Ekaterinburg is located at the crossroads of major transportation arteries connecting Asia and Europe. Throughout its rich history, the region around Ekaterinburg has been one of the country's major centres of science, industry and infrastructure. It is an industrial powerhouse with a unique concentration of manufacturing and production facilities. The region is home to highly successful engineering, mining, metallurgical, chemical and petrochemical enterprises. At the same time, the scientific potential of the Sverdlovsk Oblast grows exponentially every year, and the region's educational environment is developing at full speed. Thanks to all these fundamental factors, the region's products are well known far beyond the Russian borders.