areas and in all industries. Yet, the construction industry is the driver for the whole economy, of course. We already witness high results in construction
07.09.2022
EEF 2022
The Future of Industries: What to Buy and What to Produce? Shipbuilding
A mandatory expert analysis should be conducted by both the customer and the shipyard prior to a ship construction contract being signed. <...> When building a commercial fleet, a shipyard should also undergo an expert analysis in order to avoid getting into loss-making contracts. Unfortunately, this is a problem we have. It was particularly acute when the shipyards were less busy
07.09.2022
EEF 2022
The Future of Industries: What to Buy and What to Produce? Shipbuilding
Today, our objective as a manufacturer is to present the customer with projects which can be calculated in advance and agreed upon, so that the terms reached work well for both the customer, and the manufacturer
07.09.2022
EEF 2022
The Future of Industries: What to Buy and What to Produce? Shipbuilding
We urgently need to localize production of equipment. <...> There are numerous problems in this sector, because Western suppliers are refusing to even deliver equipment that has been paid for in advance, and our manufacturers are not yet in a position to make it themselves. <...> RUB 21 billion will be allocated over three years to fund [the production – ed.] of critical equipment. That includes more than 60 items. <...> Starting from this year, we will be able to meet the demand for this equipment among shipyards and our customers
07.09.2022
EEF 2022
The Future of Industries: What to Buy and What to Produce? Shipbuilding
If we want to build ships ourselves, there’s no other option. That’s particularly true given the current sanctions. We need to invest heavily in Russia’s shipbuilding industry. In addition, the modernization of shipyards is a prerequisite for further development. If we don’t do this, it will be difficult to compete with our closest neighbours in the region we’re in now. That includes China and North Korea. <...> At least RUB 440–500 billion in capital investment is needed to modernize and develop our shipyards, and to enable them to offer more up to date ships and a bigger range
07.09.2022
EEF 2022
The Future of Industries: What to Buy and What to Produce? Shipbuilding
Our objective is firstly to determine with more or less certainty what the demand for ships will be for Russian customers. The second aspect is that we are actively monitoring the actual state of ship-repair capacity. This is so we gain an understanding of the objective picture, and know whether we can, with the shipbuilding capacity we have, construct the ships which various customers need today. These customers range from private companies to those which make orders under Federal Law 44, i.e., state-owned companies. <...> Until recently, there was a need for a little over 1,000 ships; however, <...> this has grown. <...> So, we need to construct around 1,500 vessels at our Russian shipyards by 2035. The programme for around 300 ships initially earmarked a little over RUB 130–140 billion of funds. However, just recently it came under review, and a fairly large amount of medium- and large-capacity marine equipment was added to it. Now, RUB 500 billion has been earmarked
06.09.2022
EEF 2022
Fishing Industry: New Horizons
We got a big order from companies that primarily participated in the Quotas Under the Keel competition. These are both fishermen and crab boaters. We have a total order book of 105 vessels, nine have been delivered, nine will be delivered this year, 70 are now under construction
06.09.2022
EEF 2022
Fishing Industry: New Horizons
There should be several standardized projects [of vessels – Ed.] to enter into the series so that we will be able to offer the customer a really good price. Because indeed, all customers say: it is cheaper to build ships in China and even in Turkey than in the Russian Federation
06.09.2022
EEF 2022
Fishing Industry: New Horizons
We can find – and do find – Russian suppliers for some equipment, there is Kurs labs <...> there is a large amount of equipment which we are ready to deliver for Russian shipbuilding industry, for Russian customers. It has already been digitized. But there is critical imports list, we have defined it: it contains more than 60 items. We are now receiving funding <...> from the Government for three years to replace these critical items
06.09.2022
EEF 2022
Fishing Industry: New Horizons
In general, it turned out that in terms of fishing vessels we were in the most import-dependent position. Unlike the icebreaker fleet, unlike the river-sea ships, <...> it turned out to be the most import-dependent direction. <...> There's more than 60% [dependence – Ed.] on foreign equipment, especially in the fishing
06.09.2022
EEF 2022
The Northern Sea Route: Quicker, Safer, and More Efficient
We have really good competencies, and we have an excellent site for building nuclear-powered icebreakers. It is the Baltic Shipyard. But there are also other sites for building non-nuclear icebreakers. <...> We have, for example, 32 ice class ships under contract, of which 25 are being built at Zvezda and seven in South Korea. But, we have a prospective need for another 71. Here it is necessary for us as industry supervisors to firstly understand exactly how many vessels will be built and the stages of this construction. This is to ensure a stable work plan for the shipyards so that everything can be done on time
16.06.2022
SPIEF 2022
The Northern Sea Route: An International Transport Corridor
To provide for development of the Northern Sea Route infrastructure, we are now building 37 vessels, including a certain number of nuclear-powered ice-breakers. […] As for big Arctic class, ice-breaker class, large tonnage vessels – this is Zvezda, a super-wharf, but again: 32 vessels are currently on order, with another 50 potential orders, but this also depends on how the customers and operators feel, what will happen with their projects, their cargo volumes
16.06.2022
SPIEF 2022
Combatting Counterfeit Goods: A Strategy for Rescuing the Economy
There are counterfeit goods in all countries. On any Mediterranean beach, one can buy virtually anything. Now that there are parallel imports, the danger of counterfeit production is growing. Goods subject to labelling are brought into the country as parallel imports and must be labelled in the customs warehouse. On the other hand, our competent authorities have all the possibilities to cut off this inflow
16.06.2022
SPIEF 2022
New Logistics for New Challenges
We are bringing back the decision to subsidize the export of metallurgical products. Last year, understandably, it made no sense: the products were being shipped, prices were high, they ‘flew off the handle’. Today, there is a problem, so we will return the subsidy
16.06.2022
SPIEF 2022
Oceans and Global Transformation: What Kind of Fleet does Russia and the World Need?
On the one hand, we need to gain a foothold in those segments that we have already developed: mixed transport vessels, service and auxiliary vessels, technical fleet vessels, ferries – both large and for regional transportation. But at the same time, if we look at competencies that we have begun to develop recently, we are still extremely dependent on imports. These are fishing vessels, offshore machinery, and so on,
16.06.2022
SPIEF 2022
Oceans and Global Transformation: What Kind of Fleet does Russia and the World Need?
Since 2014, significant support measures have been implemented in the industry, including more than RUB 260 billion in subsidies, R&D, and much more. The industry will undoubtedly need more support, but the time has come when every rouble must be accounted for. It is impossible to constantly carry out financial rehabilitation of the shipyards and react to their money requests
16.06.2022
SPIEF 2022
Oceans and Global Transformation: What Kind of Fleet does Russia and the World Need?
Previously, we relied on the requirements of Decree 719, but by now it is already outdated and needs to be changed. The decree suggested a gradual replacement, whereas currently almost everything needs to be replaced, and it has to be done immediately
02.09.2021
EEF 2021
Carbon-Free Energy and the Future of Fossil Fuels
There is no getting away from it – we need to boost production of low-carbon fuel. First of all, we have our own requirements, which are set out in reference manuals for the best available technologies. The first 300 enterprises must fairly rapidly undergo ecological modernization from the point of view of environmental requirements. Secondly, in terms of primary industries, we are net exporters – we supply other countries more than we consume ourselves. <...> And our products have appeared in the list of goods which are today being reviewed in the European Union’s document on carbon tax. This specifically affects the chemical industry, metallurgy, and cement
02.09.2021
EEF 2021
Cleaning up the Planet: The Circular Economy
Plastic cannot be recycled multiple times and ultimately has to go somewhere. But for this we have energy recovery, which […] we are supporting […] We are debating about how many modern waste incineration plants should be built in our country. As you know, five are already under construction, and we are talking about [building] 25 […] I’d like to remind you that […] there are now more than 1,700 waste incineration plants in the world […] In Switzerland, there are 30, in Japan – 800, and in China – 280
02.09.2021
EEF 2021
Cleaning up the Planet: The Circular Economy
We have now reached an import substitution level of around 60–65%. It’s clear that this is mainly equipment that our factories from the engineering industry are producing. Now the goal […] is to produce high-tech equipment [...] In St. Petersburg, the company Intelligent Systems produced a robotic arm with integrated artificial intelligence, which sorts 20 types of different packaging [...] There are more examples of such high-precision separators
02.09.2021
EEF 2021
Cleaning up the Planet: The Circular Economy
Energy recovery is not yet prevalent in the minds of citizens because they have such a wary attitude towards it […] Neither we nor the rest of the world will move away from this type of waste disposal in the coming years [...] I think we will learn how to select waste as much as we can [...] but one way or another some tailings will remain and we will still have to do something with these tailings
02.09.2021
EEF 2021
Cleaning up the Planet: The Circular Economy
We are responsible for different industries that produce entirely different products from different materials and different raw commodities […] When we talk about abandoning certain types of packaging […], it’s good that we can pack everything in paper, but it’s physically impossible
02.09.2021
EEF 2021
Cleaning up the Planet: The Circular Economy
I think we need to discuss the question of where we are going in the Far East. That is to say, what is of utmost importance: this nevertheless means material utilization, energy utilization, and creating good modern landfills that take into account the number of territories
02.09.2021
EEF 2021
Cleaning up the Planet: The Circular Economy
We are largely responsible for the technological component [...] Our job is to increase the volume of equipment, specifically high-tech equipment, that is produced in the Russian Federation so that it’s cheaper to create such [waste disposal] facilities and so that our public law company [...] can effectively help business establish such facilities on our territory as quickly and efficiently as possible
04.09.2019
EEF 2019
The Development Path for Petrochemicals in the East: Projects, Support Measures, Drivers of Growth
I would like to draw the attention of potential and existing investors to two important mechanisms being introduced. First of all, these are corporate programmes, Government Decree No. 195, opportunity to access discounted credit tools with a subsidized interest rate for the companies that are ready to make a technology-savvy competitive and export-oriented product. This mechanism is already effective, and now the projects are going through the first round of selection for it. The second mechanism is SPIC 2.0. All decisions about it have been made. Let me remind you that the main requirement is the following: it is either a deed of transfer or creation of a new technology or making a high-tech product. In this case, we can be eligible for the measures stated: a possibility of zeroing profit tax or property tax or transport tax. While unlike SPIC 1.0, the special investment contract must be approved and signed by four parties: the ministry, the region, the municipality and the investor
04.09.2019
EEF 2019
From Raw Materials to Advanced Processing: Achieving Growth in the Forestry Sector
Decree number 1520 of the Government of the Russian Federation was adopted, related to the timber processing in the Far East. Also, a tariff quota was introduced for export of round timber of Far Eastern species, exclusively for enterprises that have set up processing capacities and have been exporting timber products. <…> In the first six months of 2019, the amount of unprocessed timber export decreased by almost 25%
05.09.2019
EEF 2019
The Digital Transformation of International Trade: E-commerce and Beyond
As for our retail, <…> everything that can be digitalized – we are talking not only about online trading, but also the adoption of digital technologies and new platforms in offline trading – all of this will come to pass, starting with warehouse automation. <…> The implementation of virtual reality begins with staff training, <…> predictive analytics are being used, <…> the use of biometric data <…> Our trade understands all of this, and that there is no escaping it – it is competition, and it is a competitive advantage
06.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Reaction Rates: Trends in the Global Chemical Industry
An engineering centre has already been established [at the Dmitry Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology of Russia – Ed.] which is not only developing new product specimens, but is organizing small-scale production. Together with our major partners in the chemical industry, we shall create a tech valley nearby
06.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Reaction Rates: Trends in the Global Chemical Industry
We have two roadmaps to develop the sector. One of these, which we are already working on, involves replacing imports, encompassing 200 projects and around RUB 1 trillion in investment. In addition, we are being directed more to the international market in order to increase non-commodity exports. As part of a national project, our ministry has been tasked with increasing revenue from the chemical industry from 17 billion to 37 billion
06.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Reaction Rates: Trends in the Global Chemical Industry
Our chemical industry ranks fairly highly internationally. We are one of the world’s top three producers of mineral fertilizers, top five producers of base polymers, and in 9th–10th position overall
15.02.2019
Russian Investment Forum 2019
Counterfeits vs Everyone: The Damage to Legal Business and the National Economy
Our main task is to work together to clear the market of illicit products and to do everything possible in various sectors so that those who comply with the law, those who run a legitimate business, those who develop their production, can have all the necessary competitive advantages provided by the government in order for them to conduct a transparent, responsible, bona fide business
15.02.2019
Russian Investment Forum 2019
Chemistry for Life
The reverse excise tax is definitely important for enterprises, because large amounts have been invested. However, the reverse excise tax is not helpful from the price perspective, it will be the global price anyway. On the other hand, more will be produced, but all products may go abroad where it will be willingly bought
15.02.2019
Russian Investment Forum 2019
Chemistry for Life
We are doing quite well at large-tonnage polymers; however, we need more raw materials for low-tonnage chemical products. <…> They are required for developing new products with high added value, which would be in demand inside the country and would be exported
15.02.2019
Russian Investment Forum 2019
Chemistry for Life
The process of creating new and modernising existing productions remains ongoing. In 2018, 20 investment projects were launched, the total amount of investments adding up to 42 billion roubles. And those were totally different projects in different regions — starting from production of methanol, carbamides, and water-soluble fertilizers to hygiene items, and other areas
15.02.2019
Russian Investment Forum 2019
Chemistry for Life
The consumption of chemical products per capita in this country is twice as low as it is abroad, so we have a long way to go. I am sure, however, that it will not have any impact on our health. Increased use of chemical products will help us achieve significant results in other areas of Russian industry
14.02.2019
Russian Investment Forum 2019
Ecology as a Measure of Quality of Life
We have measures of state support in place <...> These are the Industrial Development Fund, subsidies, pilot production batches, and many others
14.02.2019
Russian Investment Forum 2019
Ecology as a Measure of Quality of Life
Investments need to be made, modernization and technological re-equipment <...> this will require a large amount of investment <...> this means trillions of roubles
14.02.2019
Russian Investment Forum 2019
Ecology as a Measure of Quality of Life
We must <...> think about what the next generations will inherit. For that reason, the environment and economy are now inextricably linked
03.10.2018
Russian Energy Week 2018
Identifying a Strategy to Succeed on the Global Petrochemical Market
We <...> have identified three main priorities for the development of the chemical industry until 2030: cluster approach, departure from the model based on raw materials export, and chemicalization of domestic production
03.10.2018
Russian Energy Week 2018
Identifying a Strategy to Succeed on the Global Petrochemical Market
Two hundred innovative projects in the chemical sector totaling over 1 trillion roubles are planned for implementation. Since the beginning of 2018, 10 projects have already been implemented. The volume of investments exceeded 2.8 billion roubles
25.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Circular Economy: The Russian Model and Foreign Experience
We have a pyramid of priorities regarding what to do with waste. Reduced consumption of raw materials takes the first place. The second place goes to reduced waste generation. Number three is recycling, and in some place we’ll may be able to create secondary resource involved in the turnover. Then it’s incineration as a type of disposal. The measure of last resort is a landfill
12.09.2018
EEF 2018
National Ecology Project: State Priorities, Business Opportunities
We have managed to localize the level of our equipment up to 50%, and our goal for 2024 is 80%, although, today, one can design a proper waste-recycling facility using up to 90% of Russian-made equipment
24.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Made in Russia: National and Regional Branding as Tools for Economic Development and Promoting Russia around the World
Today, in order to compete, to build national brands and proudly assign them with the Made in Russia label, we need to employ new technologies and create new products
24.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Made in Russia: National and Regional Branding as Tools for Economic Development and Promoting Russia around the World
How do we promote the Made in Russia brand? Both the Roscongress Foundation and the Russian Export Center are focused on doing so. Together with Russia Today, they are showcasing the Made in Russia brand at airports in the run-up to the World Cup. This is the right thing to do – we need to take advantage of such important events. There will be lots of tourists, who will get to see all this and buy souvenirs. We’ve accomplished a great deal of work, especially over the last two years. We have also seen the establishment of the Russian Quality System brand. Three and a half thousand items have undergone the inspection procedure, and a great many of them which comply with superior standards were issued with its mark of quality. Goods with this label show an increase in sales of 30–35%. Thirty million Russians trust the information provided by the Russian Quality System. <…> Until we have trust in our products and start buying them, nobody will purchase them abroad
24.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Coordinating the International Effort Against Illicit Trafficking in Manufactured Goods: Potential Ways Forward
State Commission for Counteracting Illegal Turnover of Industrial Products has been set up. <...> Regional commissions have been established. <...> After the commission started to work <...> our indicators measuring illegal turnover improve every year