Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Acron on its 50th anniversary.
In his address to the Company’s employees and retirees, President Putin emphasised that Acron consistently maintains a social responsibility programme and contributes to the economic development of the regions where its companies are located as the largest employer and taxpayer. The President also noted that the Company is committed to protecting the environment, supporting culture, science and sports, and implementing significant charity projects.
On the occasion of Acron’s 50th anniversary, the Chair of the Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko wrote a letter of appreciation emphasising the Company’s significant contribution to social and economic development and to progress in the chemical industry. During the reception, the letter of gratitude was presented to Acron’s employees by the Novgorod region’s representative to the Federation Council, Sergey Fabrichny. “Acron’s success is due to effective economic, environmental and social policies, as well as long-standing traditions and the professionalism of its personnel”, noted Fabrichny.
In his welcome address, acting governor of the Novgorod region Andrey Nikitin emphasised the role of employees in the Company’s success, “The development of this world leading company would be impossible without its cohesive team of professionals. It is very important that Acron rewards its most loyal employees and provides aid to its almost two thousand retirees. Setting the bar very high, Acron provides an example of human capital investment for other companies. We thank all the staff for their work for the benefit of the Novgorod region”.
The Chairman of Acron’s Coordinating Board, Viatcheslav Kantor, sent a telegram of congratulations, noting that it is no surprise that Acron has become a leader on the world mineral fertiliser market and one of the three largest suppliers in Russia. “The scale of our work over the past 15 years is almost equal to building a second Acron. Over the next 5-7 years we expect to build a “third” Acron”, Kantor assured.
In 2016, the Company launched a new 700-kt Ammonia-4 unit, the largest in Europe. President Putin attended the ceremony. The most prominent achievement at Veliky Novgorod-based Acron was the development of a process for producing rare earth elements (REE) - cerium, lanthanum and neodymium, as well as concentrates of light, medium and heavy rare earth elements, from apatite concentrate process flows. Currently, Acron has the only process in Russia to separate REE concentrates into elements in industrial-scale volumes.