Back in 1961, a local newspaper featured an article about the company saying that, “In the steppes near Bukhara the construction of the largest chemical plant in Central Asia began.” In those years, the factory had been a national construction site and work on not to stop day or night. On 29 December 1964 the first line for production granules of ammonium nitrate was launched. The new plant had been growing and developing at an astonishing rate at that time. During the first three years new production lines of nitric acid, ammonium nitrate, ammonia, ammonia water opened one after another. The chemical products were critically needed by the agricultural industry. For the 50 year long history of the plant, every year was meaningful and brought on new development opportunities.
Strategic potential and export capacity
Staff is one of the most important components of the company’s success. The formation of a team is always a long and complicated process, not everyone can withstand the challenges of chemical production. That is why Navoiyazot is proud to have many experienced and respected “veteran” professionals among its staff. Alongside these experienced workers, there are always focused young people, who are the hope of the company in the stage of modernization, innovation and new technologies. Today, Navoiyazot employs more than 11000 professionals. The specialists control complex production processes, where competence is key driver of success. The enterprise creates favorable conditions needed for professional development of its employees. The team at Navoiyazot is a community united by common ideas and principles. Another component of success is the stable demand for the company’s products. As Uzbekistan has enormous agricultural potential and is known as one of the world leaders in the production of cotton, the largest amount of fertilizers produced by the company is supplied to the domestic market. Ammonium nitrate and other products of JSC Navoiyazot are successfully exported to many countries. One of the main objectives and priorities of the enterprise is to expand its export capacity. Today, only about one third of products are sold for export. The rest is sold on the domestic market in order to meet the needs of local consumers. As the largest chemical plant in Central Asia, the company is the key supplier of chemical products in the region. On the whole, the products of Navoiyazot are exported to 20 countries. Major partners include long-standing customers in Russian, Ukrainian, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan markets. Navoiyazot is always open for new opportunities and partnerships. It is ready to establish cooperation with more and more consumers around the world. The desire to raise competitive capacity of its products and the drive for success helps the company move forward. In order to expand its production and export capacity, the company is planning to begin construction of new production facilities and to implement several innovative projects. These and other growth factors position Navoiyazot as a dynamic, highly developed, and innovative company.
Products and production technologies
The plant consists of five main manufacturing departments: the department for production of ammonia stages I, II and III, the department for organic production, the department for production of acrylic fiber Nitron, the department for production of caustic soda and small-scale chemical production department. The production departments incorporate workshops for the production of nitric acid, ammonium nitrate, nitrogen-phosphorus fertilizer, acetaldehyde and acetic acid, acrylonitrile, methyl acrylate, ammonium sulfate, thiourea, and others. Operating equipment and technological system are mainly produced in Russia. The workshop for the production of caustic soda, chlorine and chloride products is launched in 2001 in partnership with the German company Lurgi. In addition, the production departments use Japanese technologies (air separation unit) and British technologies (in the production of acrylic fiber). The main products of Navoiyazot are chemical fertilizers. Today, the enterprise produces about 10 different kinds of fertilizers such as ammonium nitrate, nitrogen-phosphorus fertilizer, modified nitrogen-phosphorus fertilizer, ammonium sulfate, ammonium chloride, potassium fertilizer, ammonia water. The company also conducts research and works on the creation of new fertilizers. In addition, Navoiyazot has a wide range of products focused on the needs of the mining and oil and gas industries: they are sodium cyanide, thiourea, flocculant PAA-GS, polyacrylamide gel, water-soluble polymers K-4 and Uniflok. Semi-finished and finished goods include oxygen, nitrogen, argon, ammonia, nitric acid, acetylene, acetaldehyde and acetic acid, polyacrylonitrile fiber Nitron, acrylonitrile, chlorine, caustic soda, hydrochloric acid, sodium hypochlorite, hydrogen cyanide, thiocyanate ammonia. The company manufactures more than 60 kinds of products overall. The quality of nitrate and aqueous ammonia was confirmed by honorary quality award given to the company in 1980.In 2007, Navoiyazot has developed and implemented a quality management system which complies with the international standard ISO 9001. The quality policy is an integral part of the overall strategy of the company. It was designed to achieve greater customer satisfaction, which is one of the main goals of the enterprise. Today, the scope of the certification includes: production of ammonium nitrate, an aqueous solution of sodium cyanide, liquid ammonia, liquid chlorine, ammonium chloride, hydrochloric acid, polyacrylamide gel and acrylic emulsion. The above mentioned products received certificates of conformity from the accreditation system of Uzbekistan and the German national accreditation body DQS ULMSS and IQNet. However, the most important award for Navoiyazot is the trust of its customers.
Changes and development focus
The company has tremendously benefited from the economic policies introduced by the government of the country. Thanks to government support and economic policy of Uzbekistan, Navoiyazot could and can attain its core objectives as focus on manufacturing marketable products which are in high demand on the foreign market, the expansion of product range and line, and reduction of production costs. In 2011, the company has set up two joint ventures with Korean and Chinese counterparts for the production of cosmetics and hygiene products in the Navoiy Free Industrial Economic Zone. The enterprise constructed a facility for production of nitrogen-phosphorus fertilizer, expanded production sodium cyanide, and modernized a part of the main production facilities. Recently the company launched another joint venture, a factory for the production of silicon with partners from the Republic of Korea. Future development plans of Navoiyazot include modernization of existing facilities, implementation of modern technologies, and fulfillment of investment projects. The investment program until 2017 includes a number of large-scale projects such as the construction of a production complex for the production of ammonia and urea, a new complex for the production of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and caustic soda as well as establishment of production line for monochloroacetic acid and nitric acid. The fund of invested projects is mainly financed by company’s own fund. Navoiyazot has a strong social policy to improve well-being of its employees and contribute significant influence on city’s economic position. The company’s valuable assets such as cultural center, a medical center, a children’s summer camp, a dispensary, and a stadium is real exemplar for its care for employees’ social security and welfare
Core beliefs and aspirations
Navoiyazot strives to strengthen its position in Central Asia in terms of sales and become the number one partner for customers, shareholders, and staff. Such business values as reliability, stability, focus on customer needs and drive for excellence, define the company’s attitude and approach to work. At the same time, respect of its employees and their social security remain number 1 priority for the company. The development goals of Navoiyazot for the following years include increasing the volume of production and sales, applying the potential of our employees to achieve the best overall results, manufacturing products that are in high demand on the market, protecting the environment and the safety of employees. The enterprise strives to utilize scientific knowledge and experience for sustainable growth of the company, to automate key business processes, to reduce production costs, to improve products, to exceed expectations of customers by providing high quality goods.