President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Friends,
I congratulate Russia’s mining and metallurgy workers on their professional holiday, Metallurgist’s Day.
The work of a miner, a metallurgist, has always been honourable and enjoyed particular respect. Through the efforts of many generations, industry dynasties – in the Urals and Kuzbass, Eastern Siberia and Northwestern and central Russia – major production complexes have been created, genuine flagships of the domestic industry, which made an enormous contribution to developing industry and infrastructure in the country and equipping Russia’s Army and Navy.
I would like to specifically note the heroic work of miners and metallurgists during the Great Patriotic War. They gave their all to ensure victory and participated in rebuilding plants and factories, cities and small towns, during the post-war period.
Today, the rhythmic, steady work of hundreds of thousands of miners and metallurgists largely determines the dynamics of the Russian economy, makes it possible to implement large-scale infrastructure projects and reliably ensure our country’s defence capability.
Domestic metallurgy products enjoy demand on international markets as well. Our manufacturers are among the world leaders for a number of products, such as large-diameter pipes and sheet steel.
Notably, domestic metallurgy is open to new approaches and advanced technology. Promising deposits are being developed in the industry, major modernisation projects are being launched, and new rolling mills are being put into operation.
We take pride in developing white metallurgy which is unique for our country. Its output, technical solutions and the level of employee training correspond to best international practices.
I am confident that the number of such modern production sites putting out goods with high added value and high export potential will continue to grow.
However, the focus should remain on improving working conditions at enterprises, increasing the incomes of industry workers and improving professional skills.
Of course, much remains to be done to reach the next level of environmental standards and to improve the environment in our country’s industrial cities.
Friends, we have big ambitious goals for metallurgy in Russia. Achieving them will determine the future of the industry and the well-being of its employees for many years to come.
Russian metallurgy has always been famous for its professionals dedicated to their work. I am confident you can handle even the most complex of challenges.
I congratulate you on the occasion and wish you every success and all the best.