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RUSSIAN REPORT 58 E&MJ • OCTOBER 2018 velopment Ministry and allocate some in- vestments to localize production in Russia. In return, the Russian government offers a full range of state support that it is currently providing to the Russian equipment suppliers, plus significant tax breaks and lowered import duties on components. At the moment, SPICs are in demand in the automotive industry, where they, in particular, were signed by Mercedes under its project of building a finished vehicles assembly plant in Mos- cow Oblast. However, the mining equip- ment suppliers so far have not revealed any plans to localize production in Russia. New Equipment For some Russian companies, the im- port-replacement brought exceptional op- portunities. The company Gordrobmash LLC has started manufacturing a broad range of equipment that Russian mines were previously importing from Ukraine. It turned out that some engineers with valu- able experience in producing equipment machinery have escaped from the war- struck eastern regions of Ukraine, looking for job opportunities in Russia. "The target of our company was to at- tract Russia engineers with strong knowl- edge to replace the import of equipment that since the Soviet times was designed and manufactured at the Donetsk Coal Basin in Ukraine," said Kirill Mironov, deputy general director of Gordrobmash. "This equipment included mine winches of various sizes and purposes, equipment for drilling vertical shafts, refining equip- ment and other machinery." Some import-replacement moves have also been confirmed by Russian miners. In particular, it was announced that the Karelskiy Okatysh mine would replace Cat 6060 excavators with new EKG-20KM shovels designed and manufactured by Russian company IZ-Karteks. "These 20- m 3 Russian shovels are more reliable and better adapted to the working conditions in the open pits than the imported prod- ucts," said Alexander Isakov, senior engi- neer at the Karelskiy Okatysh mine. "The machine was specially upgraded to meet the requirements of the mine and is fully coping with its tasks." According to IZ-Karteks, the EKG- 20KM excavator is designed for heavy-du- ty mining and geological conditions found in iron ore pits. Payload in the bucket of the excavator EKG-20KM is 25% more than the EKG-18R/20K, which is achieved by increased overall power, raising the height of the boom and more powerful hydraulic cylinders." IZ-Karteks reported it introduced a double lubrication system and they made the boom 0.8 m longer, which allows them to place the dipper on the ground for maintenance. In the meantime, another Russian equipment supplier, Uralmashplant, in early 2018, revealed its plans to start the serial production of hydraulic shovels un- der the brand name UGE-300 in Russia. Speaking at a press conference in Sverd- lovsk Oblast, the company's executives revealed the new machine would be in a great demand among Russian miners. So far, the Russian market for hydraulic shovels has been dominated by Komatsu, Liebherr, Hitachi and Cat. "We plan to enter that market and re- claim some share of it," said Vitaly Furin, technical director of Uralmashplant. "There are customers in Russia who long to see the results of the field tests of the new machine. "Our task is to make the hydraulic shovels in terms of productivity and main- tainability as good as the ones supplied by global brands. As we are a Russian-based company, we can have better production costs. In addition, by cooperating with us, the customers may avoid any political risks. The situation with sanctions and re- strictions is not getting better." Uralmashplant plans to develop and manufacture seven models of hydraulic shovels from 90 mt to 670 mt, and buck- ets with a capacity of 4.5 to 36 m 3 in front shovel and backhoe configurations. In addition, this year, the company started active promotion of its new crawl- er-mounted mining shovel EKG-35. The first machine successfully passed testing at an open-pit mine of the Russian major coal company Kuzbassrazrezugol. According to Uralmashplant, the track- type mining shovel with a 35-m 3 bucket is an advanced front shovel with rack crowd, twin stick, and truss-cable suspension of boom. Its working mass is 1,200 mt and the capacity of buckets ranges from 24 to 40 m 3 . The AC drive of this new machine provides for higher cost efficiency, output and reliability in operation. "Start of ECG-35 production is an im- portant event for the entire coal mining industry [in Russia]. This shovel is supe- rior to imported products on a number of technical parameters. The volume of ex- cavation of ECG-35 is 10% higher than that of competitors," Furin said. In addition, Russian mining equipment manufacturer Drobmash and Czech-based Noen announced they were planning to start producing mobile belt conveyers and small rotary mechanical shovel at the Niz- ny Novgorod plant of Drobmash. The cooperation agreement on the project was signed during the Import Re- placement-2017 conference in Moscow, and both companies stressed that they were planning to start manufacturing in Russia some equipment that was mostly imported. The companies have not re- vealed additional details on the project, including the expected funding and the technical parameters of the equipment that they planned to produce. Another supplier that is actively pro- moting its products as import-replacement solution among the Russian miners is The EKG-35 is one of the biggest shovels in Russia.

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