The first titanium ingot was melted at VSMPO-AVISMA 65 years ago
In February, 1957 the domestic titanium industry started in Verkhnaya Salda.
The weight of the first ingot was four kilograms, and its diameter was one hundred millimeters. This event was the result of multi-year research by young scientists, process engineers and production managers, the beginning of the titanium age in metallurgy.
In the autumn of 1956, in utmost secrecy, the titanium ground was laid in the USSR. In manufacturing trials shop the group was organized that consisted of six young guys — Yuri Prilutsky, Petr Pavlov, Yuri Kuntsev, Alexander Shchetnikov, Alexander Andreev and Vladislav Tetyukhin. All of them were graduates of technical universities in Moscow. In February, 1957 they succeeded in melting the first ingot.
Today you can see this very 4 kg ingot as part of the permanent exhibition of VSMPO-AVISMA museum where it was transferred for keeping in 2017 by Vladislav V. Tetyukhin.
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