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80 years to Chelyabinsk Tractor Plant

The birthday of the Chelyabinsk Tractor Plant, one of the largest Russian industrial associations producing high-tech machine-building products, is considered to be 1 in June of 1933. It was on this day that the first Stalinets C-60 with a capacity of just sixty horsepower came off the production line of the plant. From this point in time, at any point of our immense country, the solution of important technical and technological problems could not be avoided without the participation of machines created at this illustrious enterprise. In the 1936 year, Chelyabinsk tractors perfectly showed their capabilities when passing along the “Snowy Crossing” highway in Yakutia, having successfully overcame more than two thousand kilometers of difficult terrain in conditions of fifty degrees frost. These cars did not fail even during the Pamir crossing in the territory of the Turkestan Military District, when the path ran through high-altitude points at the level of four thousand meters.

The sketch design of ChTZ was drawn up in the spring of 1930 at a special design bureau of Leningrad. Realizing that the construction of an enterprise of such a level as the Chelyabinsk Tractor Plant is possible only with the application of all the accumulated world experience, the country's leadership decided to conduct the final revision in the United States. In Detroit, the center of the American automotive industry, the design bureau Chelyabinsk Tract Plant was created. Twelve American and forty Soviet specialists made many changes to the initial sketches. Instead of the planned twenty separate buildings, it was decided to establish three workshops: mechanical, blacksmith and foundry. To be able to change production facilities, the reinforced concrete supporting structures of buildings were replaced with metal ones. Later, during the war years, this made it possible to quickly switch to production at the plant tanks. On June 7, 1930, the ChTZ master plan was completed, and by August 10, workshops were laid.

80 years to Chelyabinsk Tractor Plant
C-60 tractors

The first builders met with great difficulties: there was no equipment, housing and medical care. There was a shortage of materials, and by the end of 1930, funding for the construction site had sharply decreased. Of the forty-three thousand workers who arrived here on 1930, thirty-eight thousand people left by the end of the year. The construction was threatened. However, 11 may 1931 of the year I.V. Stalin declared that the Chelyabinsk tractor falls under the special supervision of the Central Committee of the CPSU (b). After that, the construction of the plant went at an accelerated pace. In 1932, a comprehensive installation of production equipment began, with three hundred and seven companies from the USA, Germany, France and England, as well as more than one hundred and twenty domestic factories participating in the delivery. In general, the share of Soviet equipment was more than forty-three percent. What was done in three years was amazing. The endless field turned into a growing city. There, where recently there was one dirt, there were brick houses and huge workshops, there were asphalt roads. In the factory area there was a kitchen factory, a club, a cinema and a training complex.

The first tractors produced ChTZ them. Lenin, worked on naphtha fuel, and only after a significant renovation in the 1937 year, the company launched the production of new diesel vehicles created on the basis of C-60, but five horsepower more than its predecessor. Already in May of the same year, C-65 became the winner of the Paris World Exhibition, receiving a well-deserved diploma "Grand Prix" from its organizers. The serial production of these fuel-efficient machines was established at ChTZ 20 on June 1937 of the year, thanks to which the company became a pioneer in the domestic tractor industry, producing diesel tractors. In total, from 1937 to 1941, the plant produced about thirty-eight thousand C-65 tractors.

The C-65 tractor is the first domestic diesel tractor with an M-17 engine, hp power 65. Working sample of the tractor on the parade of rare books released at the Chelyabinsk Tractor Plant.

The C-60 tractor prototype was an American Caterpillar-60 company of the same name. The main purpose of the tractor was to work with trailed agricultural machines and drive stationary devices. Due to heavy losses, the Red Army at the beginning of the war withdrew most of the C-60 and C-65 tractors from agriculture. They were used to tow large-caliber guns, in particular 152-mm ML-20.

In the 1939 year, the company expanded its product range, having mastered in parallel the production of a tractor for artillery C-2 or Stalinets-2. Its power was already one hundred and five horsepower. The 30 day of March of the 1940-th Chelyabinsk plant marked a new achievement: the 100-thousandth tractor rolled off its assembly line that day. The meticulous statisticians calculated that the total power of all the machines released up to this point on the plant was six million horsepower, which is approximately equal to the power of ten DniproHES.

Transport tractor C-2 "Stalinets-2"

The C-2 tractors were on all fronts, the largest number in the South-West. They carried 85-mm anti-aircraft guns, as well as medium and heavy artillery systems, including 203-mm howitzers and 280-mm mortars. Effectively used in the evacuation of medium and light tanks. By 1 September 1942, there were about nine hundred C-2 tractors in the army. They were carefully taken care of, since the factory supply of spare parts from the 1942 was not produced. There was a case when the driver of the C-2 broke down the gearbox, and, in order not to leave the car, he reversed one hundred thirty kilometers to his unit. Unfortunately, no such military tractor has survived to our time.

Waiting for the war in the air required a reorientation of production, and in 1940, at ChTZ, intensive research and preparation for the production of heavy tanks (such as KV) were carried out together with the designers of the Kirov factory in Leningrad. At the same time preparing to release a fuel pump for the engines of T-12 bomber planes. The first tank was received at the CTZ by the state commission on the last day of 1940.

The beginning of the invasion of the fascists and their rapid advance on our territory in 1941 forced the country's leadership to conduct an urgent evacuation of all large enterprises deep into the USSR, in particular to the Urals. The main production shops and specialists of the Kirov Plant were shipped to Chelyabinsk from Leningrad as soon as possible. The production was deployed on the territory of CTZ. Later, the Kharkov Motor Plant and five more enterprises, evacuated from the territories already captured by the enemy, were added to it. On the move, in the cold, among the snowdrifts, people unloaded the equipment, immediately put the machines on the foundations and started up. Only later were the walls erected around the equipment and the roof was erected. In the shortest possible time, seventeen new workshops were built and launched. As a result, on the site of the former Chelyabinsk Tractor Plant, the largest machine-building plant for the production of military equipment and weapons under the conditional name "Tankograd".

Officially, from October 6, 1941, the enterprise became known as the Kirov Plant of the People's Commissariat of the Tank Industry. Even after the end of the war, for twenty years, Chelyabinsk people produced their products under the Kirov factory brand.

Production of tanks was started from one or two a day, but soon this number was brought to twelve or fifteen. All workshops worked on the barracks position. In cold rooms, people worked sixteen to eighteen hours, systematically malnourished and lack of sleep, with full dedication. No one left their seats until they fulfilled two or three norms per shift. Truly the essence and meaning of the life of the collective of the plant were the words: “All for the front! All for the victory! The company's specialists managed to put on stream the assembly of the EC-1, EC-2, EC-3 and KV tanks. The Chelyabinsk Kirov Plant slowly became the country's main military supplier, producing the latest and best military equipment, without which it would have been impossible to resist such a well-trained and equipped enemy as the German army. The ISs represented all the best that domestic heavy tank building could offer. They harmoniously combined speed, armor and weapons. It is lighter than the heavy tanks of the Germans, with thicker armor and a more powerful gun, they had no equal in maneuverability. After ISa appeared on the battlefields, the command of the Third Reich forbade its tankmen to contact them in open battle.

In addition to heavy tanks, the plant produced the most famous and widely used T-34, as well as the SU-152 (SAU). In total, in wartime, Tankograd produced and sent to the front eighteen thousand self-propelled artillery systems and tanks of various types, eighteen million billets for ammunition and forty-nine thousand diesel engines for tanks. Despite the tension of the situation, the engineering minds of the enterprise fruitfully worked, which during the war created thirteen new types of self-propelled guns and tanks, as well as six types of diesel engines for these combat vehicles. The Red Banner of the State Defense Committee, as the winner of the All-Union competition, was awarded thirty-three times for selfless labor and outstanding achievements to the plant team for the entire war period. Two banners were even left in the company for eternal storage. 5 August 1944 year for achievements in the development and production of new types of equipment and invaluable assistance to the army, the plant was awarded the Order of the Red Star and the Order of Lenin. The second Order of Lenin Design Bureau of the plant received for achievements in the development and production of tank diesel engines 30 April 1945-th year.

At the end of the war, the work of the enterprise re-entered the peaceful course, and on 5 on January 1946, the plant launched its first post-war brainchild, the Stalinet-80 tractor or C-80, which already used a closed type cabin. Since mid-July, 1946, the company has started mass production of this indispensable machine for the post-war economy, which was subsequently widely used not only during the development of fallow virgin lands, but also during the construction of the largest and most large-scale facilities of the Soviet Union. By the way, from the entire fleet of machines that carried out earthworks during the construction of the Volga-Don Canal, the ChTZ tractors made up more than half of the available equipment and performed most of the work.

"Stalinets-80" or C-80

C-80 had good traction, a large stock of power and increased performance. Universal design was designed for different types of work: agricultural, road, construction. The tractor was used as a bulldozer, a lifter, there was even a swamp variant with wide tracks. By right, having earned the title of national, the C-80 tractor was used to create canals, plow fallow lands, and restore the economy. It was used until the middle of the 1970s.

Historical for Chelyabinsk Tractor Day is June 20, 1958, when the company was finally returned to its original name. By that time, the plant had already mastered the production of the new T-100 machine, which in 1961 won the gold medal of the international exhibition. The T-100 tractor (popularly nicknamed "weaving") was distinguished by a high level of comfort inside the cab for the sixties, it had a soft seat, lighting, and forced ventilation. A number of machines of this type are still in operation. The tractor was produced by the enterprise until 1963, when its improved model T-100M (108 horsepower) was introduced into production, also awarded the highest international award in 1968.

Tractor T-100

By the 1964 year, ChTZ had already produced twenty-two models of the T-100M tractor, among which a significant part was occupied by machines with increased productivity and reliability for work in the marshland, the permafrost zone, and also on sandy soils. And in January 1961, the Chelyabinsk plant launched into production a completely new type of diesel-electric tractors DET-250, with a capacity of three hundred and ten horsepower and three times later awarded with medals at international exhibitions (in 1960, 1965 and 1966 th)
DET-250 is designed to work as a bulldozer or ripper. In addition, the equipment of a drilling crane machine, a hole, a trench excavator can be fixed on the tractor. The only tractor in the world (except DET-320) with an electromechanical transmission. This is explained by the fact that at the Chelyabinsk Tractor Plant they were not able to organize the production of machines with hydromechanical transmission, and the mechanical was recognized as inexpedient. Despite overweight, low efficiency. and a complex cooling system, the electromechanical transmission of the DET-250 tractor has certain advantages over hydromechanical transmission in cold climatic zones.

Without stopping the production of tractors, in the late sixties a major reconstruction of the enterprise began and its complete re-equipment in accordance with the new requirements of the time and preparation for the manufacture of tractors of the new generation T-130. The construction of new facilities and the reconstruction of ChTZ 26 on May 1970 received the status of the All-Union Komsomol construction site. And already on 22 on January 1971, the plant received another award, the Order of Lenin, for excellent performance in fulfilling the tasks of the five-year production development plan. It was on the basis of this plant on November 10 of the 1971 of the year that the first production association in the history of Soviet engineering was created, ChTZ im. Lenin ”, uniting four more production branches.

Tractor T-130

The tractor T-130 is a deep modernization of the T-100. These machines deserve mixed reviews. Compared with the same class of tractors, they were easy to maintain, repair and inexpensive. However, the design of the T-130, "rooted" in the thirties, is seriously outdated. The mechanical transmission complicated the control, the levers and pedals vibrated heavily, the semi-rigid suspension prevented the engine’s traction potential from being realized, and the life of the onboard clutches was very small.

31 of May 1983 of the year to the anniversary of the establishment of the company received the Order of the Red Banner of Labor, and 1 June in the square in front of the plant on the pedestal was installed the first-born CTZ and the first domestic tracked vehicle C-60. To the golden date, the plant specialists timed the release of the world's first heavy-duty tractor T-800, used to disassemble the rocks in particularly difficult conditions, where explosives are powerless. The significant for ChTZ became the 3 day of November 1984 when the millionth tractor rolled off the production line with the label of the company. And September 1988 of the year was marked by another unusual achievement: the T-800 bulldozer-ripper was entered into the Guinness Book of Records for the highest performance and gigantic dimensions.

Bulldozer-ripper T-800

T-800 is the largest tractor produced in Europe. A total of ten of them were produced. Thrust at par seventy five tons, maximum up to one hundred and forty, engine power more than eight hundred horsepower. The gross weight of the T-800 is over one hundred tons. The giant was baptized at the construction of the South Ural NPP and during the reconstruction of Magnitogorsk. The machine performed tasks where no other equipment could function in principle. When trying to deliver T-800 to diamond mining in Yakutia, the platform of the most powerful Aeroflot aircraft, Antey, collapsed, unable to bear its weight. Subsequently, the tractor delivered superliner "Mriya".

With 1992, a new stage began in the life of CTZ. First, on April 30, the Government of the Russian Federation decided to privatize it. Then, on October 1, the production association turned into the OJSC URALTRAC. But after three and a half years, 27 on April 1996, the same meeting decided to change the name to Chelyabinsk Tractor Plant OJSC. The difficult situation in the country, the wrong financial policy, despite the demand for the company's products on the market, led in 1998 to the recognition of ChTZ as bankrupt and its complete reorganization. However, the legendary enterprise managed to survive; after the changes that had been made, a new machine-building giant appeared in the market, called ChTZ-Uraltrak LLC.

Improving the model range of cars produced annually, the plant’s products are constantly honored with honorary titles and awards. At the 25 of September 2000 in the city of Ufa, the exhibition of international importance "URALSTROY - 2000" ChTZ tractors received a golden Cup of I degree. Two years later, at the end of July 2002, in Perm, the first in the country regional trade center ChTZ-URALTRAC LLC was opened.

The celebration of the seventieth anniversary of the 1 plant on June 2003 of the year took place in a solemn ceremony, when a whole column of cars proceeded from the gate of the enterprise to the townspeople, in which all tractor models produced at different times were displayed. The C-65 legend, and later modernized tractors brands, participated in the parade of tractors. Among the samples of military equipment could be seen as "old man" T-34, and in the arsenal of the modern Russian army BMP-1 and T-72. The column that followed along the main street of Chelyabinsk enabled the residents of the city to see firsthand the engineering vehicles produced by the plant, wheeled and small-sized vehicles. In the future, this interesting exposition was installed on a prepared demonstration site, which was visited by several tens of thousands of residents and guests of the city in a few days.

ChTZ products received recognition and abroad, some models of vehicles are exported. 25 July 2003 year for the contribution to the strengthening of friendly economic relations between Vietnam and the Russian Federation, the President of this Socialist Republic decided to award the plant team the Order of Friendship. In May, 2009, CHTZ-URALTRAC, was among the enterprises of mechanical engineering “The Best Russian Exporter of 2008”, confirming this title a year later.

Separate models of tractors created at ChTZ repeatedly became winners of a well-known competition among domestic manufacturers under the name “100 best goods of Russia”: in December 2004, the DET-320 model was awarded this honor, in December 2010, the T13 tractor and loader PC-65, and in 2011-ohm - bulldozer B-8. In addition, the company itself was awarded awards for high quality products. Another evidence of recognition of the credibility of the plant was the election of the Director General of ChTZ V. Platonov to the post of head of the committee of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in July of 2006.


Bulldozer B-8

Curiously, the good "deeds of the enterprise for the benefit of humanity" were also noted by the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexy II, who in June 2008 decided to award ChTZ with the Order of the Holy Blessed Prince Dmitry Donskoy.

Obtaining a European quality certificate for one of the models produced by the enterprise (11 bulldozer) in June, 2009, and a certificate of labor protection in June, 2010, opened the way for CTZ to the European market with the possibility of organizing joint production. The result of the fruitful cooperation with the Italian partners was the foundry mini-plant launched in September of the 2010. And in January of the same year, the company began to test the latest bulldozers using the GLONASS satellite navigation system.

B11 bulldozer

In March, 2011 of the year Uralvagonzavod Corporation acquired a controlling stake of CTZ (63,3%), which in total with the shares already owned by this company amounted to about 80%. The agreement between UVZ and ChTZ was rightly called the “2011 Deal of the Year.” The main direction of production of the plant as part of UVZ was the production of civilian road-building equipment. Thus, today ChTZ is one of the largest industrial associations in Russia, which can offer Russian and foreign consumers not only high-quality tractors, bulldozers and engineering vehicles, but also high-capacity pipe layers, vibratory rollers, loaders and diesel engines, as well as diesel engines. generator sets and diesel-hydraulic stations, spare parts for own-produced tractors, mini-tractors and utility machines. In recent years, the plant’s products were introduced not only in the former Soviet republics, but also in sixteen foreign countries, including the states of Eastern Europe, Vietnam, India, Indonesia, the United Arab Emirates and many others. Large export orders for foreign countries, as well as domestic orders of Rosleskhoz, oil and gas corporations allowed the company to finally solve all financial problems and resume recruitment of personnel for the first time in many years.

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  1. svp67
    svp67 1 June 2013 09: 37
    Here is such a "graduate" "ChTZ" flaunts in V. Pyshma of the Sverdlovsk region and almost gets lost against the background of its "greener" brothers ...
    1. Interface
      Interface 1 June 2013 20: 24
      We were pleased with the last pictures, those with new equipment. It’s only surprising: we have our own equipment, but "hen dai" drive in the fields. The question is: why don't they buy? Is it worse? Outwardly --- nothing, personally in my opinion.
        SPAAARTAAA 2 June 2013 00: 38
        So, and the most annoying thing is that in our city of Chelyabinsk the local mayor’s office does not buy the ChTZ loaders and equipment, but foreign (bobsat, hyundai) for the city’s needs. Personally, I am very perplexed! By the way, I even saw the ChTZ tractor in Egypt!
        1. klimpopov
          klimpopov 3 June 2013 09: 33
          "rollback" "cut" - it looks like these words have cut into the life around us for a long time ...
          Surely they don’t meet any European norm (which you have to buy in Europe for money, you know) ... And they won’t sell it - competition ...
  2. omsbon
    omsbon 1 June 2013 09: 39
    It even became scary that they could even destroy the plant, but thank God, its history did not end!
    With a round date for you, CTZ!
  3. svp67
    svp67 1 June 2013 09: 42
    I would very much like to see such ChTZ products appear in large quantities as soon as possible.
  4. Valera Putilov
    Valera Putilov 1 June 2013 10: 20
    ChTZ is not just a factory for me. My grandfather who assembled the BMP worked here, in general ChTZ is a small working dynasty of my family. I have a native factory on holiday. drinks
  5. avt
    avt 1 June 2013 10: 27
    Happy Holidays, Tankograd! Long years of working life!
  6. My address
    My address 1 June 2013 10: 39
    Then the impoverished country looked into the future, built, straining, and built the giants ChTZ, UZTM, MMK, NTMK. They became the basis of recovery, the basis for victory. They brought up footage.
    Happy holiday, Chelyabinsk!
  7. igor67
    igor67 1 June 2013 11: 06
    here the quality was
    1. igordok
      igordok 1 June 2013 11: 30
      Now he's standing here. Museum "Stalin's Line" Ostrovsky district, Pskov region.
  8. Dimy4
    Dimy4 1 June 2013 11: 48
    At work "weaving" worked out all the terms (30 years if not more), well done, it's time to retire. We will acquire a new one, Chelyabinsk, because the bourgeois do not like our diesel fuel very much - sissies.
  9. Genady1976
    Genady1976 1 June 2013 11: 51
    Order of Lenin Order of the Red Banner of Labor Order of Kutuzov I degree Order of the Red Star Order of Friendship (Vietnam)
  10. Genady1976
    Genady1976 1 June 2013 11: 55
    Happy Big Factory
  11. pensioner
    pensioner 1 June 2013 14: 46
    What can I say, if this plant survived the meteorite! Everything will be fine with him. Happy holiday!
  12. Genady1976
    Genady1976 1 June 2013 15: 03
    Quote: retired
    What can I say, if this plant survived the meteorite! Everything will be fine with him. Happy holiday!

    the meteor was hit by this rocket wink
    1. Phantom Revolution
      Phantom Revolution 1 June 2013 15: 26
      Quote: Genady1976
      the meteor was knocked out by this wink rocket

      A meteor is a different caliber, so far, neither the Russian Federation nor any other means have such weapons. Moreover, in Chelyabinsk there is simply no missile defense.
      1. Genady1976
        Genady1976 1 June 2013 15: 57
        Well, why did you mess up repeat
        Tok wanted to believe in it and on those recourse
        1. Phantom Revolution
          Phantom Revolution 1 June 2013 16: 06
          Quote: Genady1976
          Well that's why you ruined everything feel
          Tok wanted to believe in it and on those recourse

          Why so categorically. I just expressed my version.) But, something really blew it up. wink But I doubt that there was at least some sort of air defense capable of this. Maybe it was a top-secret pro, against space objects) Or maybe a UFO) So, believe in anything) hi The world is not what it seems, you just have to look at it wider ...........
  13. stranik72
    stranik72 1 June 2013 16: 45
    During the war, my mother worked as a teenager at this plant. Half of the workers in their shop (they made the engines seem to be) were teenagers, the other half were old people and disabled people. And still we won. "Nails would be made of these people in the world would not be stronger than nails"
  14. Lecha57
    Lecha57 1 June 2013 18: 48
    Good wishes to the Chelyabinsk Tractor Plant!
  15. Lecha57
    Lecha57 1 June 2013 18: 50
    Good wishes to the Chelyabinsk Tractor Plant!
  16. waisson
    waisson 1 June 2013 18: 58
    Yes, the plant has something to remember, and we have something to be proud of. I remember the battle of the titans in the youth of Mitsubishi and what we had in our careers, but then we lost in comfort, but in terms of power, no, and in the days of the USSR, there was comfort from the bourgeoisie
  17. Aristarch
    Aristarch 1 June 2013 21: 02
    Thanks to the author for the article. ChTZ survived the most difficult times, I hope that together with the Uralvagonzavod they will achieve new successes, and most importantly, they should be in demand on our domestic market. ChTZ products are unique and able to compete with foreign counterparts. I wish you new production successes and the development of your native ChTZ. (Grandfather, your factory is alive and produces products)
  18. kavkaz8888
    kavkaz8888 2 June 2013 00: 00
    A peaceful Soviet tractor plowed the field peacefully. Shots were heard from the Chinese side. A peaceful Soviet tractor shot traps, determined the source of the shots, gave two salvo missiles (the second control one) and flew away.
    On the Border, it became quiet and calm again.
    Glory to the Chelyabinsk technique!
    1. ia-ai00
      ia-ai00 2 June 2013 18: 09
      Well, you well done! In THREE lines they wrote a whole fantastic story! I like it!
      I am also very glad that the plant survived! Congratulations to the factory workers and veterans of the factory! But these B-8 and B11 - what BEAUTIFUL!
  19. not good
    not good 2 June 2013 15: 54
    Inspires respect photo tank conveyor, today is so weak.
  20. smershspy
    smershspy 3 June 2013 12: 55
    Lord! Glory to the workers of the rear! Keep it up! I have the honor!
  21. albanech
    albanech 6 June 2013 09: 16