IMNR 1966

Researchers and designers of 3 different organizations merged into one single entity: the Institute of Non-ferrous and Rare Metals - IMNR.

The institute focused on the promotion of hundreds of technologies, feasibility studies, and complex projects in the industry field.

Over 220 new alloys (powders, bands, wires, etc.) were made within IMNR for national economic agents as well as for export.

1990 IMNR S.A.

The beginning of a fundamental restructuring process of the institute’s organizational structure and personnel. If at the end of 1989 there were 1600 people working at the institute, today there are less than 100 employees. Many opportunities disappeared making room for new ones – fewer, more difficult to approach.


IMNR became National Institute of Research and Development with a new organizational structure consisting of 4 big laboratories:

  • Ecotechnologies and environment protection
  • Advanced materials and technologies
  • Nanostructured materials
  • Physical-chemical and structural analyses

The Centre for Technology Transfer in Advanced Materials was created. The institute continued the micro-production of new materials.


The professional value of the IMNR specialists allowed the institute to win over 20 projects financed by NATO, European Commission, Switzerland, Japan, France, in international competitions.

Tens of technologies and services have been designed and delivered to economic agents. Hundreds of articles and scientific papers signed by IMNR researchers emphasized the remarkable achievements of the institute.


Member of various professional associations, European tech networks and platforms.

Renowned Europe-wide and regarded as a strategic institute for the National Economy, IMNR participates directly in defining and implementing the National Sustainable Development Strategy for the branch of Non-ferrous Metallurgy.