Russia, Gubaha, Perm region, 618250
Phone:+7 (342-48)4-08-98,
fax +7 (342-48)4-71-72.
E-mail: metafrax@permonline.ru

Corporate History

The historic events were such that creation of the chemical giant in a small Ural town Gubakha was bound to the Second World War. At the very beginning of the war they brought the first equipment from the evacuated Stalynogorsk Nitrogen-fertilizer plant and after 1945 victory the reparation German equipment came.

The official birth day of the Gubakhinskiy chemical company is considered to be the 15th of November 1955 when the order of the USSR Chemical industry Ministry upon the acceptance of the first turn of the plant being constructed was signed.  

In 1957 the data connected with the application of the coke oven gas for the methanol synthesis were elaborated by Gubakhinskiy Chemical Company and it was firstly done in USSR. 

Even in two years the first USSR similar production plant were started up in Gubakha. For USSR of the 60-s it did have the meaning: on the one hand industrial plants of all republics received extremely required product, on the other hand the economic level of the region was growing visibly. 

During the period from the end of the 60-s to the beginning of the 70-s Gubakhinskiy Chemical Company was widely building new production plants: they started to produce formalin, resins, paints, white zinc paint, alkali silicate and even revolutionizing for that time substitute for nonferrous metal - caprolon.

1971 was marked by the most important event that had ecological meaning in the first place: methanol production was converted from coke oven gas to natural one. 

In 1977 the construction of the biggest in the world methanol production plants was initiated in Tomsk and Gubakha with the assistance of Davy Powergas. 

The construction of the methanol production plant was finished in 1984. JSC Metafrax has been keeping its modern history since that time. 

1955

June 30 - Gubakha chemical plant was firstly put into operation.
November 15 - official birth day when the toluene plant got the first product.

1959

The plant for methanol production on the basis of coke oven gas was put into operation.

1964

Methyl(ethyl)amine production plant was put into operation. These amines are fatty acids necessary for rocket fuel.

1968

Formalin production plant was put into operation.

1970

Caprolon production plant was put into operation.

1971

Methanol production was changed from coke oven gas to natural gas that significantly raised the product quality, technical and economical parameters and general culture of production.

1973

Urea formaldehyde resins production was launched.

1977

The contract for construction of the biggest methanol plant in the world with the capacity of 750 thousand TPA with the British company "DavyMackee" was signed.

1980

Start-up of hexamethylenetetramine production plant.

1982

Start-up of pentaerythritol production plant.

1984

Methanol plant М-750 was put into operation giving the chemical plant the second wind.

1989

On the 6th of May Gubakha chemical works was reorganized into the industrial association "Methanol" by the order of the Minister of Mineral Fertilizers production of USSR.

1991

On the 28th of January Metafrax trademark and logo were registered in the State trademarks register of USSR with Certificate No 93569.

1993

On the 9th of July Gubakha industrial association "Methanol" was reorganized into joint stock company of open type Metafrax. Authorized capital of the company was 326 137 thousand rubles shared into the same quantity of stocks. 166 330 stocks (or 51 %) were sold out of the closed subscription to stock among the employees, 85 698 stocks (26,3 %) were sold on the special check auction, 8 882 stocks (2,7%) were sold via stock store.

There were signed contracts for methanol plant revamp and synthesis reactors upgrade. 

An agreement to build up waste treatment unit at pentaerythritol production plant along with the pure sodium formate production was concluded. 

The pilot batch of stabilized hexamine was produced.

Polyamide production plant: the production of 40,65 and 80 mm rods, inter rail gaskets for Sverdlovsk railroad was developed, the line to produce granulated polyamide of improved quality was put into operation and the automatic injection machine was mounted. 

In Severnyi settlement 4,5 blocs of apartment building, brewing facility and merry-go-rounds "Skazka" were built up and ready to be used. 

1994

 Methanol synthesis reactors were upgraded.

Granulated polyamide production was mastered and a raw materials base to produce this kind of polyamide was set up, production of granulated polyamide articles on the automatic injection machine was approved. 

1995

The overhaul of the Reformer Furnace and the upgrade of syngas compressor along with the increase of its capacity were performed.

The detailed engineering for sodium formate separation unit was carried out completely.

Stabilized hexamine production was developed and launched. The company became the first Russian enterprise to commercially produce the above mentioned grade. 

The process of resin KF-MT15 (КФ-МТ15) production was developed and launched on the basis of non-waste technology. The production of hypotoxic resin KF-P-E1 (КФ-П-Е1) was set up. 

The following finished products were put into production: a scratcher centering skid, grids for vacuum filters used in oil industry, insulation kits for Ministry of railroads. 

1996

 A new urea formaldehyde resin grade used for urea treatment was mastered and put into operation. Treatment of ammonia-tar liquor that is waste from urea formaldehyde plant was set up.

The following items were elaborated and put into production: insulation articles for gas pipelines, polyamide rods with a diameter of 125mmм, grids for vacuum filters, ejection nozzles for the water cycle cooling towers. 

The color range of enamels were enlarged to 8, sanitary certificates were got for all the products. 

1998

The organizational legal form changed and the enterprise became an Open Joint Stock Company Metafrax.

The agreement was drawn up with JSC Permgastexnologya and 2,6 km of pipes from the side of gas main was lined.

Some new resin grades were launched: Polycom ("Поликом"), Forkon-C ("Форкон - С"), KF-MM (КФ - ММ), KF-90 (КФ - 90).

Graphite-reinforced rods were put into production. The small articles of different geometric shapes production unit and centrifugal machine to produce pipes with a diameter of 1000 mm were put into operation. 

2000

Putting into operation Metafrax steam boiler unit. The construction of the high pressure gas pipeline and deleting of the natural gas compressor from the process line at methanol production plant.

Seven-stored apartment building (28 apartments in total) and two cottages were ready to be used. 

A record output of product - 792 300 tones - was produced at the methanol production plant since its first commissioning. 

2001

Start-up of the granulated polyamide production plant and the plant producing concentrated formalin with low methanol content.

Two cottages and eight-blocs-of-flats apartment building were ready to be used and the construction of 70-blocs-of-flats apartment building was initiated. 

2002

The largest product output was got in formalin production plant. It was produced 231500 tones.

Granulated polyamide production plant was put into operation.

The equipment for the urea formaldehyde concentrate production plant arrived at JSC Metafrax site and civil and erection works were initiated.

Paint-and-lacquer materials production unit was shut-down.

2003

Urea and formaldehyde concentrate production plant was put into operation (UFC-85). The capacity of the plant in terms of 37% formalin is 100 thousand TPA and in terms of 85% urea formaldehyde concentrate is 60 thousand TPA. A patented technology of Swedish company Perstorp Formox is used in production process. The contracts for the purchase of two similar urea formaldehyde concentrate production plants were drawn.

For the first time in Russia a full-scale implementation of a company resource management system was carried out on the basis of Oracle E-Business Suite R11i. This system made it possible to solve the problems of costs planning, control and management as well as the control for administration of the budget. 

2004

The joint Russian-Finnish venture for synthetic resins production ZAO Metadynea was established. This first production site is situated on the territory of JSC Metafrax and its capacity is 180 000 tones of urea
formaldehyde resins per year.

The second urea formaldehyde plant with the capacity of 60 000 TPA was put into operation.

The Contract for purchase of concentrated formalin plant was signed with Austrian company Poerner.
The capacity of the plant is 270 000 tones of formalin per year. 

2005

5 billion gains for the commercial output were gone beyond.

The third urea formaldehyde concentrate plant (UFC-3) was put into operation. 

ZAO Metadynea industrial plant started its operation in a test run (the site is situated on the territory of JSC Metafrax) 

Civil and erection works were finished in pentaerythritol production plant. 

2006

6 billion gains for the commercial output were gone beyond.

The revamp of methanol production plant was finished and the capacity was brought to 1 mln TPA. 

New concentrated formalin production plant was put into operation. The capacity is 270 000 tones of 37-% formalin per year. There are similar plants neither in Russia, nor in Europe. 

Industrial resins production plant of the joint Russian-Finnish venture Metadynea was put into operation (established by JSC Metafrax and Dynea Chemicals) with the capacity of 30 000 TPA. 

2007

7 billion gains for the commercial output were gone beyond.

Three important contracts were drawn up for purchase of the following plants producing polyamide, hexamine and gaseous nitrogen. The total contract amount is more than 26 mln Euro. 

Tax accounting system along with Global-ERP applications integrated with Oracle eBusiness Suite was implemented. 

 2008  

More than 30 million RUR were invested in railroad infrastructure expansion.

Construction work on the new polyamide plant is done, more than 290 million RUR were spent; about 70 million RUR were invested in hexamine plant reconstruction.

Work on the nitrogen gas plant with 27 million RUR invested is started.

Volumes of production were increased by 8%.
 2009  

Installation of the new polyamide plant started.

On the 24th of September the company celebrated a double anniversary - 50 years from the start of a coke gas based methanol plant (M-110) and 25 years from the start of a present plant (M-750).

CJSC "Metadynea" started its new industrial resins plant for plywood production. Estimated capacity of the new reactor was 35 000 ton per year, and total production on the site in Gubakha reached 60 000 ton per year.  
 2010  

On the 30th of May the start of a new polyamide plant took place. The new robotized plant combines Russian expertise along with Italian technologies of the 21st century.

On the 24th of December, for the first time, a million ton of methanol was produced during a year, which was a record-breaking result.
 2011  

On the 12th of October there was a start of the new hexamine plant. With the start of this plant, "Metafrax" became the biggest producer of hexamine in Europe.

In December the company's product received high praise in the annual competition "100 Best Goods of Russia". A Silver prize of the competition went to UFC produced at the plant.

A new Collective Employment Agreement for the next 3 years was signed. According to experts' opinion, it's one of the best in industry.
 2012  

On the 2nd of May the mark of 20 million ton of methanol produced was reached at the main plant.

Corporate information system "Oracle E-Business Suite R12" working with the entire production and assets was put into use.

The Board made a decision to pay out "record-breaking" dividends for 9 months at the rate of 3.1 RUR for an ordinary share of 1 RUR.

"Metafrax" entered the Federal Registry of Base Enterprises of Russian Economy.

"Metafrax" was given the status of electric energy wholesaler.

"Metafrax" received the status of authorized economic operator.

The development of "Budgeting" system based on Prognoz Platform is finished.