Moscow-based Cryogenmash is one of the largest players in the Russian gases business. Now the company is expanding through new acquisitions.

Cryogenmash was founded in 1949 and its head office is situated in the city of Balashikha - eight km east of Moscow. The company has over 50 years of experience in cryogenic engineering and has been the major builder of air separation plants (ASUs) to the Russian Federation over this time.

Not only has the company been a major supplier to the Russian Federation steel and petrochemical industries, it has been an integral part of the development of space travel and the former Soviet Union Space Programme that launched the first man into Space.

Over 95 per cent of the installed capacity to produce oxygen in Russia was built by Cryogenmash and the company has been able to invest in modern design/build facilities in Moscow since the upturn in the Russian economy in 2002/3. The company commissioned a state of the art CAD/CAM/CAE engineering facility in Balashikha in 2004.

As a result of this investment, the company has significantly increased its plant and equipment sales by over 40 per cent per year. This has also been achieved through the development of machine-building lines and acquisition of an additional engineering company - Giprokislorod (the leading specialized designing institute). The company has been able to expand its activity within the regions of the Russian Federation and increase its export opportunities. In 2005, Cryogenmash exports accounted for 30 per cent of turnover, with major sales to the Ukraine and Bulgaria.

Cryogenmash is the major ASU builder for the Russian Federation///

Gas Technology Portfolio
While Cryogenmash\\$quot;s technology portfolio is weighted to cryogenic air separation (O2, N2, Ar and rare gases), the company has also developed other separation technologies, including membrane gas separation units for nitrogen, oxygen enrichment and hydrogen purification plants. The company also manufactures both nitrogen and oxygen PSA units.

Other equipment that is manufactured across the group\\$quot;s facilities include:

  • Liquid cryogenic storage, filling, transportation and gasification systems;

  • Helium cryogenic systems, automated liquefiers, refrigerators, cooling systems, cryostat systems, Helium fine purification systems, unique cryostats, Helium pipelines and the specific equipment;

  • Cryo-thermo vacuum installations and pressure chambers, cryo-adsorption pumps, electric-arc sets;

  • Equipment for LNG purification, liquefaction, storages, transportation and re-gasification;

  • Cryogenic turbo-expanders.

In 2001, Cryogenmash was one of the first Russian engineering companies that achieved certification for quality management systems and compliance with the requirements of International Organization for Standardization ISO 9001-2000. In 2006, the company was certificated by ASME (the American Society of Mechanical Engineers) for manufacturing pressure vessels to the ASME Code.

New venture - gas supply
In 2005, Cryogenmash made a strategic decision to enter into the gas supply business and has reinforced this strategy through acquisitions of Oxygen Plant (Kiev) - a large producer of technical gases in Ukraine. Cryogenmash is also in the process of finalizing an acquisition of a share holding in Daltekhgas, the largest producer of technical gases on the Far East of the Russian Federation.

Company facts
Cryogenmash has over 200,000m2 of factory and manufacturing space. There is an additional 55,000m2 of office space in Russia. The company employs over 2,500 people, many of who have scientific and engineering background. The company recorded US$76m in turnover in 2005.

Company history
1945 \\$quot;“ Decree of the Government on creation of the Giprokislorod design institute, scientific and research institute of oxygen machine building (VNIIKIMASH) and construction of a specialized machine-building plant in Balashikha.
1949-1950 \\$quot;“ Development and bringing production of liquid air separation plants with capacity of 1 600 kg/h of liquid oxygen to the design mark.
1960 \\$quot;“ Creation of the world largest air separation plant with capacity of 35 000m3/h of oxygen (at the time).
1959-1961 \\$quot;“ Creation of cryogenic re-fuelling systems for the space complex of launching pilot-controlled space ships in Baikonur cosmodrome.
1971 - Awarding of the Balashikha machine building plant named after 40 Years of October with the Order of Lenin.
1972 \\$quot;“ Formation of scientific-industrial association of cryogenic engineering
1973-1978 \\$quot;“ Development and output of big quantities of large oxygen plants with total annual capacity about 18 billion m3 of oxygen for ferrous industry.
1981-1986 \\$quot;“ Development, fabrication and putting into operation of a few dozens of space simulators and cryo-vacuum chambers including Europe\\$quot;s largest simulator, with the volume of 10 000m3.
1993 \\$quot;“ Issue of shares at the enterprise, establishment of the Joint Stock Company of Cryogenic Engineering.
1994-2000 \\$quot;“ Designing and commissioning of air separation plants of new generation, creation of cryogenic supply systems for \\$quot;SHAR\\$quot; launch site (India), creation of liquid oxygen filling and thermostating systems for \\$quot;Sea Launch\\$quot; rocket-space complexes (USA, Russia, Norway, Ukraine).