From its original chrome mine, which commenced operations in 1938, Kazchrome has progressively expanded its beneficiation and metallurgical capabilities to become an integrated global producer, and one of Kazakhstan’s leading mining organisations and employers.
Kazakhstan’s first ferroalloys plant was launched in Aktobe on January 18, 1943, when the plant’s first smelting furnace, Komsomolka, was fired up. On January 20, the plant produced its first batch of metal. Since then, the Komsomolka furnace alone has seen over 220 thousand melt heats.
Aksu ferroalloys plant was launched in 1968, and the first ton of products was produced in the same year. Between 1970 and 1982, 26 new furnaces were commissioned. Up-to-date works on existing furnaces reconstruction and modernization, as well as commissioning of new furnaces nowadays allowed Aksu plant to reach the production of more than 800 thousand tons of ferroalloys per annual.
In 1995, the Akturbo power plant was launched — its electricity production meets 35% of the Aktobe Ferroalloys Plant power supply demand.
In 1997, development of manganese deposit “Tur” began. This mine uses high-performance extraction and transportation equipment for open-pit deposits.
In the 21st century, Kazchrome is focused on projects dedicated to increasing of ore output from current deposits, as well as expanding ferroalloy production through the construction of new workshops. Kazchrome pays particular attention to environmental and social initiatives undertaken jointly with the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan.