Dear workers of Almalyk mining and metallurgical combine, veterans of production!
I heartily congratulate you on the anniversary of the native enterprise! For 70 years of its activity Almalyk mining and metallurgical plant has won a strong position as a leading enterprise for the extraction and processing of copper-molybdenum, polymetallic, gold-containing ores not only in Uzbekistan but also in the world.
Today, our plant is a unique industrial complex that combines open-pit mining and underground mining of ores, concentrators, metallurgical plants. More than 36 thousand people work in 45 structural subdivisions located in Tashkent, Namangan, Jizzakh and Surkhandarya regions of Uzbekistan.
We meet anniversary of the native enterprise with high production indicators.
For 9 months of the current year, more than 1 billion 400 million US dollars of products were produced, the growth rate compared to the same period last year amounted to 131.5%. A significant increase in the production of cathode copper (growth rate of 127.2%), metallic zinc (122.5%), gold (106.5%), silver (164.9%) was achieved.
This year, a new record was set at the AMMC copper smelter - 100 thousand tons of cathode copper were obtained by September 16! Such in the history of the enterprise was not yet. Exports increased by more than 1.5 times compared to 2018 and amounted to 655 million US dollars.
All that has been achieved is the result of the implementation of the plant's development strategy until 2025, the professionalism of the engineering and technical staff and the conscientious, well-coordinated work of the multinational team of AMMC.
Today, our company is at a new stage of development, starting with the visit of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev to Almalyk city, during which he visited the plant.
In August 2018, the state share of Almalyk MMC JSC on the basis of public-private partnership was transferred to the trust management of a foreign company "SFI Management Group". To improve the efficiency of the enterprise, leading foreign and domestic scientists and experts were involved, with their participation, a program of modernization of production facilities was developed, which is now successfully implemented.
In addition, a large-scale investment Program and a Program to increase the production of rare metals and hard alloys, as well as the development of new types of rare metals have been developed. Much attention is paid to the introduction of modern, energy-efficient technologies.
In April this year, during the state visit of the President of the Republic of Korea to our country, the first unique Uzbek-Korean scientific and technological center of rare metals and hard alloys was opened at the plant.
We are actively working with foreign partners to promote our products to new markets. The range and geography of exports have been significantly expanded, palladium, lead cake, bismuth sludge, Portland cement have been exported among the traditional products this year. And I can say with confidence that today AMMC has a strong position in both the domestic and foreign markets.
At present, the plant pays great attention to the training of personnel capable of providing a modern approach to solving tasks, taking into account the world experience. There is a branch of Tashkent State Technical University in Almalyk. In 2018, on the initiative of the President, Almalyk branch of the National Research Technological University "Moscow Institute of steel and alloys" was opened with the support of AMMC, where miners, metallurgists, production automation specialists are trained for the plant. This means that the young shift is growing and gaining experience. There is an influx of young personnel, which we, in turn, provide with work on the most modern equipment, work where there are prospects for both professional and career growth.
Today we are optimistic about the future. In the coming years, it is planned to develop 3 billion 349.8 million US dollars of investments aimed at expanding the raw material base, increasing the production capacity of the plant. By 2023, ore production will be increased from 40 million tons per year to 100 million tons, production of cathode copper-from 106 thousand tons to 250 thousand tons, metal zinc-from 68 thousand tons to 120 thousand tons, refining gold-from 14.6 tons to 30 tons, refining silver-from 98.6 tons to 215 tons.
Copper concentrator No. 3 (MOF-3), sulfuric acid plants No. 5 and No. 6, new Vanyukov furnace, oxygen unit, anode furnaces, copper electrolysis shop at the copper smelter will be built. With the organization of new productions thousands of new jobs will be created.
Our production successes create a basis for improving the well-being of workers of the plant, for solving social issues.
The plant has already reconstructed the Palace of culture "Metallurg", which became the center of cultural events in Tashkent region and the country, on the eve of the holiday 408 families of employees of the plant received the keys to comfortable apartments in 10 multi-storey buildings built by AMMC of the new district "27 years of independence", 2 children's educational organizations were opened here. Works on repair of the houses and kindergartens which are on our balance, continue. This year, the reconstruction of the enterprise's dispensaries, located in Almalyk and Chirchik, was started.
Since September 1 this year, wages at the plant have been increased by 15%. In connection with the anniversary, each employee of our company will receive a bonus of 2 million UZS.
Veterans, participants of the Second world war and the labor front, former servicemen who served as a part of a limited contingent of troops in Afghanistan, participants in the liquidation of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant will not remain aside.
The leadership of the country had always attached great importance to the comprehensive development of the AMMC. On the eve of the holiday, a large group of workers of the plant was awarded high state awards.
This high assessment of the work of the team directs us to solve even more complex problems, actively participate in large-scale transformations, cardinal renewal and modernization of the national economy and the country as a whole.
I am sure that the cohesive team of AMMC, which has a wealth of experience and skill, will cope with the tasks with honor.
On the day of celebration of a significant date for all of us, I congratulate the entire team of many thousands on the anniversary. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to our veterans and wish them health and longevity. I wish our young people great success and striving for mastery and self-improvement. I am confident that the glorious traditions of AMMC will continue to be maintained and developed.
I wish everyone good health and happiness, achieving new professional heights! Happy anniversary, friends!
Chairman of the Board of JSC "Almalyk MMC”