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UMCC allocated over UAH 37 mln for equipment repair and maintenance

PrJSC United Mining and Chemical Company (UMCC), which manages Vilnohirsk Mining and Metallurgical Plant (VGMK, Dnipropetrovska oblast) and Irshansk Mining and Processing Plant (IGOK, Zhytomyrska oblast), spent over UAH 37 million on equipment repairs and maintenance in January-March this year.

According to the company’s press release, active repairs and restoration of mining equipment at UMCC are underway.

It is specified that in the first quarter of 2024, one of the key areas was the repair and purchase of necessary spare parts to ensure that the equipment operated smoothly.

Thus, VGMK’s branch purchased spare parts for critical process chains, purchased 5 running parts for bulldozers, restored 5 BelAZ mining dump trucks, and put all 5 operating BELL dump trucks on line.

At the branch of IGOK, the funds were used to maintain machinery and equipment in good working order to quickly get involved in work processes if necessary.

“These measures preceded the operational launch of the enrichment production in April 2024. Thus, step by step, we continue to establish the stable operation of the company,” UMCC said in a statement.

As reported, UMCC received UAH 30 million in net profit in Q1, while in the same period last year it made a loss.

The United Mining and Chemical Company has been operating since August 2014, when the Ukrainian government decided to transfer the property complexes of Vilnohirsk Mining and Metallurgical Plant (VGMK, Dnipropetrovska oblast) and Irshansk Mining and Processing Plant (IGOK, Zhytomyrska oblast) to its management. On December 8, 2016, the state-owned enterprise was transformed into PJSC UMCC, and on December 26, 2018, it was transformed from PJSC to PrJSC.

UMCC used to sell its products to more than 30 countries. The main sales markets were the EU, China, Turkey, as well as the USA and African countries.

UMCC earned UAH 30 mln in profit

PrJSC United Mining and Chemical Company (UMCC), which has taken over management of Vilnohirsk Mining and Metallurgical Plant (VGMK, Dnipro region) and Irshansk Mining and Processing Plant (IGOK, Zhytomyr region), posted a net profit of UAH 30 million in January-March this year, compared to a loss in the same period last year.

According to the company’s press release on Monday, the company planned to make UAH 20 million in net profit in the first quarter.

According to Yegor Perelygin, First Deputy Chairman of the Board, the last months of 2023 were difficult, but despite this, the management managed to lay a strong foundation for 2024.

“We have made every effort to ensure that our titanium giant operates even in difficult military conditions. Numerous negotiations with contractors and expansion of the geography of end customers are our main task, which we are successfully implementing. We have successfully rebuilt our logistics and alternative supply routes. Today, the brand of the state-owned company UMCC is returning to the EU markets and strengthening in the US. We already have contracts in place for about 135,000 tons, and the planned volumes are more than 200,000 tons,” said Perelyhin.

He added that the company’s branches – IGOK and VMMC – are currently fully loaded in accordance with their plans. The required categories of employees are booked and there are no salary arrears.

At the same time, all work to stabilize the company’s operations is carried out in close cooperation between management and the State Property Fund. As a result, current issues are addressed in a more comprehensive manner, which demonstrates effective results.

The United Mining and Chemical Company started its actual operations in August 2014, when the Government of Ukraine decided to transfer the property complexes of Vilnohirsk Mining and Metallurgical Plant (VGMK, Dnipropetrovska oblast) and Irshansk Mining and Processing Plant (IGOK, Zhytomyrska oblast) to its management. On December 8, 2016, the state-owned enterprise was transformed into PJSC UMCC, and on December 26, 2018, it was transformed from PJSC to PrJSC.

UMCC used to sell its products to more than 30 countries. The main sales markets were the EU, China, Turkey, as well as the USA and African countries.

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UMCC has started selling titanium raw materials to Italy, Spain and Germany and is systematically expanding its export geography

PrJSC United Mining and Chemical Company (UMCC), which has taken over management of Vilnohirsk Mining and Metallurgical Plant (VGMK, Dnipro region) and Irshansk Mining and Processing Plant (IGOK, Zhytomyr region), has started selling titanium raw materials to Italy, Spain, Germany and is systematically expanding its exports.

According to the company, despite the difficulties and risks of wartime, it shipped more than 102 thousand tons of products in 2023. The planned supply volumes for 2024 are 200 thousand tons.

Yegor Perelygin, First Deputy Chairman of the Board of UMCC, quoted in the information, noted that due to effective approaches and communication with potential buyers, the company signed contracts for the supply of approximately 80 thousand tons in the fourth quarter of 2023 and the first quarter of 2024.

“We were able to attract a series of subscriptions for finished products from stable market players and open new ways to supply world-class end users. We have integrated the coordination and logistics management functions in the commercial unit, become more flexible and focused on an individual approach to strategic customers. As a result, we have opened the UMCC brand to well-known end users in Italy, Spain and Germany,” he explained.

Mr. Perelygin added that by the end of the second quarter of this year, UMCC’s rutile and zircon may become absolutely regular and key components in the raw material portfolios of major processors in Italy, Spain and Germany.

At the same time, companies in the United States and the Czech Republic remain strategic partners for UMCC’s ilmenite concentrate. We are also launching export deliveries of Irshansky GOK’s ilmenite to one of the largest end users in North America. The company plans to sell about 60 thousand tons in the near future. The company emphasizes that the supply chain and end users of these products are strictly controlled by the company and law enforcement agencies.

“Our success is due to our large team. These are more than 4,000 professionals who work in the NONstop mode. Together, we have made a good start for 2024 and are moving step by step towards our strategic goal of producing value-added products and significantly curtailing the aggressor’s influence in the markets of critical minerals and strategic materials,” summarized Perelygin.

The United Mining and Chemical Company started its actual operations in August 2014, when the Ukrainian government decided to transfer the property complexes of Vilnohirsk Mining and Metallurgical Plant (VGMK, Dnipropetrovska oblast) and Irshansk Mining and Processing Plant (IGOK, Zhytomyrska oblast) to its management. Previously, these plants were leased to Firtash’s structures. Then the company was transformed into a PJSC and then into a PrJSC.

In August 2016, the government included UMCC in the list of companies to be privatized in 2017. Its deadline was postponed several times, and the tender was disrupted twice.

UMCC used to sell its products to more than 30 countries and was one of the world’s largest producers of titanium raw materials, accounting for 4% of the global market. The company mines titanium ore.

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UMCC plans to export over 200 thousand tons of titanium ore in 2024

PrJSC United Mining and Chemical Company (UMCC), which manages Vilnohirsk Mining and Metallurgical Plant (VGMK, Dnipro region) and Irshansk Mining and Processing Plant (IGOK, Zhytomyr region), has discussed with potential customers the supply of over 200 thousand tons of titanium ore next year.

According to the company’s press release, the discussion of possible supplies took place at the 17th annual TZMI Congress, the largest exhibition of the global titanium industry, which took place in Singapore.

Thanks to the event, which brought together the largest players in the titanium market, UMCC representatives held a number of meetings to expand international cooperation and plan supplies for 2024. In particular, preliminary negotiations were held with leading companies from America, Japan, the UK and the European Union.

“The total volume of supplies discussed for the next year is more than 200 thousand tons of UMCC products. We have now started working on the next stages of negotiations with counterparties and procedures preceding the signing of contracts. We hope that the expansion of cooperation, which we are now actively working on, will help increase the economic stability of the company,” said Dimitri Kalandadze, Deputy Chairman of the Board of the company, as quoted by the press service.

At the same time, he stated that the blockade of export routes and shelling of maritime infrastructure by Russia lead to disruptions in the delivery of products to customers. This directly affects the image of Ukrainian exporters and delays payment for goods. However, in such circumstances, it is very important to develop alternative ways of cooperation and expand it. This is a priority for the company’s management, summarized the Deputy Chairman of the Board.

The United Mining and Chemical Company started its actual operations in August 2014, when the Ukrainian government decided to transfer the property complexes of Vilnohirsk Mining and Metallurgical Plant (VGMK, Dnipropetrovska oblast) and Irshansk Mining and Processing Plant (IGOK, Zhytomyrska oblast) to its management. Previously, these plants were leased to Firtash’s structures. Then the company was transformed into a PJSC and then into a PrJSC.

In August 2016, the government included UMCC in the list of companies to be privatized in 2017. Its deadline was postponed several times, and the tender was disrupted twice.

UMCC used to sell its products to more than 30 countries and was one of the world’s largest producers of titanium raw materials, accounting for 4% of the global market. The company mines titanium ore.

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UMCC resumes shipments of titanium raw materials from IGOK to European market

PrJSC United Mining and Chemical Company (UMCC), which has taken over management of Vilnohirsk Mining and Metallurgical Plant (VGMK, Dnipropetrovs’k region) and Irshansk Mining and Processing Plant (IGOK, Zhytomyr region), has resumed shipments of titanium raw materials (ilmenite) from its Irshansk branch to the European market.

According to the SPF press release, in October, UMCC started shipping ilmenite concentrate from IGOK to the Czech Republic. Under the contract, the company is to supply 30 thousand tons of finished products to the European market by the end of 2023. The customer is a company that produces titanium pigment TiO2, which is widely used in various industries for the production of consumer goods.

At the same time, it is explained that these are the first shipments of ilmenite from the Irshansk branch in 2023. Due to the martial law, destroyed logistics and constant shelling in 2022, the products accumulated in previous periods were stored in the company’s warehouses for almost more than a year, which was an obstacle to the resumption of new ore production.

One of the main tasks set by the State Property Fund for the new management board of UMCC is to establish exports and expand the geography of direct supply contracts. By the end of the year, our company plans to ship about 105 thousand tons of ilmenite concentrate to the European and American markets,” said Yegor Perelygin, First Deputy Chairman of the Board of UMCC, as quoted by the press service.

The United Mining and Chemical Company began its actual operations in August 2014, when the Ukrainian government decided to transfer the property complexes of Vilnohirsk Mining and Metallurgical Plant (VMMC, Dnipropetrovska oblast) and Irshansk Mining and Processing Plant (IGOK, Zhytomyrska oblast) to its management. Previously, these plants were leased to Firtash’s structures. Then the company was transformed into a PJSC and then into a PrJSC.

In August 2016, the government included UMCC in the list of companies to be privatized in 2017. Its deadline was postponed several times, and the tender was disrupted twice.

UMCC used to sell its products to more than 30 countries and was one of the world’s largest producers of titanium raw materials, accounting for 4% of the global market. The company mines titanium ore.

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United Mining and Chemical Company resumed operations at Irshansky GOK

The United Mining and Chemical Company PJSC (UMCC), which controls the Volnogorsky Integrated Mining and Metallurgical Plant (VMMC, Dnipropetrovsk Region) and the Irshansky Integrated Mining and Processing Plant (IGOK, Zhytomyr Region), has resumed operations at the IGOK after a long downtime since last October.
According to the company’s press-release, IGOK is restoring its capacities.
At the same time it is noted that beneficiation plant No. 3 was launched on July 5, and the concentrate will be processed using a dry scheme.
During the shift, the employees of IGCC produced 220 tons of ilmenite concentrate.
Dmitry Kalandadze, deputy chairman of OGKhK’s board, explained that the launch of the IGOK after a long downtime was a priority for the company.
“We know how important it was for our employees at the branch. Today some of them are already at their workplaces. Now we are on the threshold of global changes in the titanium industry, where OGKhK, as a state-owned company, has all chances to take leading positions and push Russia out of the international market forever. I’m sure that the launch of IGCC is a good signal for international partners and I hope that by the end of the year we will be able to achieve stable figures,” said Kalandadze, who was quoted by the press service.
Earlier, it was reported that OGCC plans to resume operations at Irshanskoye and bring the branch to pre-war production levels by the end of 2023. At the same time, the company is actively negotiating to sell products of IGOK to Western partners and plans to enrich ilmenite concentrate by the end of this year at 18 thousand tons per month.
The United Mining and Chemical Company began its actual activities in August 2014, when the Ukrainian government decided to transfer the property complexes of the Volnogorsk Mining and Metallurgical Combine (VMMC, Dnipropetrovsk Region) and the Irshansk Mining and Processing Combine (IGOK, Zhitomir Region) to its management. Earlier these plants were leased by Firtash’s structures. Then the company was transformed into a PAO, and then – into a PrJSC.
In August 2016, the government put OGCC on the list of companies to be privatized in 2017. Its deadline was postponed several times, and the tender was twice thwarted.
Previously, OGHK sold products to more than 30 countries and was one of the world’s largest producers of titanium raw materials, accounting for 4% of the global market. The company produces titanium ore.

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