Vyartsilya Metal Products Plant

Vyartsilya Metal Products Plant

History

A sawmill is built in Vyartsilya.
1845
The sawmill is acquired by a major entrepreneur Nils Ludwig Arppe, who set up a steelmaking shop thanks to local lake and swamp ore reserves and cheap electricity.
1851
Two blast furnaces were installed and yielded first pig-iron, with a rolling mill launched in 1861.
1852
An open-hearth furnace was launched.
1885
The “Vyartsilya Aktiebolag” corporation is created. The enterprise had a full cycle by then and began to produce wire and nails in early 20th century.
1898
The Vyartsilya plant, which had an open-hearth furnace, a rolling mill and a hardware shop, became Soviet property as part of Finland’s territorial concessions.
1940
Once restored after the Second World War, the plant began to work at full capacity. The open-hearth furnace and the rolling mill were closed, with the plant focusing on hardware production.
1948
The total production volume came up to over 70,000 tonnes of hardware a year. The plant also began producing fasteners and zinc-coating nails.
1970-1980
The plant’s personnel decided to transform the enterprise into a public corporation. It was also the 100th anniversary of the first corporation set up at the plant.
1994
The plant joined Mechel, a major industrial group, which allowed it to pass from the bare survival stage into restoration and further development. As part of Mechel, the plant managed not only to completely restore its former volume levels, but exceed its historic maximum set in 1990.
2002
Vyartsilya Metal Products Plant produced a total of 82,000 tonnes of hardware.
2007
VMZ set a new production record – 118,500 tonnes of hardware a year.
2010