(04/06/2013) | History

History On the 8th of 1958 Council of Ministers of the USSR had accepted resolution about preparation of project for building a factory for production of manganese ferroalloys in Nikopol’. In December, 1961 Council of Ministers of the USSR had approved project decision by special resolution. In the summer of the next year our steppe that remembered Tsar's Scythians and fearless Cossacks of the ataman Ivan Sirko, came back to life and began to breathe...

First works were related with building of a plumbing, an overpass and a line of an electricity transmission. General contractor came forward Trust of «Nikopol'stroy». Already by the end of autumn in 1962 areas under building of the first factory objects had marked out. They were a fire station and a pump station.

Work was in full swing at the building: storages, auxiliary objects (a boiler house, compressor station and others) were built. By the end of 1963 an important object (a motorway to Nikopol’ with the overpass bridge above railway) was built. And from next year mills (smelting of flux, electrode mass and a building of van-dumpers) were begun to build.

From the very outset leaders and first organizers of NZF understood that skilled personnel are basis of bases. Therefore at once they began their preparation. Flux-smelters were taught in the city of Zaporozh’ye and the town of Novomoskovsk (at a glass factory), machinists of gas purifiers acquired skill at the Zaporozh’ye Ferroalloy Works. Many specialists arrived from Novokuznetsk, Sverdlovsk, Serov. NZF got many letters from army, navy: youth wrote that term of service would be finishing and tried to recognize about building plant...

Day after day skilled potential was growing on. A factory was to declare high-powered work building, here Komsomol staff active functioned and life was in full swing.

From March, 1964 a foundation pit began to dig under a flux melting mill. This mill had an enormous value for national economy of our country. Before it, output of fluxes realized by handicraft method at shallow glass factories. Fluxes were produced in small portions and low quality. Nikopol's fluxes would be changed radically technology of metal constructions preparation: instead of rivet method of connection quickly and reliably any metal construction was «sewed» together with electric welding.

The first Mill Superintendent was E.Karmanov. He was graduating student of the Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys (now - The National University of Science and Technology MISiS, Russia). He was remembered like a competent, serious specialist and a wonderful leader. His assistants (N.Styeblyanko and V.Minov) selected skilled personnel for future production subdivision very assiduously.

The building plant gathered young people, as the way it should be. Certainly experience was not enough so they went to study and prepared for firing of the flux melting mill.

Director of the Plant A.Sukhorukov suggested building of a small stove so to say for training work. S.Kononykhin (Main Mechanic) was charged with this business. And mechanics constructed such stove. It was 20 times less than an ordinary stove. All in it corresponded with reality: a bath gave a tilt and electro-holders moved. But however it did not operate properly. N.Styeblyanko with assistants began to "conjure" with it. In the total the stove came back to life and began to give fluxes by small portions. Twenty-four-hour work was organized at the stove, where smelters mastered process of flux smelting.

The 6th of March, 1966 became the day of a real stove firing. E.Karmanov (Mill Superintendent), I.Sinepol'skiy (Shift Foreman), V.Sivash (Production Foreman), E.Shyshlov (Fore-master of Crew №4), A.Pipa (Senior Smelter), G.Nikiforov and V.Dyemin (Sub-workers), with participation of all staff which laboured at the mill building, gathered at stove № 1. The notch was broke through and the first fiery streams of ANF-6 flux marked of the most powerful European enterprise birth…

Building of Flux Melting Mill was completed by the end of June, 1967. The task of providing of machine-building and pipe plants the welding fluxes of electro-slag remelting decided with the input of complete powers. And already in a year, on the 27th of August, 1968, in the line-up of operating Mill №2 for the production of manganese alloys entered in the line-up of operating units.

The 8th and 9th years of five-year plan were the stormiest, the most productive and eventful in the fate of NZF.

1972 year was rich in labour records. Collective work of stove № 16 in Melting Mill №2 was an especially model. Shift tasks were exceeded 20-25% up on here. And main, here the important terms of labour competition were executed, such as to provide real economy and high quality of products. Crews of Senior Smelters: N.Sidorenko, I.Bas, I.Osokin, A.Tarasov worked at increase of the stove power.

Experience of Nikopol' ferroalloy-smelters became heritage of the country. So, the youth collective of stove №13 was organized in 1972. From 14 members of this collective two had higher education; the rest had middle technical education and studied at the institutes of higher education. Within 1973 year this collective won six times in a labour competition.