Eurasian Resources Group at the 2018 World Mining Congress. Digital projects in the mining and smelting sector of Kazakhstan: New challenges – new opportunities

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Management team of Eurasian Resources Group (ERG), the trending diversified company in the field of natural resources extraction and processing, and other leaders of the industry, along with the most reputable experts and members of the allied sectors, will take part in the 25th World Mining Congress which will be held in the city of Astana on June 19th-22nd, 2018, and thus Kazakhstan will be the first country within the territory of the CIS states to host this outstanding event in its capital.

The key topics of the Congress include: implementation of innovative solutions, automation and digitalization of enterprises, attraction of investments into the mining industry.

ERG, a systemically important company of the mining and metallurgical segment of Kazakhstan, has become a pioneer in the enterprise digitalization concept, applying elements of Industry 4.0. The digitalization contributes to the flexibility of the production which, in turn, allows introducing more and more advanced business models. Such measures enhance the company’s efficiency and competitiveness, bringing its operational activities to a brand new level. The Chairman of the Board of Director of ERG, Mr. Alexander Mashkevich, and ERG Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Benedikt Sobotka, have been invited to act as the major speakers and honorary guests of the Congress.

Mr. Mashkevich will give a report “Digital projects in the mining and smelting sector of Kazakhstan: new challenges – new opportunities“ under the auspices of the actual subject section of Innovations and Industry 4.0 within the plenary session of the Congress which, as expected, will be attended by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Mr. Nursultan Nazarbayev.

The implementation of the Digital projects has a fundamental importance for the sustainable and systematic growth of ERG. The Group has developed and introduced a number of the software products, and this experience allowed for the significant step forward in terms of the IT-competency in all spheres as well as assisted in the overall modernization of the information technologies.

“ERG has come up with more than 10 projects involving the elements of the Industry 4.0 platform, one of the most advanced modern tendencies of the international technological development that helps to cut operational costs and sufficiently increase product output by using relatively cheap technological solutions”, - Alexander Mashkevich said. “We are striving for the continuous improvement of the adopted digital solutions, but on top of that, we are also adjusting the corporate social responsibility strategy of the Group. New technologies have always been of the highest priority for ERG, and we continue to invest into the development and support of the Digital projects”.

Having made a statement on the global prospects of the mining industry development, Kazakhstan has been given with a unique chance to demonstrate its potential in the extraction and processing of the mineral stock at the international level. The World Mining Congress is the global hub for the discussions and experience exchange with the gurus of the international mining sector from various countries, providing a great opportunity to learn about the current world tendencies of competitiveness and development in this sphere.

Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) is one of the world leading and mostly diversified companies in the sector of the natural resources extraction and beneficiation, having its own fully integrated mining, processing, energy production, logistics and marketing operations. The Group is represented by various enterprises and business development projects in 14 countries on four continents and has a status of the largest employer of the industry. In the year of 2014, Eurasian Resources Group celebrated its 20th Anniversary. The Head Office of the managing company is located in Luxembourg.

As of now, ERG is the global leader in production of ferrochrome and one of the key suppliers of the iron ore. The Group is also ranked in the top ten world leading producers of aluminum raw stock and is among the principal suppliers of copper and cobalt.

ERG takes one third of the total mining and metallurgical industry of the Republic of Kazakhstan. ERG plays a key role in the national energy supply system and is known as one of the biggest railway operators in the Central Asia. Several strategically important companies of the Group are located in Kazakhstan, such as TNC Kazchrome, the Sokolov-Sarbai Mining Production Association (SSGPO), Aluminum of Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan Aluminum Smelter (KAS), Kazakhstan Electrolysis Plant (KEP), Eurasian Energy Corporation (EEC), Shubarkol Komir, and Transcom Transportation Group, which together make a significant contribution to the economy of the country. Over 61 thousand people work within the structure of the ERG enterprises in Kazakhstan.

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo ERG extracts and processes copper and cobalt ores through the network of its companies, namely, Boss Mining, Frontier and Comide. Besides, a number of business development projects are being finalized at the moment, including the Metalkol Roan Tailings Reclamation (RTR) Project.

The copper-smelting plant of ERG, Chambishi Metals PLC, is counted among the strategic enterprises of Zambia, being one of the largest producers of copper in the globe. The Company also has projects that deal with the production of coal, manganese, platinum, bauxites and fluorites in many countries of the African continent, including the Republic of South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mali and Mozambique.

In Brazil, ERG continues to develop the project of Pedra de Ferro, an integrated complex in the production of iron ore with the annual capacity of 20 mln tons.


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