Shchekinoazot Chemical Company is one of the leading Russian enterprises in the field, having successfully operated in the Russian and global markets for chemical raw materials and products for over 65 years.
Throughout the history of Russia's chemical industry, the enterprise has remained a test base for the latest achievements of domestic science.
In the late 1960s, the Shchekino Chemical Plant initiated a unique economic experiment known worldwide as the Shchekino Method, based on increasing labour productivity. Less staff, more end product!
1967–1970 — the first stage of the experiment. The work was spearheaded by Pyotr Sharov, the director of the Shchekino Chemical Plant. In 1971, the results of the first stage yielded the Shchekino Chemical Plant the highest state award of the USSR, the Order of Lenin, while several employees of the enterprise were awarded the State Prize.
December 1972. For achieving most outstanding success in the All-Union Socialist Competition, the Honorary Anniversary Award of the CPSU Central Committee, the Presidium of the USSR Supreme Soviet, the USSR Council of Ministers, and the All-Union Central Council of Trade Unions was bestowed on the Shchekino Chemical Plant. By decree of the Presidium of the RSFSR Supreme Soviet, the Shchekino Chemical Plant was named after the 50th anniversary of the USSR.
1971–1975 — the second stage of the economic experiment with the task to increase the engineering level of production. The reconstruction of production facilities was carried out with the existing equipment operational, which allowed to overlap the output capacity of shops.
In 1976, for the excellent performance shown by the chemical plant, the director Pyotr Sharov was awarded the title of Hero of Socialist Labour.
The successes of the past laid a solid foundation for Shchekinoazot's new victories and achievements.
These days, Shchekinoazot is a modern, dynamically growing company, and an active participant in the implementation of industrial development programmes in the Tula Region and all of Russia. The effective management techniques the company puts to use are highly appreciated by customers, partners and investors alike. The top brass of Shchekinoazot ranks among the Top 200 management teams in Russia.
The Company has become one of the leaders in industrial chemistry, producing methanol, caprolactam, cyclohexane, carbamide-formaldehyde concentrate, highly concentrated low-methanol formalin, phenol-formaldehyde resins, sulphuric acid, liquid technical ammonia, ammonium sulphate, oxygen, liquid carbon dioxide, food-grade carbon dioxide, dry ice, spun-bonded nonwoven fabric, recycled polypropylene, ion-exchange membranes, consumer goods (household chemicals and linoleum) and chemical equipment (the Company produces electrodialysis units developed in-house).
Shchekinoazot is one of the largest exporters to Western and Eastern Europe, the CIS, Asia, the USA and Latin America. About 70 per cent of the Company's total sales comes from exports.
The quality of Shchekinoazot's products and its high approval by consumers has been confirmed by the following awards: Quality Mark of the 21st century, several Russian Quality Marks, the title 'Best Exporter in Industrial Production', medals and diplomas of the Golden Mercury national award, as well as diplomas of public regional awards 'Tula Business' and 'Tula Brand'.
The company was one of the first in Russia to be certified to international standards: ISO-9001, ISO-45001 (OHSAS-18001), including environmental and health protection: ISO-14001, as well as the production of food-grade carbon dioxide: FSSC 22000.
The reliability and long-term experience of the Company are the cornerstone of our competent technological and management solutions.
Shchekinoazot pushes the implementation of the long-term Development Strategy by opening new high-tech production facilities that ensure the reliability, industrial safety and environmental friendliness of our products.
All of the company's projects are aimed at increasing the export potential, as well as social and economic well-being of the Tula Region, and guaranteeing a high quality of life to its employees.
Between 2005 and 2018, during the first two stages of the Development Strategy, the company implemented 16 investment projects, with the volume of investments totalling over 1 billion dollars.
Among those are the projects to produce carbamide-formaldehyde concentrate, formalin, phenol-formaldehyde resins and spunbond, the construction of a hydrogen unit (licensed from Haldor Topsoe of Denmark) and the M-450 methanol unit (licensed from Haldor Topsoe), as well as the modernisation of caprolactam production and the generating capacity. In 2017, another project under the strategic programme, the ammonium sulfate compaction unit, was implemented. Fertilisers produced by the company are of the highest quality.
In 2018, Shchekinoazot completed the implementation of four significant large-scale projects: the M-450/A-135 combined methanol/ammonia production unit (licensed from Haldor Topsoe), the SK-200 sulfuric acid unit, the production of perfume-quality dimethyl ether (joint venture with PCC SE of Germany) and new treatment facilities using membrane technology, which allows for the minimal possible environmental footprint.
The company is currently implementing the projects under the third stage of the Strategy. By 2024, a further investment of over 1 billion dollars will be made in the development of the enterprise and about 700 jobs will be created.
New production units are under construction: Methanol-500, nitric acid/ammonium nitrate complexes (AK-270/AC-340), and ammonia/urea (A-525/K-700).
The fourth stage of the approved Strategy will begin after 2024.
The company leverages the state support mechanisms provided for domestic producers operating in non-resource export markets.
For many years, Shchekinoazot has been a social stability guarantor, as well as one of the most significant taxpayers and benefactors in the region.
The company employs over 3,000 people.
In accordance with the adopted concept in the field of sustainable development and the programme to reduce the carbon footprint in the production of main product types, Shchekinoazot is working on the problem of renewable energy sources (RES), as well as other activities to minimise the impact on the environment.
Since 2004, Shchekinoazot has been a member of the Yasnaya Polyana Agreement, a Tula regional public movement, which is an important step in the implementation of a comprehensive socio-economic development programme for Central Russia and its protected areas.
A large social programme is underway, providing support for children's, educational, medical, social, cultural and athletic institutions, and relevant infrastructure is being built.
The Company has always prided itself in its glorious traditions and the highly professional team.
A healthy mix of modern technology, innovation and skilful managerial solutions allows us to implement bold large-scale projects, take on big challenges and win them.