In May 1958, the Soviet government resolved to start the construction of a large chemical facility in Kazan. The following five years saw the creation of production shops for synthesising phenol and acetone, as well as necessary infrastructure, including roads, railways, heating pipelines, power lines, an administrative building, a technical college, an entrance checkpoint and a fire station. In 1961, the facility was named Kazan Organic Synthesis Plant and produced its first batches of phenol and acetone in 1963.
In May 1958, the Plenum of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union resolves to accelerate the development of the nation’s chemical industry by creating a large chemical facility in Kazan. On 14 July 1958, the Council of Ministers of the Russian SFSR approves the management of the Kazan Chemical Plant, appointing Vladimir Lushnikov as its first director.
Construction of the first stage industrial facilities commences.
The plant’s administrative building commissioned. Construction works begin to develop the infrastructure and build a road from residential areas to the plant, a railroad extension, a heating pipeline from CHPP 2 and a power line. Technical college No. 11 established at the plant.
Kazan Chemical Plant renamed Kazan Organic Synthesis Plant. Technical school, entry checkpoint and fire station buildings commissioned.
On 13 July, the facility produces its first batches of phenol and acetone – this date becomes the Company’s official birthday. First stage phenol and acetone production capacities stand at 45 ktpa and 27.5 ktpa, respectively. The plant’s on-site laboratory put into operation.
During the Soviet era, the Company greatly diversified its product range, including isopropylbenzene (1964), ethylene, propylene, and high pressure polyethylene (1965), ethylene oxide (1967), high pressure polyethylene (1968), ethanolamines (1969), organic peroxides (1970), low pressure polyethylene (1980) polyethylene pipes and ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) (1981), and low pressure polyethylene (1983). This was underpinned by rapid production ramp-up and equipment upgrades. The Company invested considerable resources in social infrastructure, building, among other things, a recreation camp, a community centre, as well as various sports and healthcare facilities. In 1966, Kazan Organic Synthesis Plant acquired its first foreign trade partners.
The Company launches an isopropylbenzene production with a capacity of 84 ktpa and commissions a 288 km pipeline from Minnibayevo to Kazan. Social infrastructure sees further improvement with the opening of the Solnechny camp for children of the plant employees.
January sees the commissioning of first stage ethylene production capacities with an output of ethylene and propylene standing at 62.4 ktpa and 16.5 ktpa, respectively. In December, the Company manufactures its first batch of high-pressure polyethylene, with first stage production capacities reaching 24 ktpa.
The Company’s products begin making their way to Switzerland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and Japan.
Launch of first stage production of ethylene oxide with a capacity of 30 ktpa.
The Company’s structure divided into four production units for gas separation and production of phenol and acetone, polyethylene, and organic products. Core facilities undergo further development and see the commissioning of second stage high-pressure polyethylene capacities with an output of 48 ktpa, as well as second stage ethylene production capacities with an output of ethylene and propylene standing at 60 ktpa and 27 ktpa, respectively. Opening of the Observatory, a summer recreation centre for employees.
Production of ethanolamines begins, with a capacity of 14.5 kt. Opening of the plant’s community (Chemical Workers' Palace) and healthcare centres.
Production of organic peroxides launched. The Company starts to automate its production and sets up a computing workshop.
Launch of second stage ethylene oxide production with a capacity of 60 kt. Upgrade of high-pressure polyethylene production; the output of second stage capacities increases to 68 ktpa. Establishment of the plant’s computing centre. Opening of Orgsintez, Kazan’s first multi-purpose swimming pool with a 50 m basin and diving towers.
Launch of third stage ethylene production (Ethylene-100) with a capacity of 100 ktpa. Sintez water polo club established.
Kazan Organic Synthesis Plant renamed Polyethylene Kazan Production Association.
Third stage high-pressure polyethylene production capacities put into commercial operation. Launch of the Nizhnekamsk – Kazan ethylene pipeline. Polyethylene Kazan Production Association renamed Organic Synthesis Kazan Production Association.
Opening of the plant’s museum.
Launching the construction of a brand new facility for the production of low-pressure polyethylene.
Production of polyethylene pipes and components with a capacity of 53 ktpa begins. First stage polyethylene production capacities manufacture the first batch of EVA.
Fourth stage of ethylene production capacities (Ethylene-200) put into operation. Vladimir Lushnikov steps down from his position of the general director and is replaced by Yuri Malyshev, the Company’s chief engineer since 1968.
Launch of low-pressure polyethylene production with a capacity of 200 ktpa.
Nail Yusupov replaces Yuri Malyshev as the Company’s general director.
The Company’s structure undergoes major changes and now has five separate plants for the production of ethylene, organic products, low-pressure polyethylene, high-pressure polyethylene, and plastics. A self-financing foreign trade unit established within the Company’s perimeter – for the first time in its history, Organic Synthesis Production Association begins receiving direct revenue from its exports.
Liquid and gaseous waste recycling and disposal shop commissioned.
Revamp of fourth stage ethylene production capacities; the output increased to 160 ktpa.
In 1993, the state-owned Organic Synthesis Production Association was transformed into a joint-stock company. The Company spent the following decade vigorously integrating itself into the new economic environment, upgrading its production facilities and cooperating with foreign partners. In 2003, TAIF consolidated a controlling stake in Kazanorgsintez. The Company then approved an extensive production development programme for 2004–2010, resulting in the launch of Russia’s one-of-a-kind complex of bisphenol A and polycarbonate plants, modernisation of low pressure polyethylene, phenol and acetone production facilities, and renovation of the overall operational infrastructure.
Reconstruction of polyethylene pipe production capacities. Establishing a network of subsidiaries for producing consumer goods. First stage high-pressure polyethylene production capacities transformed into the first joint-stock company called Sevilen.
The Company refurbishes its ethylene plant, automating the Ethylene-100 unit and upgrading cracking furnaces, as well as undertakes to modernise the Ethylene-200 unit.
The state-owned Organic Synthesis Production Association reorganised into a Kazan-based open joint-stock company.
Production of polyethylene pipes revamped. The low-pressure polypropylene plant and high-pressure polyethylene plant now feature packaging lines to pack polyethylene in valve bags.
Upgrade of high-pressure polyethylene production, with the second and third stage capacities increasing to 72 ktpa and 117 ktpa, respectively.
Upgrade of fourth stage ethylene production capacities; the output increases to 205 kt. A new Germany's Thyssen line for producing and processing carbon black-polyethylene concentrates installed at the low-pressure polyethylene production and processing facility.
TAIF consolidates a controlling stake in Kazanorgsintez. Leonid Alekhin replaces Nail Yusupov as the Company’s general director.
Approval of a large-scale production development programme for 2004–2010. For the first time in 20 years, the Company not only undertakes to upgrade its existing facilities but also plans to build entirely new ones. Reconstruction of ethylene, low-pressure polyethylene, phenol and acetone production facilities started. Russia’s one-of-a-kind complex of two bisphenol A and polycarbonate plants established. The Company begins the construction of new warehouses for receiving and storing feedstock. The total amount of investment earmarked for the programme exceeds USD 1 bn. To implement some of the initiatives set out in the programme and provide for regular upgrades in the future, the Company establishes a dedicated plant for preparing and conducting overhauls.
The ethylene plant commissions a new Linde cracking furnace for processing propane-butane fractions and upgrades two cracking furnaces at the fourth stage of gas separation. The low-pressure polyethylene production and processing facility begins producing linear polyethylene. Commissioning of a new unit for packaging low-pressure polyethylene in valve bags.
Modernisation of phenol and acetone production, with their output increasing to 65 ktpa and 41 ktpa, respectively.
Modernisation of the low-pressure polypropylene production and processing facility completed. This includes upgrades to reactors A and C and installation of gas treatment, waste gas recovery, suspension catalyst feeding, and polyethylene powder compounding units with a capacity of 30 kt/h. Low pressure ethylene production capacity ramps up from 200 ktpa to 510 ktpa. Bisphenol A plant commissioned with an annual output of 70 kt. Sintez water polo team win the Russian Championship and European LEN Trophy (LEN Euro Cup since 2011).
Launch of a polycarbonate plant (65 ktpa), Butene-1 unit (20.5 ktpa), and a new carbon production facility (20.5 ktpa).
Completion of production development programme, resulting in the launch of Russia’s one-of-a-kind complex of bisphenol A and polycarbonate plants, modernisation of low pressure polyethylene, phenol and acetone production facilities, renovation of the plant’s infrastructure, and completion of a large-scale overhaul of the ethylene plant to upgrade the capacities of the second, third and fourth stages. E-500 complex established, and the ethylene production ramps up from 430 ktpa to 605 ktpa.
Since 2011, Kazanorgsintez has been rapidly ramping up its production capacities and output. Pursuing its development programmes, the Company modernised its infrastructure and upgraded a number of social facilities. In 2012, Kazanorgsintez acquired NefteKhimSevilen, whose capacities used to be its part during the Soviet era. Kazanorgsintez changed its form of incorporation in 2015 and became a public joint-stock company. In 2021, the Company became part of SIBUR Holding.
The LDEP facility upgrades its heat flow scheme, resulting in a ramp-up of polyethylene production from 112 ktpa to 140 ktpa. Introduction of a Pall microfiltration system for industrial stormwater, a water filtration system with MICROZA membrane modules, and a closed-loop water treatment technology to meet drinking water quality standards.
Kazanorgsintez consolidates all Soviet-era production facilities by acquiring NefteKhimSevilen. The organic products plant and the nitrogen, oxygen and refrigeration plant merged into a single organic products and industrial gas plant. Leonid Alekhin steps down from his position of the general director and is replaced by Farid Minigulov, who previously oversaw the project to launch polycarbonate production.
A new production development programme for 2014–2016 approved. It includes construction of a Technip two-chamber cracking furnace, installation of a new extrusion machine, and a number of measures to improve power supply reliability.
The low-pressure polyethylene production and processing facility commissions a HAVER FFS 2000 granular packaging machine and a MÖLLERS bag palletising and stretch film packaging line.
Commissioning of a new Technip two-chamber cracking furnace with a capacity of 138 ktpa of ethylene to replace the old and worn-out furnaces at the E-100 facility. The low-pressure polyethylene production and processing facility launches a high-density bimodal polyethylene granulation line OJSC Kazanorgsintez becomes PJSC Kazanorgsintez. The Company completes a large-scale restoration of the Sosnovaya Roshcha Park near the Chemical Workers' Palace.
Construction of a pipeline from the Company’s water intake to the Salavat Kupere residential complex. Kazanorgsintez assumes full responsibility for supplying drinking water to the complex’s buildings. Launch of a large-scale project to restore the Lebyazhye lake system funded primarily by Kazanorgsintez and TAIF Group.
Approval of a production development programme for 2018–2020 which provides for the commissioning of a new four-chamber cracking furnace, production ramp up to 654 ktpa on the back of the propane scheme, upgrade of reactor B at the low pressure polyethylene production and processing facility, modernisation of the polycarbonate plant with an output increase to 100 ktpa, and introduction of a new cumene production technology. A number of environmental initiatives implemented. The Company launches in-house production of low concentration sodium hypochlorite through electrolysis using domestic salt and completely phases out the use of chlorine in water treatment, refurbishes slag and sludge drying beds at the industrial wastewater neutralisation and treatment facility, and introduces an on-site dual municipal waste collection system. Construction of a railway station control centre and the central entrance checkpoint with a multi-layer security system. Kazanorgsintez repays long-term liabilities it assumed to implement the first large-scale production development programme for 2004–2010.
The low pressure polyethylene production and processing facility begins manufacturing of tubular three-layer FFS film, which, with the help of high-capacity weighing and packaging machines, is then used to make bags for Kazanorgsintez’s own products. The same line also starts using a palletless packaging technology. The Company successfully implements a large-scale project to restore the Lebyazhye lake system. By 2016, three of the four lakes had dried up and one was in dire condition. As part of the project, the remaining lake was completely drained and its bed was reinforced with three layers of a Bentomat clay sealant. Each lake was refilled with water injected from the Izumrudnoye Lake located 1.5 km away, leading to an increase in the area of water bodies with a shoreline from 8 to 36 hectares.
Kazanorgsintez becomes part of SIBUR Holding.