Governor: Mikhail Yurevich (appointed 2010)
Population: 3,508,447 (2010 census)
Area: 88,529 square km (33,929 sq. miles)
Capital: Chelyabinsk (population 1,255,000), 1,919 km from Moscow
Other major cities: Magnitogorsk (419,100), Zlatoust (194,800), Miass (158,500)
Federal district: Urals
Economic region: Urals
Time zone: Moscow +2, GMT +5, EST +10
Geography: Chelyabinsk Region is located at the boundary between Europe and Asia in the southern Ural Mountains. It is situated in the watershed of the Volga, Ural and Tobol rivers. Chelyabinsk Region has nearly 3170 lakes and a variety of therapeutic springs and mud baths. The Ilmen Mineralogical Reserve located on the eastern slopes of the Urals is famous for more than 70 kinds of rocks and 260 minerals that have been discovered there.
Urban population: 82%, Rural population: 18%
Economy: Chelyabinsk Region ranks fifth in Russia in industrial output. Due to the large mineral reserves in the region, much local industry is devoted to processing them. Agricultural production makes up only about 5% of the gross regional product. The region is particularly known for iron and coal production, but also has large deposits of talc, salts and gold.
The Pervouralsk New Pipe Plant and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development have signed a loan agreement, under which the EBRD will extend a €115 mln 6-year loan to finance the construction of a workshop to finish seamless pipes. The total cost of the project is €122 mln and will increase the plant’s capacities by 115,000 tons to about 300,000 tons annually
German construction materials producer, Henkel Bautechnic, is to opening a factory in 2007 in the Roza settlement near the town of Korkino. The factory will produce dry construction mixes. Criteria in site location were the proximity of raw-material resources (sand, cement), a sufficiently developed transport infrastructure and a favourable general investment climate. In addition, the South Ural Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Germany Economic and Technology Ministry, with support of the Chelyabinsk region economic development ministry, have set up a business contacts exchange listing 14 German and over 30 Chelyabinsk regional companies.
US CARBO Ceramics Inc., one of the world’s leading manufacturers of environmentally friendly ceramic proppant and ceramic media, will build a ceramic proppant plant in Kopeisk.British Rexam, one of the world's top five consumer packaging companies, will build a plant to produce aluminium cans in the Argayash district of the region. German Henkel will put into operation a dry construction mixes plant outside Chelyabinsk. A Metro Cash & Carry hypermarket is to be completed in Kopeisk. Investment in fixed capital for 2007 is targeted at Rbs93-96 bln ($3.5-$3.6 bln) this year, against Rbs81.1 bln ($3.05 bln) in 2006.
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