On March 28, 2019, by the Decree of the Russian Federation President V.V. Putin, Mikhail Lifshitz, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Ural Turbine Works (UTW) JSC, and Igor Sorochan, UTW’s Director General, were awarded the honorary title "Honored Machine Builder of the Russian Federation" for their achievements in the mechanical engineering field and many years of dedicated work.
Medals of the Order “For Merit to the Fatherland”, II degree, were awarded to chief welder Valentin Predein, electric manual welder Anatoly Lebedev and lathe turner Vladimir Shalagin.
For 28 years of his time working in the machine-building industry, Mikhail Lifshitz led the establishment and development of a number of high-tech Russian enterprises, including the Korund Abrasive Tools Works, ROTEC-GT – the first Russian gas turbine servicing company to operate independently of international equipment manufacturers, TEEMP – manufacturer of brand new supercapacitors, energy accumulation and storage systems. Mr. Lifshitz also mastered the upgrade of the Hevel manufacturing facility with implementation of new technology to manufacture HJT heterojunction-based solar power modules, and others.
Igor Sorochan has been working in the power engineering industry for more than forty years. Steam turbines for Khmelnitsky NPP, Rivne NPP, Tianwan NPP, South-Ukraine NPP and Kudankulam NPP were supplied under his direct supervision. Hydraulic turbines were also supplied for such major projects as Boguchany HPP, Volga HPP and Bureya HPP. Siemens licensed gas turbines V 94.2 production was organized in St. Petersburg with a localization level of more than 60%.
Mikhail Lifshitz and Igor Sorochan formed a unique team of workers, technologists, designers and managers at the Ural Turbine Works. The plant returned to its former glory as a reliable primary generating equipment manufacturer, and today is considered one of the leaders of the domestic engineering industry. UTW implemented a program for technical re-equipment and production capacities optimization. Over recent years, 15 new steam turbine models have been brought to the market, including the world's most powerful T-295 extraction turbine, turbines for steam and gas cycle and incineration plants, and propulsion units for modern nuclear icebreakers. The project design time for new turbine models is no more than one year. UTW exports up to half of its products.