From achieved results to new horizons


Today POLEMA JSC, one of the leading producers of chromium, molybdenum, tungsten products, metal powders and composite materials, is celebrating the 55th anniversary from its foundation date. One of the top Russian companies working in Powder Metallurgy received its modern and even habitual name in the beginning of the 1990s. The abbreviation ”POLEMA”, formed from the shortened name ”powder alloyed materials”, came into common use in 1992, when the company was founded.  

But the history of this outstanding company goes back much deeper. At Novotulskiy metallurgical plant a Powder Metallurgy department was created in 1961.  It was named as workshop №8 and was created as an industrial facility for introduction of powder metallurgy ideas and developments of the Central Research Institute of iron and steel industry. The opened workshop started to develop really quickly, creating and mastering production of high-purity electrolytic chromium, rolled, molybdenum and tungsten products, composite materials, metal powders within several decades. 

Unfortunately, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the company experienced hard times. Having lost the state order POLEMA had to redirect its production to manufacturing household appliances. It’s hard to believe, but in the 1990s the factory with a unique heritage had to struggle for its survival.

Polema’s joining the Indistrial Metallurgival Holding in 2004 became a turning point in its history. With a new owner the company received a second life.  A lot of successful projects were developed then: reconstruction of the electrolytic chromium production and machining workshops, manufacturing new materials, expansion of production of base materials for PVD processes. POLEMA again took the leading place in the powder metallurgy.

Today POLEMA is working on new projects, such as developing alloys for medical applications (CoCrMo) and powders for 3D printing. The company’s sales outlets include the leading markets in thirty countries, e.g. China, Korea, Taiwan, the USA, Europe, South America and South-East Asia.

Workshop №8 (1961)