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October 29 is the date when ULBA Metallurgical Plant JSC celebrates its 65th Anniversary. October 29, 1949 was the starting point when they released their first product as Thorium Oxalate.
In the middle of July of 2012 UMP JSC Tantalum Production Division was audited once again (second time) by the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition, Incorporated (EICC) for Tantalum supply chain transparency.
Please, be informed that currently the situations with using Ulba Metallurgical Plant JSC trademark and quality certificates by exterior companies for the products not related to our production process became more frequent.
Since June 30, 2012 ULBA raises prices for all beryllium-containing products. The 8-12% price increase results from strengthening of environmental priority which requires additional financing. It is needed for implementing comprehensive measures for decreasing environmental impact by the plant.
The Third Ulba Metallurgical Plant JSC China Customer Convention was held in Shanghai (P.R. China) on November 25, 2011. The forum was organized on the initiative of Ulba Metallurgical Plant JSC with the support of the subsidiary company Ulba-China Co., Ltd (Shanghai, P.R. China). The representatives of 23 companies – customers of UMP JSC products participated in the Convention.
Since January, 1 2012 ULBA raises prices for all products manufactured at Beryllium Production.
Ulba Metallurgical Plant JSC is set about manufacture and delivery of БрБ2 grade (Beryllium Bronze) pressed rods of various diameters according to State Standard 15835-70. The products are marketed in the Russian Federation through BerylliUM subsidiary, Moscow http://www.beryllium.ru.
Beryllium Production Branch of Ulba Metallurgical Plant JSC (UMP) is celebrating the 60th anniversary on 20th May, 2011. Beryllium Production Branch is one of the three fully integrated beryllium producers in the world...
Since June, 30 2011 ULBA raises prices for all products manufactured at Beryllium Production.
Beryllium facility of Ulba Metallurgical Plant had manufactured essential parts for WWR-K reactor ordered by Nuclear Physics institute of National nuclear centre of Republic of Kazakhstan.
The 9th Internatiolnal Scientific Conference on the Nuclear Material Control and Accounting will take place at Ulba Plant from May 18 through 21, 2010.
07/11/2008 Road to the East
On a south-east of China in Yingtan city (Jiangxi province) realization of project “Creation of Chinese-Kazakhstan Joint Venture on production of beryllium copper in strips” is continued.
On October, 1 the President of the country Mr. Noursultan Nazarbaev made a working visit to the East Kazakhstan district and familiarized with the social and economic development of the region.
09/12/2007 Company's news
In view of expiration of exclusive agency agreement between “UMP”, JSC and Metalink International Co., Ltd. (China) starting from 01.01.2008 all rights on selling aluminium-beryllium master...
UMP JSC rises prices for Beryllium metal and Beryllium products. Starting from July 15th price for Beryllium metal as ingots shall be USD 490 per kg. Prices for Beryllium products will rise for approximately 30% from the existing prices...

History JSC UMP

Course of primary events

1949 – Stocking of the first product as Thorium oxalate. Establishment of Ulba Metallurgical Plant
1951 – Start of 20% HF acid production
1952 – Establishment of Tantalum Operations Division
1954 - Establishment of Uranium Operations Division
1956 - Establishment of Beryllium Operations Division
1972 – Establishment of the fabrication of accessories, end parts and components for nuclear power industry
1974 – Establishment of superconducting materials fabrication
1992 – Establishment of the fabrication of metal coins and awards of the Republic of Kazakhstan
1997 – Affiliation of Ulba Metallurgical Plant to NAC Kazatomprom
1998 – Certification of the quality management system in compliance with ISO 9002
1999 – Start of the Karadzhal fluorite concentrate deposit development
2003 - Certification of the environment management system in compliance with ISO 14001
2003 - Certification of the quality management system in compliance with DIN EN ISO 9001:2000
2005 – Development and adoption at Ulba Metallurgical Plant of the technology of highly enriched uranium down-blending to low enriched uranium to be further used as NPP fuel within the framework of the nuclear weapons non-proliferation project
2006 – Putting into operation of the fluorite ore concentration plant at Kurchatov city
2011 – The 52nd TIC General Assembly (Almaty city and Ust-Kamenogorsk city)

Uranium history

1952 -Board of Ministers of Soviet Union decided to create the Uranium raw material conversion production at "Ulba Metallurgical Plant"
1954 -commissioning of shop complex for natural Uranium concentrates conversion into U3O8 rebuilding of Uranium production shops, development of Uranium tetrafluoride production from natural raw material and by-products
1954 - Industrial processing of Uranium concentrates and U3O8 production started
1968 -creation of heat-generating elements fuel cores production for transport reactors based on Uranium-Beryllium compound
1973 -development of Uranium dioxide of nuclear purity ceramic grade of low enrichments (1.6-4.4% U235) from Uranium hexafluoride
1978 -"Ulba Metallurgical Plant" became the first in the Soviet Union plant beginning the serial production of fuel pellets from Uranium hexafluoride for a new generation reactors VVER-1000
1985 -Extraction-free production of powders and pellets was
1994 -development and implementation of process for fuel pellets with burn-out absorber additions as Gadolinium oxide for VVER-1000 reactors
1995 - First verification of Uranium was performed according to IAEA regulations. IAEA Safeguards were implemented.
1997 - Plasma conversion of Uranium Hexafluoride was introduced to make Uranium Dioxide.     
1998 -first in Kazakhstan certification of Quality Assurance System of Uranium production for compliance with International standards of ISO-9002 Series
-a site of Uranium Hexafluoride decanting and homogenization was created and put into operation
2000 -development of fuel pellets with burn-out absorber additions as Erbium oxide production for RBMK-1000 reactors
2001 – manufacture of fuel pellets of the reprocessed feed material for WWER reactors was mastered.
- a process of converting Uranium-Gadolinium ash and scrap was developed and put into operation to produce Uranium of ceramic grade and nuclear purity.
2003 – a process of producing Uranium oxide as U3O8 of natural Uranium as chemical concentrate as for direct fluoridizing was introduced.
2004 – a site of fuel from fuel elements with highly enriched Uranium was started up.
2010 – Uranium production had been certified as the supplier of Uranium Dioxide powder produced from Uranium Hexafluoride for NFI, Japan;
- production of pellets for AFA 3G fuel assemblies were certified by AREVA NP, France and СJNF, China.
2011 – The 52th TIC General Assembly held in Kazakhstan. The participants headed by TIC Chairman visited the Tantalum Production Division of Ulba Metallurgical Plant JSC where they had a chance to see a full production cycle from processing the raw material up to manufacturing finished products.
2012 - Uranium Production Division was certified as Uranium dioxide powder supplier for Westinghouse company, Sweden

Beryllium history

1950 -The Ministry of Metallurgical Industry approved the design task for (BeOH)2 commercial production
1951 -start-up of the experimental shop division for (BeOH)2 and BeO production
1952 -first (BeOH)2 and BeO samples produced 
1955 -construction of Beryllium metal cast production started
1956 -start-up of pure BeO production site  
1958 -partial commissioning of shop 6 (ceramic production)
1961 -Beryllium metal production site construction completed
1963 -creation of Be metal products site
1966 -first metal produced by powder metallurgy method
1971 -powder production site commissioned (Building 662)
1973 -Beryllium under pressure processing site commissioned (Building 602)
1990 -accident at the Beryllium production (Building 662). Full conservation of the Beryllium production started
2000 -Beryllium metal production started-up Quality assurance system at the Beryllium production was certified in accordance with ISO-9002
2001 -Hydrometallurgy production for technical grade (BeOH)2 restored Creation of Beryllium Copper production.
2002 - BerylliUM LLP subsidiary was found in Moscow in order to provide Beryllium Products customers with uninterrupted and immediate supply
2004 - Ulba-China Co., Ltd. subsidiary was found in Shanghai in order to sale Beryllium Products at the markets of China and South-East Asia countries
2007 - Chinese-Kazakhstani company Yingtan Ulba Shine Metal Materials Co., Ltd. manufacturing rolled products of Beryllium bronze was found
2011-2012 - Projects on supply of beryllium reflector for neutron source were implemented as per the orders of:
- «Science and research institute of nuclear reactors» State science centre (Russia);
- POLATOM for reactor «Maria» (Poland);
- Japan Atomic Energy Agency;
- Institute of Nuclear Physics of Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Uzbekistan, reactor BBP-CM;
- Kharkov Institute of Physics and Technology (Ukraine);
- Tomsk University of Technology, research reactor ИРТ-Т (Russia).
2012 – Signed Tolling Contract for processing beryllium hydroxide of Materion Corp. (USA)

Tantalum history

1950 -according to the Decree of Ministry of Metallurgical Industry there has been decided to create the production of Tantalum metal and its products in the Ulba Metallurgical Plant.
1951 -the first products output - Potassium Fluorotantalate
1952 -the production of Potassium Niobate is created
1959 -the start of the works on the production of Tantalum powders by Sodium thermic method
1960 -the start of the production of Tantalum powder by Sodium reduction from Potassium Fluorotantalate mastering the extractive technology of digestion and separation of Tantalum and Niobium
1961 -the implementation of the extractive technology of Tantalum digestion the start of mastering ingot production by vacuum-arc melting the first Tantalum metal moulds are produced mastering of sheet rolling the start of the Tantalum capacitor powders manufacturing for the production of electrolytic capacitors
1964 -the production of the first Tantalum ingots of high purity by the electron-beam melting method, the trial roll lots production
1965 -the start of Tantalum wire production
1966 -commissioning of the capacitor powders de-hydrating facility
1967 -the creation of foil production site and the start of mastering Tantalum foil production for capacitors
1980 -the creation of experimental facility for Tantalum reduction (LUV-1) and in 1982 - experimental and commercial facility D-450 for the production of powders for high voltage capacitors
1997 -the creation of Niobium Hydroxide, Niobium Pentoxide and the Ferroniobium production
2000 -two types of Tantalum products - Tantalum powders of capacitor grade of fragment type and Low Si Ferroniobium - were awarded with the diplomas and golden medals of the Kazakhstan Republic Exhibition "Astana-Expo-2000" (Astana, October'2000 as the Goods of 21st Century
2001 -Quality system of the Tantalum production was certified in accordance with the international standard ISO-9002.
2001 -The first trial samples of capacitor grade Tantalum powder with 32,000CV/g were produced
2002 -The commercial production of Niobium and its alloys for metallurgy and electronics commenced
2002 -New types of products, such as Yttrium refined Tantalum, TaW, NbZr and NbTi, were produced
2003 -Environmental Management System was certified for compliance with ISO 14001:1996
2003 -Quality Management System was certified for compliance with ISO 9001:2000
2003 -Production of Tantalum ingot with dia.250mm and Ta contained at 99.97% commenced
2003 - HF acid production started to use Fluorite originated from the Kazakhstani "Karadzhal" mine
2008 – Arrangement of NbAl master alloy production
2011 – The 52th TIC General Assembly held in Kazakhstan. The participants headed by TIC Chairman visited the Tantalum Production Division of Ulba Metallurgical Plant JSC where they had a chance to see a full production cycle from processing the raw material up to manufacturing finished products.
2011 – Ulba’s Tantalum Conflict-Free Smelter assessment was conducted by the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition, Incorporated (EICC). A “non-conflict processor” certificate had been issued by EICC. Availability of such certificate is a requirement of products consumers. The certificate was confirmed in 2012.
2012 – Tantalum powders of 30, 40, and 50 kCV group have been certified by customers. A supply contract has been signed. Commercial production was arranged and started.

Hydrofluoric acid. Background.

1951-1947 According to the decision Resolution of the Minister of Non-Ferrous Metallurgy the design works on Hydrofluoric Acid production site were initiated by the institute "HydroAluminum".  
1951 -Finished product output: 20% HF acid.
1952 -the site moved to the production of 40% HF acid of high purity for the needs of the Uranium production.
1960-63 Transfer to electrical heated furnaces.  
1972-74 The first line of new building 30A was put into operation.
1999 -License for experimental mining of the Karadzhal fluorspar deposit (East-Kazakhstan region). The problem of supplying HF production with raw material was solved.
2000 -Fluorspar processing complex was put into operation at the Trial Lead Plant.
2001 -The problem of utilization of solid wastes was solved.

TOO Mashzavod history

1972 -By virtue of the Medium Machinery Ministry decision, the stop valves, end items and accessories production for atomic power industry is created at the UMP
1976 -The APS accessories production is transformed into a independent division
1986 -In the frames or conversion, the consumer goods production was established
1991 -The shop was transformed into Machine building plant, being part of the "UMP"JSC
1996 -Machine building plant was transformed into TOO "Mashzavod"

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