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Business trip to Australia
Business trip to Australia

07.06.2019

“Modern technologies are impressive!” – this is how the management of JSC United Mining and Chemical Company and its subsidiary Vilnohirsk Mining and Metallurgical Plant describe their experience of visiting Australian companies. The trip to the continent took place May 19 – June 6.
Australia owns about half of the world’s titanium ore reserves and covers more than half of the global demand for titanium raw material. It is the undisputed leader in the production of products such as zircon and leucoxene. Therefore, the most powerful producers of zircon and ilmenite, as well as companies that produce processing equipment and offer the best technological solutions in the mining field in this area, are concentrated here.
Our specialists visited the production capacities of the Australian producer of titanium sands Image Resources, and production of the processing equipment of Mineral Technologies Company, which produced blocks of separators for Irshansk Mining and Processing Plant, a subsidiary of JSC UMCC. The company’s management also learned about the possibilities of the laboratory of Allied Mineral Laboratories, a division of a well-known consulting company TZMI. AML studies the composition of titanium ore samples from Bukynska area of Mezhyrichchya Deposit and is developing the technology of its processing for IMPP.
The trip was introductory and productive, believes Oleksandr Gladushko, Acting Chairman of the Board of JSC UMCC. “We saw how the modern production of collective concentrates, the production of equipment for it and innovative laboratory that studies the composition of titanium sands look like. The most impressive thing was that ten times fewer employees here cope with the capacities similar to those of Irshansk,” says the head of the company, sharing him impressions.
Australian producers have reduced involvement of people in the process of obtaining titanium products to a minimum. For example, developers of deposits employ only 160 people in order to produce 12,000-13,000 tons of titanium raw material monthly. “Dispatching and automating all processes, attracting contractors to the processes of extraction and repair of special equipment allows our competitors to significantly reduce the cost of production and reduce the number of employees," says Oleksiy Ryabinin, Chief Engineer of Vilnohirsk Mining and Metallurgical Plant, a subsidiary of JSC UMCC.
Why does the company work with TZMI in selecting the technology of processing of the new ore in Irshansk? Because this Australian company offers a comparative analysis of the equipment of different manufacturers and their specific models using the example of processing of Irshansk ore. Accordingly, JSC UMCC has the opportunity to choose the most optimal version of equipment – with the least cost of processing and the largest extraction rates. For this, the Australians have all the technical capabilities.
So, we expect that cooperation with the Australian engineers and the experience of competitors will help us improve technological processes at the subsidiaries of JSC United Mining and Chemical Company.