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:: Bateman Engineering Enhances its Presence in Russia and the CIS

Bateman Engineering N.V. has acquired the mining-process division of US-based Intertech Corporation as the prime driver of the expansion of its services into Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). The new subsidiary will operate as a division of Bateman Engineering CIS, under the Bateman banner as Bateman-Intertech.

Intertech Mining had since 1998 established a good reputation in the CIS for small- to medium-sized turnkey plants for metal and mineral processing incorporating process equipment such as thickeners, flotation cells, hydrocyclones, pumps, screens, magnetic separators, gravity concentrators and filtration systems. Albeit at a smaller scale, the nature of these services mirrors closely Bateman Engineering’s business internationally, where it has since 1980 been engaged in over 1,000 projects in more than 50 countries to convert natural resources into marketable products.

Bateman Engineering first opened a representative office in Russia in 1994 and since then has provided technical, engineering and management specialists from its offices internationally, primarily in South Africa and Australia, during studies and projects for many of the major players in the mining industry in Russia and the CIS, including Norilsk Nickel (nickel, mineral sands), Polyus Gold (gold), Alrosa (diamonds), Oriel Resources (ferronickel), JSC Nizhne-Lensoye (diamonds), Russian Copper Company (copper), Urals Mining and Metallurgical Company (copper), Newmont Mining (gold), JSC Permgeologodobycha (diamonds), Star Mining (gold), Kazakhstan Minerals Corp. (gold), OJSC Severalmaz (diamonds) and Mechel (ferrous metals).

The acquisition of Intertech Mining thus both diversifies Bateman Engineering’s mega-plant focus in Russia and the CIS and augments its reference list of projects on gold, platinum group metals and coal.

Although Bateman Engineering’s business in Russia and the CIS is currently only a small proportion of its overall portfolio of projects, it is anticipated that the relatively large Moscow office that has been established by Intertech Mining will accelerate the expansion of the services offered to clients in the region through Bateman-CIS.

It is considered that the relatively dormant phase that mining has passed through during the past two decades in Russia and the CIS is coming to an end. The political and economic changes in the country as well as the improved global market for commodities is transforming the mining industry and prompting the emergence of strong new companies that are initiating new resource ventures which previously were not feasible.

Consequently, there is an identified need for resource-development projects of the type that Bateman Engineering has been traditionally involved in globally. Bateman Engineering will therefore make its global expertise available and develop the capacity of its new subsidiary to implement processing projects relatively independently, with the added advantage of a good knowledge of local conditions and requirements. Furthermore, as Bateman Engineering is a vendor-independent engineering company, it has flexibility in selecting the equipment which is optimal for a specific project.

Bateman-Intertech’s management team is headed by the President, Dr Matthew Grodowski, who established the Intertech Corporation in 1989 focusing on the sales and support of analytical equipment in the then Soviet Union. Dr Grodowski, who holds a PhD in Physical Chemistry, is supported by Vice President, Anatoly Pariy, a Mining Engineer specialising in Minerals Beneficiation. Dr Lisa Kim, Head of the Project Sales department, holds a PhD in Analytical Chemistry and joined Intertech Mining at its foundation. Paul Roskam, Head of the Unit Sales department, a graduate in Executive Business Management, has extensive international experience in logistics and procurement management. Anatoly Molchanov, Counselor of President, has a degree in minerals beneficiation and wide experience in coal processing. Sergey Shumilin, Head of the Technical department, is an electrical engineer, with post graduate qualifications in analytical chemistry.




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