About 70 percent of the costs of extracting hard coal from the Russian Kuznetsk Basin are incurred from transporting the “black gold” and the overburden from the open-cast mine with enormous tipper trucks. Therefore, mining engineers and technologists are now looking for alternatives. Managers from mining companies and suppliers made up nearly half of the group from the Kemerovo region that spent four weeks training in autumn of 2017 at GICON®-InTraBiD GmbH in Dresden. They found the solution to their problem at TAKRAF tenova GmbH in Leipzig and Lauchhammer as well as in operation at the Welzow-Süd open-cast mine, where overburden and brown coal were flowing on kilometer-long conveyor belts to loading stations and tipper trucks. This solution – which requires millions in investment – is what they want to present to the decision makers for their mines.
The other MP participants want to acquire systems for recycling PET bottles, plastic parts from cars and old tires from Germany or to import filling facilities for pharmaceutical products. Initial talks with German companies have started as well about cooperating on heat recovery technology using apartment waste air and “smart home” controls, sieve technology for mining products and industrial chemicals for mine construction and tunnel boring machines for use in subterranean tunneling. The flexibility of the German partners here amazed the participants.
So Mikhail Vyatkin from the company Energiespar GmbH in Kemerovo can purchase heat exchangers directly from Marley Deutschland GmbH, although the company has an authorised dealer in Russia. And Nikita Orlov, the proprietor of Mining Systems & Technologies GmbH, also from Kemerovo, can simultaneously pursue two different types cooperation with Resinnovation GmbH from Rülzheim. Either he buys the main components for artificial resins from his German partners and processes them at his company to form the final product, or the German processing technicians could instead manufacture the final product for stabilizing shaft walls according to his requirements.
Yevgenia Mituzina (TD GOF Prokopevskaya), together with Hein Lehmann GmbH from Krefeld, tests whether new sieve plate models fit in a pre-existing modular system made by the company from North Rhine-Westphalia. The producers of mining technology, recycling systems and other complex equipment have also demonstrated customer orientation and flexibility. They offered to have steel constructions produced in Siberia, for instance, to save their customers costs and to help strengthen the local economy at the same time.
By Peter Rösler
GICON International Training and Business Development, Dresden