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old holes.” Kati’s Survey is run by a dedicated group of experienced survey engineers that also serve other drilling contractors. Surveys of hole deviation are used very commonly right after the end of hole is reached, but are also essential when checking deviation and direction in connection with wedging holes and steered drilling. In addition to deviation surveys, Kati’s

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survey department can also accurately locate and mark new drill holes in the field with precision GPS.

In 2004 Kati was the first drilling contractor in Scandinavia to introduce the ISO 14001 certified Environmental Management System. Today Kati works with clients to take the variables of every drill campaign into account in order to minimise stress on the environment during drilling projects. For example, waste processing has taken a huge step forward in the past five years. All waste produced is transported to headquarters for sorting and continued handling. This applies also to careful cleaning of drill sites after drilling is completed. “By transporting waste to our premises we can ensure proper sorting of waste material and also keep account of all waste formed and eventually reduce the total amount of waste, especially general waste that cannot be recycled”, Rautakoski points out and continues: “We have put in significant efforts to make our drill rigs as friendly for the environment as possible.”

Kopar supplies smelter equipment and associated products to process such metals as copper, nickel, zinc and lead. The company has over 20 years of experience and a product line that includes drums, kilns, converters, anode furnaces, rotary and steam dryers, pneumatic, mechanical and heavy-duty chain conveyors for bulk handling. Its products are manufactured with input from mining companies and major engineering firms.

The company has delivered hundreds of pieces of machinery all over the world to major mining companies from Chile’s Codelco to Sweden’s Boliden. Recently, it delivered a

Kopar has delivered a 160 t/h rotary dryer plant for copper concentrate at the Altonorte smelter in the Antofagasta region of Chile, which is owned by Xstrata Chile S.A

conveyor system to a waste heat boiler of one of KGHM’s copper smelters in Poland.

Larox, probably soon to be part of Outotec, is reinforcing its presence in the growing Chinese and Indian markets. It established a subsidiary near Shanghai at the beginning of 2009 – manufacturing and selling Larox filters and filtration solutions, and offering comprehensive aftermarket services to Chinese customers. A new subsidiary in India will be located in Bangalore and it is expected to be fully operational during the 2nd quarter of 2010 at the latest.

“Larox's strategy is to grow, and to offer local service worldwide. China is a very important market for us, and we want to service our Chinese customers in the best possible way. Being present in China will help Larox better respond to customers’ needs and better monitor market developments and emerging new applications,” explained Topi Karppanen, President and CEO.

China’s demand for high quality filtration solutions has been increasing steadily. “China is facing increasing pressure to improve its industry's energy efficiency. There are ambitious targets and programs aiming to reduce energy consumption and emissions. This drives demand for efficient filtration technology. Larox is very well positioned to offer competitive solutions to help our customers reduce costs, consume less energy and improve process performance in many ways,” said Karppanen.

Larox has been represented for many years in China by local agent Filterox. The majority of the new subsidiary’s employees were already working for Filterox, Karppanen explained. “Filterox has done excellent work. It was a natural step for us to offer job opportunities to the whole Filterox team at Larox. This is also good news for our customers as they will continue to have the same, familiar contact persons for Larox products and services.”

“There is an important growth potential in the Chinese filtration market,” said Su Xugui, Managing Director of Larox China, “China is the world’s biggest producer of copper, coal and aluminium, and one of the biggest when it comes to gold. China is a big country with rapid economic growth which ensures that the mining and metallurgy industries will continue to grow.

“One of our strengths is the broad product portfolio: we can offer the right filtration solution for many different needs in the smelters and refineries. Larox pressure filters, for example, have gained a solid reputation among

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