Izhstal

History

Count Pyotr Shuvalov founded Izhevsk Ironworks, which produced iron, steel and anchors.
1760
Construction of a new small arms factory begins on the basis of Izhevsk Ironworks, due to the growing demands of Russian army for cold steel and firearms.
1807
Izhevsk Ironworks becomes chief iron supplier for all Russian arms factories.
1855
The plant is renamed as «Izhevsk Arms and Steel Factories».
1884
At the Siberian and Uralian Industrial Exhibition, the plant is awarded the gold medal «for excellent management of steel making business».
1897
The plant wins Grand Prix at the Exposition Universelle in Paris.
1900
The plant’s 1st steel-making shop is complete.
1915
By the government’s decree, Izhevsk Ironworks is divided into a steel-making (metallurgical) and machine-building (arms) factories, which presented new opportunities for production growth.
1939
During the four years of Soviet participation in the World War II, the plant produced as much steel as it did over the previous decade.
1941-1945
The government awarded a state Order of Lenin to Izhevsk Metallurgical Plant’s staff for their selfless work during the war.
1944
The plant wins state awards for its successes in boosting output and mastering production of new grades of specialty steels and new products. The plant also launches large-scale reconstruction of its production facilities.
1960
Reconstruction allows the plant to become leader among quality steel makers. During the reconstruction, the plant mastered production of cold-rolled band from stainless steel and precision alloys. The steel alloy wire shop is commissioned. A new state-of-the-art building for the electric steel-making shop was built, allowing the plant to produce ultraclean steel. The shop created and installed the first arc-plasmous furnace as well as the Soviet Union’s first automated system of managing electroslag remelting.
1960-1980
Flat band shop is commissioned.
1974
Izhevsk Metallurgical Plant produces 30% of all fast-cutters in the Soviet Union.
1980s
Izhstal is transformed into a joint-stock company.
1995
The plant joins Mechel Group.
2004
To improve Izhstal’s efficiency, the plant began the first stage of an upgrade including the installation of a new modern electric arc furnace with a total capacity of 40 tonnes, an out-of-furnace processing complex and a new continuous casting machine, in addition to reconstruction of rolling mill No. 250 and the disposal of outdated open-hearth furnaces.
2008
Following restructuring, Izhstal OAO, like Mechel Group’s all other metallurgical assets, fell under control of Mechel Steel Managing Company.
2009
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin launched Izhstal OAO’s new electric steel-making complex which included the electric arc furnace and the continuous casting machine.
2010
Izhstal won a silver medal of Metal-Expo’ 2017 Industrial Exhibition for developing and implementing a new method of smelting stainless nitrogen steel. Products from this type of steel are used in shipbuilding, automobile and oil industries.
2017

Izhstal launched a computerized processing line produced by German-based Kieserling, which ensures high geometric precision and surface quality. This line’s output is in demand and among the most high-margin types of long rolls.

The plant won a silver medal at the Metal-Expo 2018 international fair for developing and mastering production of conductor rails used to feed electricity to underground metro cars. These rails have not been produced in Russia before.

Izhstal won the regional stage of the all-Russia contest of socially efficient enterprises in the nomination for “decreasing workplace injuries and occupational illnesses at industrial facilities”.

2018