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PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN
December 29, 2015
A PROJECT OF THE FIRST UZBEK-KOREAN TECHNOPARK IS PRESENTED
A delegation of the Korea Institute of Textile Technology has presented a detailed project on construction of the first Uzbek-Korean Technopark in Tashkent, which would significantly increase the export capacity of the industry.

Light industry of Uzbekistan is represented by a wide export line ranging from yarn to finished garments and knitwear. The first export supplies started in 1994. Those days, the export volumes of textile, garment and knitwear products amounted to $8 million. According to estimates, they will exceed $1 billion in 2015, five percent up from 2014.

To date, the supply of semi-finished and other textile articles has increased by 10%, and supply of those with high added value – by 19%. Light industry companies have started exporting new kinds of products, including modal and mixed yarn, new types of finished garments.

China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkey and certain European Union countries have been major importers of the Uzbek light industry. Enterprises of the industry have been exporting their products to a total of 45 countries, with branches in ten countries. They have facilitated direct business contacts with textile associations and leading companies in Belgium, Britain, Germany, India, Italy, Malaysia, Singapore, Switzerland, South Korea and other countries.

The project of a unique Uzbek-Korean Technopark promises to mark a new stage in the development of the sector. According to the Director of the Korea Institute of Textile Technology Park Yong-hwan, a project cost totals $15 million.

“These funds will be invested in construction and installation works, in the purchase and installation of manufacturing equipment, and training maintenance staff of the technology park. I think that joint work will strengthen cooperation between Uzbek and Korean specialists,” he said.

The Korean side has presented the preliminary plan for the high-tech three-and five-storey office buildings, and a separate two-storey building with a basement part for the pilot production, equipped with solar panels. The park’s total area covers more than 10,000 square meters.

According to the scheme, the territory of more than 4,000 square meters will be occupied by classrooms, conference rooms, exhibition halls, laboratories, offices, a greenhouse and other facilities. The experimental science lab will be located on more than 1.500 square meters, occupied by weaving, knitting, dyeing and finishing, sewing equipment.

The main objective of the project - the transfer of technological know-how and conduct research in the field of materials, dyeing and finishing plants, new kinds of fabrics and clothing, the development of promising technological areas, including in the field of alternative energy sources.

“To date, the Uzbek and Korean side ends with a discussion of some details of the feasibility study of the project. Construction and installation work will be launched in March 2016, and the project is scheduled for completion in 2017,” said in an interview with the head of the Uzbekistan Today “O’zbekyengilsanoat” Sardor Odinayev.

The project’s key objective comes to the transfer of technological know-how and research in the field of material study, dyeing and finishing plants, new kinds of fabrics and clothing, development of promising technological areas, including alternative energy sources.

“The Uzbek and Korean sides are currently finalizing the details of the project’s feasibility study. Construction and installation works will be launched in March 2016, and the project is scheduled for completion in 2017,” said Sardor Odinayev, the head of O\'zbekyengilsanoat Company, in an interview with Uzbekistan Today.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)


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