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Expert: We need to find balance between industrial safety and import substitution

20.07.2018

"A double-edged sword"

Russia needs to find balance between import substitution and industrial safety concerns. This was a point of view of Alexander Moskalenko, President of GCE Group, which he expressed during the XVI International Forum on Industrial Safety, BNA reports.

“Opinions were expressed during the Forum that if industrial safety is the main focus, than import substitution should be put aside. On the other hand, if there are more sanctions imposed, we can lose in safety. It is a double-edged sword”, Moskalenko noted.

Earlier a representative of Technoavia company, a working wear manufacturer, complained about challenges caused by import substitution. According to him, it is very difficult to find quality accessories for footwear and even laces in Russia. However, it is true only for premium products. Cheaper and simple footwear ranges are supplied with domestic components by 81%.

Import substitution was made a national priority in summer 2014, after the first two waves of sanctions had been imposed on Russia by the EU and the USA. Increasing the share of local production is one of the key objectives set for the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade.

The International Forum on Industrial Safety is held in St. Petersburg every year. In 2018, it is the 16th time. This year the Forum venue is Hilton Hotel St. Petersburg Expoforum. The conference was attended by more than 170 people from different states. The organizer is GCE Group.

Source: Business News Agency

Forum participant’s opinion

This is my second time at the conference. I haven’t ventured to make a report yet, but my manager is one of the speakers. Last year I was absolutely contented and today I see that they have been continuously perfecting the level of expertise and organization. I really enjoy the case studies. The oratorical skills of the speakers and the depth of their knowledge are very impressive. I would like to say thank you to the organizers and hope to attend the Forum next year.

Karpova Natalia

Karpova Natalia, Lead Engineer, Industrial Inspections and Safety Tobolsk-Polymer