Know-how projects are being developed and introduced throughout Kazakhstan. As Nursultan Nazarbayev’s address states, it is necessary to create new promising sectors of Kazakhstan’s economy on the basis of breakthrough projects. Thus, the Third Modernization will launch the accelerated technological renovation of the economy. Latest technologies will be introduced in nearly 10 Kazakhstani enterprises as part of the pilot project led by the Kazakh Ministry of Innovations and Development. The head of the Ministry Zhenis Kassymbek noted that experts will decide which enterprises will be upgraded. The experts will conduct a special analysis of companies’ activities and select a number of competitive sectors of the economy. The Minister said that the project has already sparked interest among Kazakhstani companies. As a result, the experts will elaborate a package of state support measures for further digital transformation of industries.

ZHENIS KASSYMBEK, KAZAKH MINISTER OF INVESTMENTS AND DEVELOPMENT:

These enterprises will play the role of “model digital factories” – an example for other plants. The pilot projects will still be under implementation in 2018. New industrial niches will emerge after the introduction of digital technologies in Kazakhstani enterprises. Those niches may be both goods produced with a help of new technologies, high-tech services and predictive analysis, remote monitoring and other.

Another breakthrough for Kazakhstan is the manufacturing of medical implants which will be launched soon. A group of scientists, metallurgists and leading doctors in eastern Kazakhstan started making prostheses from tantalum and titanium fittings.

SERGEI PLOTNIKOV, PROFESSOR, DOCTOR OF PHYSICAL AND MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES:

We will make these implants in the apparatus from droplets of powder, that is, we will not need any large parts.

A unique scientific experiment is being conducted at Ulba Metallurgical plant. Scientists are smelting the first Kazakhstani super elastic biocompatible materials from tantalum, niobium and titanium. However, the alloy still needs to be tested.

EVGENY KRYGIN, PROJECT MANAGER, TANTALUM PRODUCTION, ULBA METALLURGICAL PLANT:

The world has just launched tantalum production, we are keeping the pace. It is necessary to create biocompatible materials, so they could interact with human body. They have not been created yet. 

State grant worth 2 billion 700 million tenge will be allocated for manufacturing of the first Kazakhstani medical implants. These funds will be allocated for 10 innovative developments. The pharmaceutical plant in southern Kazakhstan will open a new workshop soon, which will produce pills according to international standards. The strategic development plan presupposes a full technological renovation until 2021. The manufacturers are planning to export their products to the EAEU countries. At present, the plant exports 10% of its products to Central Asian counties. 

RUSTAM BAIGARIN, PLANT’S DIRECTOR:

Kazakhstan will not be able to face the emerging challenges with the outdated technologies. Industrial modernization, creating favorable investment climate, as the President Nazarbayev pointed out as the key priorities, are very important for us, and we can make our contribution to this.  

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