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Founder of the Award: The Government of Russian Federation
The National Industrial Award INDUSTRIA was conferred after the Main Strategic Session People, Machines, Soft: Efficiency of Interaction.
The following 5 finalists whose applications met the main assessment criteria of technological novelty, economic effect, interdisciplinary application, and export potential competed for the Award: Innotekhmet, Monocrystal, ROTEC, Hevel Group, and UMATEX Group. A total of 90 companies from 20 Russian regions submitted their applications. Only 62 applicants complied with official selection criteria and were considered for the Award.
The Award was assigned the Government award status in 2015, so it was conferred by Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Kozak, who stated,
"Nowadays we need high-tech breakthrough initiatives that would hold promise for the future, and the Russian business has quite a few of them. Today it is my great pleasure to award heads of successful Russian companies with the National INDUSTRIA Award for major achievements in industrial innovations and ideas that are changing the world as we know it."
Monocrystal, the largest manufacturer of synthetic sapphires for the LED industry and consumer electronics, was announced the winner of INDUSTRIA-2018.
Award organizers pointed out that Monocrystal's products could be "found in every second light emitting diode, every third smartphone, and every second Swiss luxury watch."
In 2017, Monocrystal claimed 49% share of the global LED sapphire market. The company was the first in the world to grow sapphire crystals weighing 300 and 350 kg, which allows for high structural perfection. Currently, the Russian company's products are highly sought after in industrial markets. Monocrystal exports synthetic sapphires to 25 countries.