3 / 2021

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.30686/1609-9192-2021-3

Dear Colleagues,

The new issue of Russian Mining Industry Journal is timed to coincide with the Metallurgists' Day - a professional holiday, which this year is celebrated on July 18.

The metallurgical industry comprises over 4,000 enterprises and organizations that employ 600,000 people, which accounts for almost 6% of the country's industrial workforce. The metallurgical complex is one of the most competitive both domestically and globally. Russia is the world's largest exporter of non-ferrous and ferrous metals.

Metal production is important for the development of various industries.

In 2020, when we were congratulating workers in the mineral industries on their professional holidays, we pointed out the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on these industries, assuming that it was just an anomaly that would soon come to an end. A year has passed and this anomaly still continues to have its negative impact on the global economy and on the lives of people around the world. It is no exaggeration to say that the coronavirus pandemic has changed the world. Activities of the export-oriented industries, including metallurgy, have greatly suffered from the corona. Companies are working hard to modernize their production facilities, to make their products more competitive, and to reduce their environmental footprint.

Ю.Н. Малышев, Президент Академии горных наук, Президент Государственного геологического музея им. В.И. Вернадского РАН, Академик РАН, Главный редактор журнала «Горная Промышленность»The stimulating policy of the Russian Government, as well as the efforts of metallurgical companies to restore demand and production, helped to stabilize the situation and provide significant support to the market. Being well familiar with the situation in the metallurgical industries, I would like to highlight two positive long-term trends as a certain outcome of the pandemic crisis: first, an increase in investment in digital technologies for metallurgical operations and, second, a greater focus on investment in personnel and social programs of metallurgical companies, which is very important for solving problems in unconventional situations.

I want to congratulate all specialists and researchers, readers of Russian Mining Industry Journal, who work in the mining and metallurgical industry, on their professional holiday - the Metallurgists’ Day!

I wish you new achievements and success in your hard work, and let you and your nearest and dearest stay healthy, happy and prosperous!

Yu.N. Malyshev,
Editor-in-Chief of the Russian Mining Industry,
President of the Academy of Mining Sciences, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences