National High Technology Center
The "National High Technology Centre of Georgia" (NHTC) was founded as a research institute in 1945 and started the production of stables isotope (such as boron, oxygen, carbon, nitrogen and others) in 1965, with separation methods and continuous work on the development of analytical control and synthesis of labeled compounds.
In 2002 The Institute of Stable Isotopes was transformed into the National High Technology Centre of Georgia and is now the only producer of boron isotopes (10B, 11B) in the territory of the former USSR and Eastern Europe.
The components produced by NHTC are mainly used in the nuclear industry, for microelectronics, medical analytics and diagnostics, in the semiconductor production and for agriculture and research purposes. The Centre is one of the very few companies engaged in this production worldwide.
Current situation of NHTC
Located about 8 km from the historic city center of Tbilisi, NHTC is in the inner urban belt surrounded by residential, commercial and infrastructure buildings including hospitals, schools and a university. On 4ha (total 7ha) of land the Center is producing high quality products despite their very old equipment. They are principally competitive on the world market, with a high-qualified workforce with long experience and property know-how in the production processes. The lack of marketing and commercial knowledge is compensated by scientific experience. With ca. 120 employees and more than 40 high qualified chemists, physicists, production and process-engineers, and supporting laboratory analysts, NHTC is producing state of the art and competitive products mainly for the export market. The Ownership of the existing production facilities is partly shared between NHTC and two private legal entities (Ltd Spectra Gases Georgia; Ltd CPI Georgia), this is a result of the unfinalized privatization processes in the years 2002 and 2005.
As the production with chemical components which are partially hazardous and potentially dangerous for the environment, the Ministry of Economy as the sole shareholder must find a solution for the future of NHTC. In addition, the site of the plant is too large, even if the production were to be extended. The site is located within a middle-class urban development zone, the city of Tbilisi would like to develop this area into a new environmentally friendly urban area as a benchmark for modern infrastructure and a citizen-friendly place.