OVER 60 YEARS OF INNOVATIONS AND TECHNOLOGICAL LEADERSHIP HISTORY OF KUBARA LAMINA S.A.
There are few companies in Poland that have an equally rich, over 60-year history reflecting the history of the economy and industry of our country, like Kubara Lamina S.A. 1957 - On the basis of the regulation of the Minister of Mechanical Industry of 08 March 1957, Zakłady Lamp Nadawczych LAMINA in the process of construction with its registered office in Piaseczno was established. Producer of transmitter and microwave tubes.
1961 - Launch of the production of magnetrons LM-401 and LM-402, based on which constructors of the Industrial Institute of Telecommunication (Przemysłowy Instytut Telekomunikacji) developed the construction of a radiolocation station of the range of 150 km, and Warszawskie Zakłady Radiowe RAWAR commenced the production of such tubes called JAWOR 1.
1964 - Purchase of Siemens’ licence for the production of generation triode T-25. Launch of the production of other tubes, including transmitter tubes used in radio and TV transmitters, including 10 kW triodes, 3.5 kW tetrodes and 450W pentodes. At the same time, the development of the production of rectifier tubes and fluorescent stabilisers. As regards new constructions, the company produced prototypes and test series of such tubes like GU-32, GU-50, GU-81, T-6, Q-3.5, and MC-1. The production of magnetrons LM-401 and LM-402 and T/R tubes ZA-32 and ZP-32 was launched. In consequences, a radiolocation station AVIA B of WZR RAWAR for airports was constructed.
1965 - As a result of the company’s significant construction and technological achievements and great rate of growth, the company was transformed into an R&D enterprise: Doświadczalne Zakłady Lampowe LAMINA.
1967 - While looking for an alternative for the company’s development, the decision was made to start the production of medium and high power semi-conductor elements. At the beginning, based on its own design, the company produced semi-conductor diodes 10A, 100A and 200A taken over from Warszawska Fabryka Półprzewodników TEWA. Thanks to the work carried out by its Semi-conductor Section, in the following years the company could start other new semi-conductors, including 20A diode used in Fiat alternators.
1968 - Launch of the production of the first amplitron LM-100 used by PIT (Industrial Institute of Telecommunications) to develop a modern radar JUSTYNA 2M, whose production was commenced in WZR RAWAR in 1971. The range of the radar was 350 km and this was the first station in Europe which could be fast retuned within a wide range of frequencies and was equipped with coherent impulse systems for deadening permanent echoes. Thanks to that, such objects like chimneys, traction towers, power posts, etc. were invisible on the screen. Given its excellent technical parameters and innovative solutions, the JUSTYNA 2M radar quickly became a real export hit.
1971 - Launch of the production of new semi-conductor devices and purchase of the Soviet licence for low power thyristors. The launch of the production of new semi-conductor products, like high power button diodes BY-300 for 300A and thyristors BT-50 and BT-160 respectively for 50A and 160A was the result of the development of original construction and technological designs by the Design Section. Very large batches to meet market needs were a great advantage of the production of the licenced thyristors. Durable and reliable thyristors of affordable prices were used for many purposes, mainly in all types of converters and control systems.
1974 - As a result of the fast development of the industry of semi-conductor elements, a
decision was made to introduce modern technologies and buy a licence from an American company: Westinghouse Co. USA. The licence production programme included the launch of the production of 12 basic types of diodes of 100A to 1600A up to 3600V and 18 basic types of thyristors of 40A to 1000A up to 2800V. Based on the decision of the Minister of Mechanical Industry of 16 December 1977, the status of the company was changed from R&D to production. In accordance with the regulation, the company’s name was changed to Zakłady Elektronowe LAMINA.
1978 - Launch of the production of the first amplitron SA-311 for “S” band. In the following years, the company successively implemented other types of amplitrons: SA-312, SA-313 and SA-314. This type of amplitron was greatly welcome by the Ministry of National Defence. Based on it, the Industrial Institute of Telecommunication could construct a new type of a radar.
1989 - The sale of the semi-conductor licence to the People’s Republic of China. The licence covered the delivery of technological documentation, selected elements of production and measurement equipment, as well as staff training. The licence was implemented in 1991.
1991 - Finalisation of a contract on sale of the transmitter and industrial tube section with ABB company. In 1993 ABB sold the whole tube production to a French company Thomson. As a result of organisational changes, Thomson was divided into special and space production under the existing name and civil part which was named Thales. In 1996, Thales sold the mechanical section to a French company SERTA. The tubes were produced by such an organisation till 1998.
1996 - Agreement with the Japanese government agency, JAIDO. Under this cooperation, the production of semi-conductors at ZE LAMINA was supported with USD 4 million. One of the conditions of the agreement was to separate the whole production of semi-conductors from the structure of ZE LAMINA. As a result, a daughter company bearing the name of LAMINA Semiconductors International Sp. z o.o. was established. Two years later JAIDO withdrew from the cooperation. Semi-conductors were produced by such an organisation till the end of 2010. At the beginning of 2011 the company was merged with ZE LAMINA S.A. into one production unit. On 29 October 2010, the Extraordinary Meeting of Shareholders of ZE LAMINA S.A. resolved to merge ZE Lamina S.A. (receiving company) with Lamina SI Sp. z o.o. (acquired company). Rights and obligations of Lamina SI were taken over through general succession.
2003 - New types of microwave tubes. Via the Foreign Trade Bureau, the company enters into a contract on the delivery of a radar constructed by PIT with government units of India. The radar needed a microwave lamp, which was constructed by Lamina. As a result of that project, the production of amplitron LA-120 was commenced on the basis of a new input and output system in the form of a coaxial line. The tube is permanently exported to India. Then, such tubes like LA-114 and LA-115 and tube LA-116 used in a radar discovering low-flying objects were constructed.
2004 - Execution of the Bank Agreement and transformation of the company into an enterprise with the State Treasury as the sole shareholder. The Bank Agreement was entered into on 24 May 1994 in Warsaw in accordance with the Act of 3 February 1993 on Financial Restructuring of Enterprises and Banks (Journal of Laws No 1993.18. 882). The agreement was signed by the Agency for Industrial Development as a unit responsible for bank conciliation proceedings and the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Ownership Transformation. Thanks to the Bank Agreement, ZE Lamina could be transformed into a joint stock company. The relevant notarial deed was signed on 16 August 1994. Based on that deed, the District Court for the capital city of Warsaw, 16th Commercial Division entered Zakłady Elektronowe LAMINA Spółka Akcyjna in the commercial register under the number RHB 4141 as a company with the State Treasury as a sole shareholder.
2013 - Merger of KUBARA INVESTMENT HOUSE S.A. with ZE LAMINA S.A. (20 November) Based on Art. 492 § 1.1 of the Code of Commercial Companies, i.e. the transfer of all assets of Zakłady Elektronowe LAMINA S.A. (Acquired Company) to KUBARA INVESTMENT HOUSE S.A. (Receiving Company), which has been operating to date as KUBARA LAMINA S.A. 2014 - The Supervisory Board appointed Jerzy Kubara as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kubara Lamina S.A. He was responsible for the reconstruction of the company. Thanks to the restructuring plan, which was based on three priorities: the reversal of the negative trend in the financial result, cost and organisational restructuring and investments in new production capacities and which was implemented consistently, the company managed to avoid the collapse.
As a result, the company recovered its profitability and started regaining its market value. Today, we can face new challenges and market projects with optimism. We would like to be a company that sets standards of modern management, innovation, top quality products and cooperation with customers and business partners. We are developing a company of a durable and stable international position. We create the value and share the success of Kubara Lamina with our employees and shareholders.