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#VSMPO-AVISMA is going to replace Uralkali carnallite with supplies from Israel

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December 08 2014

VSMPO-AVISMA Corporation which purchases carnallite from Uralkali is ready to cooperate with Israel raw material suppliers and use an alternative titanium sponge production process, said Mikhail Voevodin, the Corporation CEO, to Interfax. He added that this allows the company «to feel secure and function as normal».

Carnallite ore is necessary for magnesium and commercial salts production. VSMPO-AVISMA uses magnesium for the production of raw material – titanium sponge at its plant in Berezniki. The Corporation’s plant located in Sverdlovsk region produces titanium ingots and semi-products from this raw material.

Mr. Voevodin noticed that the Corporation already experienced flooding of one of Uralkali mines – Berezniki-1 in 2006. As a result, the Corporation found Israel supplier and purchased raw material from this supplier.

Besides, the company started to develop schemes of chlorine and magnesium loss compensation not by means of carnallite (like in traditional technology) but using an alternative technology which implies chlorine loss compensation by liquid chlorine.

Mr. Voevodin noted that increase of titanium sponge cost will be about 2-3% only. «Today VSMPO-AVISMA actually has an alternative supplier of carnallite and already tested titanium sponge production process which does not require carnallite», – summed up the Corporation CEO.

VSMPO-AVISMA Corporation is the world largest manufacturer of titanium products which are supplied to many aerospace companies such as Boeing, Airbus, Snecma, Rolls-Royce, Pratt & Whitney. The Corporation covers up to 40% of Boeing aviation titanium requirements, 60% of EADS (Airbus) requirements and 100% – Embraer.

On the 18th of November, Uralkali informed about suspension of Solikamsk-2 mine work and personnel evacuation due to sudden increase of brine inflow in the mine. Uralkali first Solikamsk mine (SKRU-1), connected with the suspended Solikamsk-2 mine, is at risk of flooding. In view of the accident Uralkali promised to speed up commissioning of new capacities.