On the 1st of September 2014 LTD “SUMY-ELECTRODE”, one of the youngest subsidiary companies of "Sumy NPO" celebrated its 6th anniversary as an independent company.
During its self-management period LTD “SUMY-ELECTRODE” has grown into one of the leading Ukrainian manufacturers of special purpose electrodes for welding of critical structures and reached the production capacity of 150 tons of electrodes per month. "It's five times more than in 2008. Today, in terms of production, our company is among ten largest manufacturers of electrodes in Ukraine, and as to product range and product quality we have no peers" – says Pavel Pogrebnoy, the Director of LTD “SUMY-ELECTRODE”.
Currently the company is producing about 85 grades of electrodes for welding of carbon, heat-resistant, high and low-alloy steels, electrodes for cast iron welding, and manual arc cutting. Our company not only meets all needs of PJSC “Sumy NPO” in the welding materials, but it has also considerably increased supplies of its welding consumables to foreign markets – from 22% in 2008 to 85% in 2014.
As to technological base, the production has modern equipment that enables to produce products in a closed cycle. Technological process includes manufacturing of various grades of wire and its cutting, dosing and preparation of the charge, rod pressing, drying and heat treatment, certification testing and vacuum packaging. By the way vacuum packaging for electrodes was first implemented in Ukraine by LTD "SUMY-ELECTRODE". This packaging helps to preserve product quality during storage and transportation in adverse weather conditions.
Among the achievements of five-year work of LTD "SUMY-ELECTRODE" there is introduction of "dry" drawing technology of low carbon wire rod, which allowed reducing the wire rod cost almost at 25%. In cooperation with the Central Welding Laboratory of PJSC “Sumy NPO”, first in Ukraine, there was developed and implemented the production of rutile electrodes. In summer of 2014 LTD "SUMY-ELECTRODE" successfully passed the audit of quality management system certification UkrSEPRO. Beside that our company obtained the certificates of conformity for serial production of many welding wire grades.
Sales volume has increased 5 times in monetary funds for the last five years. Among our regular customers there are PJSC “UkrGasVydobuvannya”, NJSC "Naftogaz of Ukraine", PJSC "Turboatom", "NKMZ", PJSC Energomashspetsstal" and others. In total we have over 800 customers.