Economy / Trade
Relying on Their Own Resources
Last April the Pyongyang CVD Tools Development Company laid a marvellous workshop with its own efforts and techniques, which produces superfine materials needed for manufacture of hard metal relying on domestic materials. With the establishment of the new workshop the employees are more proud of their company.
Recalling the project, Ro Myong Chol, chief of the materials research department, says, “In the past my company relied on foreign supply of materials in making hard metal tools. This made us spend a good portion of earnings in obtaining the material.”
The ban on the export of materials in foreign countries a few years ago brought many obstacles in planned production, leading to great loss in the business. Now the managers, technicians and researchers of the company decided to erect a workshop to produce tungsten carbide powder, which is the material of hard metal tools. They were in high spirit. In solving technical problems arising in manufacture and setup of facilities, they solicited researchers of relevant institutes for their wise ideas and opinions. Thanks to their hard work different facilities and installations were set up successfully one by one. In the course of the construction there also happened some failures like the one in the erection of the hydrogen generator, but they could hardly disturb the enthusiastic endeavour. Finally the company built a workshop producing tungsten carbide powder which is of high purity and precision size, followed by successful test operation. The production of tungsten carbide powder, the main material of hard metal, by feeding domestic materials is now bringing a huge profit to the company. This put the modern processes of producing hard metal and CVD tools on a secure footing.
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