textile industry: russia and france institutionalize their cooperation

The French textile machinery has been a partner of the Russian textile industry for many years.
After several seminars already held in Russia, UCMTF the French association of textile
machinery manufacturers, organized in October 2014, a technological forum in Moscow with
the support of the Russian textile association, SOYUZLEGPROM.
The leaders of the two organizations, Mr. Serguei RASBRODIN, President of SOYUZLEGPROM,
Mr. Christian Guinet and Mrs. Evelyne Cholet, Vice-President international and Secretary
General of UCMTF, have been thinking for a while that a new form of institutionalized
cooperation should be open. The discussions have led to the signature of a Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) with the objectives:
to strengthen the ties between the two industries on a long term basis
to exchange information on the industries, regarding in particular their needs to develop
themselves and find the right ways to do it
to organize joint activities, in particular on the occasion of exhibitions, forum,
to develop modern forms of training for their employees
to meet regularly to make this cooperation alive.
The signature took place on April 21, 2015 during LEGPROMFORUM 2015 in Moscow.
LEGPROMFORUM is a major event grouping representatives of the Government, Heads of
Regions and public sector organizations, the scientific community and the Russian textile
companies, with the objective to deliberate on the strategy for the development of the Russian
light industry, more particularly textiles, for the next decade.
The signature is particularly important as Russia has decided to modernize its textile industry
and to produce more of its needs for its national market and import less of these consumer
goods and as France is the 6th exporter of textile machinery in the world with state- of- the- art
specialized machinery for both traditional and technical textiles.