Ekaterinburg is located at the junction of major transportation arteries connecting Asia and Europe. Throughout its rich history, this region has been a major focal point of science, industry and infrastructure in the country. It is an industrial powerhouse with a unique concentration of manufacturing and processing facilities. The region is home to highly successful engineering, mining, metallurgical, chemical and petrochemical enterprises. At the same time, the scientific potential of the region 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.