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Roy M. Martin Papers

A Guide to the Roy M. Martin Papers, 1978-1996.
Call Number Mss1 M3656 a FA2

Administrative Information


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Preferred Citation

Roy M. Martin papers, 1978-1996 (Mss1 M3656 a FA2), Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, Va.


Acquisition Information

Gift of Roy M. Martin, Richmond, Va., in 2005. Accessioned 26 July 2007.


Descriptive Summary


Repository: Virginia Historical Society
Collection Number: Mss1 M3656 a FA2
Collection Name: Roy M. Martin Papers, 1978-1996
Size: 62 folders (2 linear feet)
Language: English
Abstract: Historical and administrative materials relating to Reynolds International, Inc., a subsidiary of Reynolds Metals Company, and its involvement with establishing an aluminum manufacturing plant, Sayanal Joint Venture, in Sayanagorsh, Siberia; and Roy M. Martin’s oversight of the new facility’s development.


Scope and Content Information


This collection consists of various manuals used by Reynolds International, Inc. (RII) as part of the technology supplied by RII for the construction and startup of the Sayanal Joint Venture in Sayanagorsh, Siberia. Sayanal was a continuous casting, foil rolling, and converting plant in which RII held approximately a fifteen percent interest. This enterprise employed around 5,000 individuals. In return for a partial ownership, RII provided the technology and technical supervision to build and run the plant. Roy M. Martin was the Reynolds employee who served as the consultant to the technology staff at the Siberian plant, and he used these manuals in his work. This collection also includes slides of Sayanal Plant and of several similar American, Japanese, and German plants that used aluminum foil to manufacture end products.


Biographical/Historical Information


Roy Martin worked for Reynolds Metals Company and its subsidiary, Reynolds International, Inc., for 32-years. He had a background in packaging research, technical operations, technical maintenance functions, packaging machinery development, supervision in foil rolling and converting plants, and technology transfer in the Reynolds European operations, including Italy and Spain. One of his last responsibilities before retiring was the technology transfer in Sayanagorsk, Siberia, Russia. Reynolds Metals Company shared its methodology in creating new plants in a number of foreign countries. This information transfer included planning, preparing, and implementing total plant organization plans and job descriptions for all managerial levels, all technological specifications, and installation of equipment.




The papers of Roy M. Martin are arranged into eight series with series one through six containing technical and training manuals used at the Sayanal plant. Series Seven contains 33 mm photographic slides of various Reynolds manufacturing plants and processes, as well as images of a Japanese plant owned by Sumitomo Corporation. Series Eight contains miscellaneous materials, chiefly business cards reflecting the various positions Martin held during his tenure at Reynold Metals.


Index Terms


Aluminum industry and trade – United States – History
Aluminum plants – Siberia (Russia)
International business enterprises
Manufacturing processes
Martin, Roy M.
Reynolds Metals Company
Russia – Foreign economic relations – United States – History – 20th century
Sayanal Joint Venture
United States – Foreign economic relations – Russia – History – 20th century




Series 1. Sayanal Technology Manual.

Box 1

Folder 1 Introduction and Table of Contents
  2 Product Specifications and Samples
    Continuous Roll Casting
  3      Process Description
  4      Alloy Melting Furnace
  5      Holding Furnace
  6      Grain Refining
  7      Filter/Degassing
  8      Continuous Roll Caster
  9      Coil Cooling and Storage
  10      Aluminum Association Guidelines for Handling Molten Metal
    Cold Rolling
  11      Process Description
  12      Cold Rolling Mill
  13      Coil Anneal Furnace
  14      Standard Engineering Procedures, Fire Protection
    Foil Rolling
  15      Process Description
  16      Breakdown Mill
  17      Intermediate Mill
  18      Finishing Mill
  19      Standard Engineering Procedures
  20      Separators
  21      Light Gauge Aluminum Foil Slitter and Fire Protection
  22 Foil Annealing – Process Description of Foil Annealing Furnace
  23 Finished Metal Storage, Material Handling, Packaging
  24      Table of Contents, Process Description
  25      Wet Laminating
  26      Wet Laminating with In-Line Lacquer
  27      Double Lacquering
  28      Double Dry Laminating
  29      Rotogravure Printing
  30      Embossing Machine
  31      Slitting and Guidelines for Handling Aluminum Fines Generated during various Aluminum Fabricating Operations

Series 2. Sayanal Quality Control Manual.

This series concerns Sayanal Material Specifications (SMS), Sayanal Product Specifications (SPS), and Sayanal Test Methods (STM).

Volume 1. Continuous Cast Sheet

Folder 32 Introduction and Procedures                                                                                                                          
  33 Material Specifications (SMS 1-34)
  34 Product Specifications (SPS 1-4)
  35 Test Methods (STM 1-29)
  36 Test Methods (STM 30-47)
  37 MOR Testing Fixture Diagrams

Box 2

Volume 2. Converted Products

Folder 38 Introduction and Procedures
  39 Material Specifications (SMS 35-71)
  40 Product Specifications (SPS 5-17)
  41 Test Methods (STM 48-76)
  42 Test Methods (STM 77-97)
  43 Sayanal Code System and Necessary Equipment and Materials for Foil Manufacture and Converted Products

Series 3. Sayanal Training Manual.

Folder   44 Supervisory Training Schedule, Index, Process Description                                                                                                 
  45 Section 1. Familiarization and Descriptions of the Basic Process Used
         Lecture 1: Continuous Roll Casting
         Lecture 2: Cold Rolling
         Lecture 3: Coil Annealing
         Lecture 4: Foil Rolling
         Lecture 5: Separating, Slitting, Annealing
         Lecture 6: Converting
         Lecture 7: Rotogravure Printing
  46 Section 2: General Process Flow through the Plant; Familiarization with Auxiliary Operations
         Lecture 8: Roll Grinding
         Lecture 9: Reclaiming Rolling Coolant
         Lecture 10: Introduction to Cryogenic Nitrogen Production
         Lecture 11: Coolant Filtration
         Lecture 12: Ink and Lacquering
         Lecture 13: Cylinder Manufacturing and Repair
  47 Section 3: Product Familiarization and Specific Product Flow for Each Product
         Lecture 14: Specific Process Flow for Each Product
    Section 4: Material Handling and Storage
         Lecture 15: Material Handling and Storage through Finished Foil
    Section 5: Quality Assurance Policy and Standards
         Lecture 16: Quality Assurance Policy and Standards
  48 Section 6: Sayanal Code System
         Lecture 17: Sayanal Code System
    Section 7: Sayanal Production Department Organization
         Lecture 18: Sayanal Production Department Organization

Series 4. Sayanal Organization Manual.

Folder        49 Organization Chart and Job Descriptions for General Manager, Financial Manager, and Plant Manager; Organization Manpower Chart
  50 Organization Chart and Job Descriptions for Technical Manager, Research and Development Manager, Quality Assurance manager, Graphic Services Manager, and other Technical Positions
  51 Organization Chart and Job Descriptions for Production and General Supervisors of Melting/Casting, Rolling, Converting, and Services
  52 Organization Chart and Job Descriptions for the Engineering and Maintenance Manager (and the 21 other managers, engineers, planners, and supervisors reporting to him)
  53 Organization Chart and Job Descriptions for Purchasing, Marketing, and Sales, Data Processing, and Personnel Departments

Series 5. Sayanal Process Manual.

Folder 54 Flow Charts for Process Control in the Production of Household Foil, Converter Foil, and Cigarette Liner; Test Methods and Materials

Series 6. Sayanal Technical Mill Data.

The calculations in folders 56 and 57 were developed by FATA, and Italian equipment builder for the steel and aluminum industries, in conjunction with Reynolds International, Inc.

Folder 55 Flow Charts by Product and Equipment List                                                                                                                                 
  56 Cold Rolling Calculations
  57 Foil Rolling Calculations

Series 7. Photographic Slides (35 mm) of Reynolds Metals Company Plants.

Include slide presentations concerning manufacturing processes for aluminum products. Several different foreign and U.S. plant locations of Reynolds Metals are represented in these slides, including South Plant in Richmond, Va.; Hot Springs Continuous Rolling Plant in Hot Springs, Ark.; Sayanal Plant in Siberia, Russia; Sumikei Aluminum Foil Co., Ltd. and Sumitomo Light Metal Industries, Ltd. (now known as the Sumitomo Group) in Japan; and Vereinigte Aluminum-Werke AG in Germany.

Folder 58 Hot Springs, Arkansas                                                                       
  59 Metal Defects; Louisville, Ky., equipment; Roll Casters in several locations, including Spain; and Shape Control
  60 South Plant, Richmond, Va., equipment; Sumitomo Corporation plant (Japan); Processes, including Water-Based Rolling
  61 Spiral Can Production

Series 8. Miscellaneous.

Folder 62 contains a brochure for Reynolds-INASA, an international joint venture involving Industria Navarra del Aluminio, S.A., based in Irurzun, Spain.

Folder 62 Brochure, Reynolds-INASA; and Roy M. Martin business cards, various positions                                                                  

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