The history of companies incorporated under PLAURUM brand is inseparable from the global history of manufacturing precious metals that originated in the second half of the 19th – early 20th century. At this time companies emerge in other countries, focusing on obtaining pure gold, silver, platinum, and platinoids, studying their properties, and manufacturing products from precious metals.
Today PLAURUM brand incorporates production facilities in Russia (EZOCM JSC), Central Europe (Safina, a.s.), as well as sales offices in the Slovakia, Poland and Romania. Safina, a.s. dating back to 1860 – one of the leading companies in the market of precious metals in Central and Eastern Europe – joined Plaurum Group in 2014, significantly expanding the global presence of the member companies.
The history of creating and developing EZOCM JSC is inseparable from originating of the precious metals industry in Russia.
Production of precious metals as an independent industry in Russia began in the 19th century; its development was driven by platinum, not by gold as one could suppose. 1819 – 1825 was the time when numerous platinum placers were discovered in the Urals, and by the beginning of World War I the annual volume of platinum extraction in Russia reached 5.5 tons – 90% of the global volume. However, Russia had no capacities of its own to process raw materials containing precious metals; alluvial platinum was exported abroad in raw form. It was sold at low prices there, to be subsequently processed at facilities of large foreign companies in Europe and North America.
A joint-stock company of Nikolay-Pavdinskiy mountain district built the first Russian refinery plant by order of Nicholas II. The construction was supervised by a highly professional engineer – Nikolay Nikolayevich Baraboshkin.
The Ministry of Trade and Industry of the Russian Empire approved a special instruction allowing to launch the refinery plant. The 100-year long history of our companies dates from this day. The company was completely focused on developing and implementing unique methods of refining alluvial platinum and obtaining all other platinum-group metals.
Refining of gold and silver was moved from Petrograd mint to this facility, complete with human resources and equipment.
The plant created a special “Extra” grade of platinum that was highly valued in the global market. It started manufacturing products of higher processing levels – industrial crucibles and cups, thermocouple wire and other products from platinum and platinum alloys.
The plant contributed to creating Krasnoyarsk Non-Ferrous Metals Processing Plant: experts travelled from Sverdlovsk to Krasnoyarsk to share their knowledge and experience as well as previously created technology solutions helping to organize new production of pure platinum-group metals. During the Great Patriotic War the plant multiplied its production volumes to satisfy the needs of the military industry.
The plant’s experts participated in developing the first industry-specific government standard – GOST 3193-46 “Platinum base alloys catalytic gauzes”.
Manufacturing of glass-melting devices was started in order to obtain glass fiber acutely needed for the Soviet industry.
In June the launch of the first USSR industrial nuclear reactor was completed; to this end the plant developed and provided lining for internal surfaces of steel boilers from metals resistant to aggressive environment – platinum, silver, and gold.
The plant created several types of products unique for that time – serial manufacturing of bimetals and thermocouple wire.
A group of the plant’s engineers obtained ultra-pure platinum surpassing English, American, and Japanese white gold by this parameter. It was used to manufacture resistance thermocouples and other goods.Manufacturing of semi-finished goods – knitted gauzes and glass-melting crucibles, wire, contact materials, laboratory ware, and silver accumulator grids – reached mass scale. These products were not only consumed within the USSR but also exported to over 15 foreign countries.
Ekaterinburg plant left an imprint on the history of space exploration thanks to the high professional qualifications of experts from the Central Plant Laboratory – they performed the analysis of lunar soil.
The plant implemented a Comprehensive Product Quality Management System – the first in the industry.
The company was one of the first in Russia to receive TÜV CERT certification confirming the compliance of its quality management system to the international ISO 9001:2008 standard.
A new private company was created based on the OCM Sverdlovsk plant – a public joint-stock company called Ekaterinburg Non-Ferrous Metals Processing Plant (EZOCM JSC).
Bullions of EZOCM plant passed all necessary inspections by British experts and received Good Delivery status.
Plant reorganization and optimization of the production processes.
The plant moved from Ekaterinburg to a new production facility in Verkhnyaya Pyshma where a new modern facility for growth and development was created.
According to the results of 2012 EZOCM ranked 33rd among the top 100 largest exporters in the Urals and Siberia, according to “Expert-Ural” magazine.
“Expert-Ural” analytical center ranked the plant among top 20 companies of the region with highest returns.
EZOCM was recognized as the best exporter at the regional competition of industry and innovations “Achievement – 2013” and “Achievement – 2014”, winning in the “Global Market” nomination.
According to the results of 2015 EZOCM was ranked 383rd in the RBK rating of 500 Largest Russian Companies.
EZOCM approached its 100th anniversary in 2016 as a private international enterprise exporting products from precious metals of high processing levels to over 50 countries and as one of the centers of creating innovations for Russian and global industry.
Saw a new stage of the plant’s history. Plaurum Group created on the basis of EZOCM JSC became an important player in the global market of manufacturing products from noble metals. Leveraging technologies, scientific potential and century-old production experience of the united companies from Russia, Europe, PLAURUM explores new high-tech types of products from noble metals and production methods, creates innovative solutions for the global industry and strives to continuously enhance its presence in the global market.