Omsk carbon black plant
Omsk carbon black plant was started up on 1st of May in 1944. The large industrial enterprise grew far from residential areas, in empty steppe within record-shortest terms. The plant construction was carried on the run - the assembly parts received by rail went to the building site straight away. The great part of equipment was made and mounted on site without third-party help. The production capacity of the plant was 10,000 tonnes annually with the staff totaled 130, only 4 of them had higher education. Assortment range included hard and soft grades.
At that time carbon black production was based on lampblack process. The products of Omsk plant were used for the needs of battlefront in the World War II, especially in the production of military and civil tires.
But technology of that time was far from perfection. Poor hermetic sealing of process created intolerable sanitary conditions both in workshops and in adjoining territory. The quality of produced carbon black didn't satisfy to the full extent requirements of the tire industry.
The situation changed radically in the beginning of 1970s when the government allocated investments for the enterprise reconstruction. The capacity was increased up to 40,000 tonnes annually within new method of production — modern furnace black process.
In 1991 our plant, the first among USSR CB-producers, mastered production of carbon black of «N» grades by ASTM standards and started export deliveries of N220 for Bridgestone Corporation in Japan.
In two years, from 1998 to 2000, the plant developed the grades N234, N299, N339, N347, N550, N650, N660, which were accepted by renowned world companies.
In 2002 the first stage of co-generation unit was started up with a capacity of 6 MW. By 2004 capacity was increased to 18 MW. By utilizing process tail gas the plant provides itself almost completely with the electric power.
Today Omsk plant produces 260,000 tonnes annually of high-quality carbon black, 65% of that are shipped for export to world leading producers of tires, MRG, plastics and paints.
Volgograd carbon black
Construction and building of a carbon black plant as a part of the Volgograd chemical complex was started according to the resolution of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and Council of Ministers of the USSR from October, 7th, 1961.
On 30th of December, 1964 the first production line was launched. Starting production within record-breaking short terms (less than 1,5 year) became possible due to accurate observance of the schedule of construction and assembly works. The installation of buildings and the equipment was carried out directly from railway platforms passing warehouses.
Construction process allowed solving main problems of Russian carbon black industry: low fire resistance of furnaces lining, poor quality of filtering materials, and non-reliable hermetic sealing of process equipment. It was the first time in the USSR, when carbon black production was complied with the sanitary standards.
Year by year production volumes were constantly grown. In 1970 total capacity was 65,000 tonnes annually. By the end of 1980 it was increased up to 200,000 tonnes annually. Thus, the Volgograd plant was the largest in the country.
In 2005 Volgograd carbon black plant was acquired by Omsktechuglerod OOO group.
Today the Volgograd plant is a valuable and strategic asset of the company, it is the most dynamically developing enterprise of carbon black industry in Europe.
Nowadays the plant is in the process of the radical modernization, including improvement of production quality, increasing of output capacity and assortment expansion. All this measures will make Volgograd the most modern plant in Russia, Europe and CIS countries with total capacity of 200,000 tonnes annually by 2016.