ETC was founded in 2003, and in 2006 it became a joint venture between Urenco and Orano. But the technology that we develop has been around for much longer. Use the timeline below to investigate the significant events of our history.
Jülich site established as state-owned company gkt
First cascade is operated with 14 centrifuges
Dutch ucn company starts work at almelo. Uranit company is formed at jülich.
The treaty of almelo paves the way for nuclear collaboration between 3 european countries: germany, united kingdom and the netherlands
Carbon fibre is first explored as a working material for centrifuges. This led to one of the first major industrial uses of carbon fibre worldwide
Production starts at plant in gronau in Germany
Treaty of washington permits urenco to establish an enrichment plant in the USA
Companies from the united kingdom, the netherlands and germany merge to form urenco group
Cooperation between urenco and areva in the field of centrifuge technology. ETC is launched as a subsidiary of urenco
ETC confirmed as joint venture by orano (then called areva) becoming an equal shareholder. Treaty of cardiff adds france to the signatories of the earlier treaty of almelo
As work begins on the two new enrichment plant projects at tricastin, france and eunice, new mexico, usa, ETC's production targets expand significantly to meet project demand
Business transformation planning begins, to manage drop in global demand for future enrichment capacity
ETC establishes subsidiaries, to develop commercial opportunities outside core nuclear expertise
ETC commissions the final cascade at the george besse ii (gbii) project, orano’s enrichment facility in tricastin, france
ETC enrichment project at eunice, usa is completed