Kazakhstan Mining and Metallurgy Days – forecasts, integration and technology

From 12 to 13 June 2013, Astana's Palace of Independence will host the annual Kazakhstan Mining and Metallurgy Days – a central international platform for geologists, miners and metallurgists in Kazakhstan, Central Asia and other leading mining and metallurgy countries.

The event will again combine several important industry events: the 4th Congress of Workers of the Mining and Metallurgy Industry in Kazakhstan, the 4th Astana Mining and Metallurgy (AMM) congress, the Golden Hephaestus national industry competition, and events for the Metallurgist's Day holiday and delegate tours of Astana.

AMM 2013 will focus on: 'Prospects for technological growth in mining and metallurgy in unstable global economic conditions'.

A session of ministers from leading mining countries will be held in the plenary session of AMM. Mining ministers will give forecasts for the near future and discuss development trends in the global mining and metallurgy sector, as well as presenting state development programmes for the industry and effective approaches and case studies.

As well as sector ministers, speakers at AMM 2013 include directors of major sector and national companies, research institutes, industry associations, financial organisations and analyst agencies. International speakers will travel to the event from Australia, the UK, Germany, Canada, Russia, the USA and Turkey.

Following these opening sessions, AMM 2013 will again be divided into three themed sessions for geologists, miners and metallurgists:

  •  Moderated by Galym Nurzhanov, Chairman of the Board of Kazgeologiya, speakers at the Geologists' Session will include First Vice-President of RosGeo Evgeny Farrakhov, President of the Federal Institute of Geosciences and Natural Resources of Germany Dr Hans-Joachim Kümpel, Exploration Director of Rio Tinto Ken Tainton, and Global Sales Director of CAE Mining Sandeep Ray
  •  The Miners' Session will examine issues such as energy-efficient and innovative mining technology and environmental security in mining. The session is moderated by Mazhit Turmagambetov, Chairman of the Board of Tau-Ken Samruk, and speakers include Chairman of the Board of Kazzinc Nikola Popovich, Director of the Institute of Mining of the Russian Academy of Sciences' Ural branch Sergey Kornilkov, and Managing Director of TNG Limited Paul Burton
  • The Metallurgists' Session will feature speakers including Executive Director of Kazakhmys Corporation Eduard Ogay, Director General of the Gipronikel Institute Nikolai Kaitmazov, and Chairman of the Board of Sat & Co Kenes Rakishev. Issues to be discussed include a review of global trends in the metallurgical sector, modern raw material processing trends, the main principles of attracting capital, and the metals that will be popular over the next decade

Round tables on important issues in the industry today will be held on the second day of AMM 2013 looking at ore and waste processing, the new era of rare and rare earth metals, and developing human capital in mining and metallurgy.

Around 900 delegates are expected to attend the AMM 2013 congress in total, including official national delegations, ambassadors and representatives of trade missions. The accompanying exhibition will present the achievements of Kazakhstan's mining and metallurgy sector, supporting domestic products, services and scientific centres.

The 4th Congress of Workers of the Mining and Metallurgy Industry in Kazakhstan is set to be another important industry event. Organised by the Association of Mining and Metallurgy Enterprises of Kazakhstan, the congress will bring together over 300 delegates from across Kazakhstan, including managers of sector companies, heads of industry unions and government body representatives.

Kazakhstan does not just have enormous natural resources, it also boasts a developed metallurgy industry with advanced technological solutions, a considerable material and equipment base and a highly-qualified workforce. It produces base metals and a range of rare and rare earth metals used to manufacture jet engines, high-temperature devices, catalysts, corrosion-resistant coatings, batteries rods for reactors, and more.

With this in mind, and taking into account the impact of the €9.3bn spent on industrialisation in the country's mining and metallurgy industries which will lead to mass job creation and an increased production range, the Kazakhstan Mining and Metallurgy Days are the key to Kazakhstan's future integration with the leading countries in the sector.


The main organiser of the Kazakhstan Mining and Metallurgy Days is the Ministry of Industry and New Technologies of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The 4th Congress of Workers of the Mining and Metallurgy Industry in Kazakhstan is organised by the Association of Mining and Metallurgy Enterprises of Kazakhstan in partnership with the Union of Workers of the Mining and Metallurgical Industry. The AMM Congress is organised by Iteca together with its international partner ITE Group plc. Official support: Astana Mayoral Administration, the Samruk-Kazyna National Welfare Fund, Tau-Ken Samruk, and the National Centre for Complex Processing of Mineral Raw Materials of the Republic of Kazakhstan.


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