Press review - Jan/Feb 2020

Updated: Feb 17, 2020

05/02 ExoAtlet on the road to certification in Europe

The start-up of Russian origin, spotted by Luxinnovation and hosted at Technoport, is preparing to sell its exoskeletons on the European market.

Spotted by Luxinnovation as part of its collaboration with the Skolkovo Foundation, ExoAtlet established its headquarters in Luxembourg in 2018 to enter the European market. It has already raised nearly 8 million USD of funds over the last three years, notably from the Korean company Cosmo & Company.

Ekaterina Bereziy is aware of the immense potential of this device. “Nearly a quarter of the world’s population suffers from some kind of disability. Not being able to walk is a terrible impediment and only such an exoskeleton can give these people the ability to stand up and walk again. We already have several thousand patients using our device. The results are truly amazing.”


AB InBev Efes overtook Baltika: The leader in the Russian beer market for the first time in more than 20 years has changed

According to the results of 2019, the leader in the Russian beer market had changed: the first place was taken by AB InBev Efes for the first time, and the long-term leader, Baltika, a Carlsberg Group member, took second place. About this "Vedomosti" told the staff of two brewing companies with reference to data from Nielsen and the state accounting system EGAIS. They do not disclose specific figures. A VTB Capital report published on February 12, citing company data, said that the share of AB InBev Efes in 2019 was 28%, and that of Baltika was 27%.


Belgian Bekaert will invest € 5 million in expansion of production in Lipetsk

The company intends to direct funds to expand the semi-finished products workshop and deepen the digitalization of production. The company will create new jobs. The company management noted that they plan to expand the export potential of the Lipetsk site for the supply of products to the countries of Central Europe.

“Two years ago I visited this plant, we opened a second galvanizing line. And today I hear that the company will continue to invest in the development of production. This is a great example of how an international company can successfully operate in Russia. I hope that the business will continue to develop in the Lipetsk region, ”said the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium to Russia, Jean-Arthur Regibeau.

About Bekaert Company (headquartered in Belgium) is a world leader in the market of high-tech solutions in the field of coatings and metal processing, as well as a world independent manufacturer of drawn metal wire. The total number of employees worldwide is 27 thousand people. Customer service takes place in 120 countries.

LLC Bekart Lipetsk is one of the first residents of the SEZ PT Lipetsk. The company specializes in the production of steel cord for the automotive industry and steel fiber for the construction industry. The products are supplied both to a number of Russian tire manufacturers (Nizhnekamskshina, Amtel, SIBUR Group), and to European enterprises of leading tire manufacturers - Nokian, Michelin, Continental.

In Russian Rostov region, Belgian company Vandeputte Huilerie NV will build a plant for the production of linseed oil. Agreement was reached on the Green Week in Berlin for capacity of 450 tons of products and a storage of up to 30 thousand tons of flax seeds.


On January 23, 2020, the Protocol of the Joint Committee on the cooperation in the field of education, science and culture between the Russian Federation and the Flemish Community of the Kingdom of Belgium for 2020-2022 was signed in Brussels.

The Russian delegation was headed by the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Kingdom of Belgium Alexander Tokovinin, the Flemish side - by the Secretary General of the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Flanders Julie Bynens.

The parties discussed the state and prospects of bilateral cooperation in the fields of education, science, culture, art, youth exchanges and sports. The interest in developing the intensification of bilateral relations was confirmed. The parties agreed to encourage direct contacts between the Russian and Flemish partners in the above-mentioned fields, in order to promote their active dialogue at all levels in accordance with the laws of the Russian Federation and the Kingdom of Belgium.

The Ambassador noted that the signing of the Protocol demonstrated the solid and dynamic relations between Russia and the Flemish Community of Belgium. He expressed confidence that this document would help deepen cooperation in the humanitarian areas mentioned.


In Luxembourg, a delegation of the Russian Duma deputy group on cooperation with the Chamber of Deputies of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg conducted its work and discussed the implementation of a regional pilot project for cooperation, which includes industrial, agricultural, tourist, cultural, educational, scientific and technological clusters.

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