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World’s largest nickel producer orders major equipment package and maintenance services

Norilsk, Russia -- Russia's MMC Norilsk Nickel Group, the world's largest producer of nickel and palladium, is to m...


Norilsk, Russia — Russia’s MMC Norilsk Nickel Group, the world’s largest producer of nickel and palladium, is to make another major addition to its huge fleet of equipment currently at work in Russian mines. The order is for nine face drilling rigs, 10 loaders and one mine truck, all being supplied by Atlas Copco of Stockholm, Sweden.

The 20 new units will serve five mines, as well as a copper plant. They will supplement the company’s existing fleet of over 200 Atlas Copco units. According to MMC Norilsk Nickel Group, the order represents a major investment by the company to fulfill its long-term goal of boosting its production volume.

Radomir Maric, general manager of ZAO Atlas Copco Construction and Mining Technique in Russia, says: “Such a fleet gives a great opportunity for aftermarket activities. The Atlas Copco service organization at the Norilsk branch will continue to grow in accordance with the order. We are building a long-term relationship with this customer by providing good service and through a drill-meter contract which will be introduced later this year.”

The Atlas Copco Norilsk branch was set up in 2001 as a dedicated service centre for the MMC Norilsk Nickel Group. The branch’s 16 employees and warehouse facilities provide complete service support and maintenance to all Atlas Copco equipment operating at the company’s mines.

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MMC Norilsk Nickel Group produces nickel, copper, palladium, platinum and other precious metals such as gold and silver, selenium, tellurium, technical sulphur, hard coal and other materials for industrial needs. Its substantial production volume makes it one of the leaders in the Russian economy.