Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Processing Standards At VV Mineral

Processing Standards
V.V. Mineral the country’s leading heavy mineral mining company began its journey in the year 1989, in which it was established. Some of the most influential people in laying down the foundations of the company include Mr. Vaikundarajan and Mr. V. Subramanian.

There are five wet plants situated close to the mining areas for up-grading the mined ore in mining area itself. There are six dry plants situated close to the mining areas and equipped with state-of-the-art machinery. The plants are equipped with machines from ERIEZ - USA, Linatex, Corona Stat from Australia, Rotex screens from USA and MINOX Grading Machinery imported from Germany.

Most of V.V. Mineral’s Australian equipments are from Downer EDI Mining, Australia (Previously Roche Mining). And, most of the processing machinery is imported, and wherever necessary, indigenous designs have been adopted by the team of Engineers and R&D.

The total capacity of the machinery is about 14,000 metric tons of Garnet and 20,000 metric tons of ilmenite, 1000 metric tons of Zircon, 500 Metric Tons of Rutile per month. An autonomous quality control department is responsible for implementation of rigorous quality control checks in order to maintain our zero-rejection track record. 

VV Minerals India deals with Garnet mining, Rutile Mining, Ilmenite mining and Zircon Mining.

Welding Electrodes Using Rutile And Ilmenite

Rutile and Ilmenite
Rutile and ilmenite are heavy minerals mostly found in form of placer mineral deposits on the surface of sea shores and river banks. They are extracted using heavy mineral mining and are separated through various separation processes like gravity separation and magnetic separation. They are mainly used for industrial applications such as in the making of Titanium metal, as colouring agents, ceramic and glass products. Ilmenite is mainly used for making white walled tyres, glazed papers, plastic, printed fabrics, flooring materials like linoleum, pharmaceuticals, soaps face powders and other cosmetic products. And Rutile is mainly used for car paints, sunscreens, plastics, paper and textiles, as well as a growing number of foodstuffs and cosmetics.

Enriched concentrate of ilmenite is used for production of welding electrodes of rutile. The principal industrial application of rutile is in the manufacture of titanium dioxide or synthetic rutile and welding rod coating.

However, ilmenite coatings are considered to be inferior to rutile coatings on welding electrodes. Although ilmenite is considerably cheaper than Rutile, Rutile electrodes are preferred over ilmenite welding electrodes.

VV Mineral is one of India, major manufacturer and exporter of Ilmenite and Rutile. VV Minerals, India is also the first private ilmenite exporter of the country. The annual output of 2,25,000 metric tons of Ilmenite is unmatched till date. It is family grown business started by Mr. S Vaikundarajan, Chairman of VV Group of companies.

Monday, 21 April 2014

The Difference Between Underground Mining And Surface Mining

The process of removal of essential mineral ores or geological substances from soil or sand is called mining. These minerals are of great value and are abundantly available in rocks and earth’s surface. Minerals can be metallic or non metallic and can be used for a several of purposes. 

Mining is conducted basically in two ways, either underground, or surface mining. Surface mines, or strip mines, are large pits where dirt and rock are removed to expose the minerals. Underground mines are large tunnels that are dug deep into the ground to reach minerals that are too far underground to be reached from surface mines.

Surface mining can be done on mountain tops or on surface of the beaches. The surface of the beach is rich with heavy minerals. Heavy mineral mining is carried out extensively in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. One of the leading companies that undertake heavy mineral mining is VV Mineral. VV Minerals India manufactures mainly four minerals i.e. Rutile, ilmenite, Zircon and Garnet. 

Underground mining is done mainly for minerals that are embedded deep in the soil, for example coal. Coal mining is a very economically beneficial activity and contributes greatly to the economy of our country.

Friday, 18 April 2014

What is Sustainable Mining

Sustainability in resource use and allocation is vital to the economic and social welfare future of the global community. Management of environmental resources such as land, fossil fuels, water and air will become increasingly important – forcing nations to do more with less.

Sustainable mining practices should be decided keeping in mind that present generations’ needs should not be adversely affecting the future. They also should maintain equilibrium in the eco-system. Rate of depletion of non renewable resources should be judicious. There should be minimum adverse effects to the environment.

Before mining the most important exercise, to be carried out very faithfully is prospecting and exploration. Prospecting is pre mining stage operation mainly confines to sufficient evidence of mineral occurrence in respect of shape, size, quantity, quality and economics.

Exploration is a dynamic process and continues during subsistence of mining period. It is expected it should lead ahead of mining operation for consistent updating the mineral reserve.

V.V. Mineral, a heavy mineral mining company based in Tamil Nadu is one the leading companies that conduct the mining activities in a sustainable effort and indulge in activities that are held for  the conservation of natural resources and energy. For example, VV Mineral uses sea water concentration plants to save fresh water as well as use wind as a renewable energy to generate power through wind turbines.

V.V Mineral is a family grown business started by Mr. S Vaikundarajan, Founder, Chairman & Managing Director, VV Group.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Logistics At VV Mineral

V.V. Mineral the country’s leading heavy mineral mining company began its journey in the year 1989. Over the years V. V. Minerals has grown in every aspect of their business. With various awards and expansion activities, V.V. Mineral holds number one position in India. 

We have a wholly-owned fleet of trucks, tippers, dozers, and trailers move the raw materials and finished products on time. Different types of vehicles are deployed for different transportation needs, including bulk material transportation.

For handling bulk bags, they own a full-fledged crane and forklifts to help in the handling of FIBC bags in the warehouse and for loading onto the containers. Such mechanization has ensured increased handling capacity and safer handling. In addition, in-house stuffing under the strict supervision of our quality control department enhances the safety aspect.

There are three big warehouses situated near by Tuticorin Sea port i.e. 5 km of the loading berth of the seaport - is the nerve center of our export operations with a capacity to store 300,000 - 450,000 metric tonnes of heavy minerals in our warehouses. With such a high capacity storage space near to the port, VVM assures quick and large shipments.

V.V. Mineral, India is a prestigious mining firm in Tamil Nadu which has the highest production and export rate of Garnet and Ilmenite annually.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Various awards won by V.V. Mineral

The Development Commissioner of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India has given V.V. Mineral India the status of the top ‘Export House’ of the country.

V.V. Mineral has had the opportunity to be granted with several awards since the 1990’s. These awards have been conferred by a wide range of chambers of commerce and industry and also by the Government.

The ‘Special Export Award’ from Chemicals and Allied Products Export Promotion Council which functions under the support of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India has been presented to the company consecutively for sixteen years between 1990- 1991 to 2006- 2007. 

V.V. Mineral has also been honored with the title of the ‘Number One Garnet Exporter’ status which is issued by the Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Tuticorin from last 9 years.

The company is the proud recipient of the coveted 'National Productivity Award' for the year 1999- 2000 from the National Productivity Council, New Delhi – which was received from the Hon’ble Vice President of India. 

The following awards have been some of V.V. Mineral’s milestones in their journey of success:

  1. ‘Excellence Award ' from Department of Industries and Commerce for the years 1990- '91, 1993- '94.
  2. ‘Certificate of Excellence for Traffic Performance ' from Tuticorin Port Trust during the years 1993-'94 and 1995- '96.
  3. ‘Certificate of Export Recognition ' from Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Tuticorin for four consecutive years from 1993- '94 to 2006-07.
  4. ‘Export Award’ from Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the years 1995, 1996 – 2006-07.
  5. ‘Maditssia – Visveswaraya Award’ 5 times for best organization and industry in the Southern District of Tamilnadu.
  6. ‘Special-Export-Award’ a special award bestowed upon the top-ranking export house that excels in all aspects of exporting norms. The award is superior to other awards such as "Certificate of Merit".

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Various Facilities Offered to the Workers at V.V. Mineral

V.V. Mineral, India, one of the leading mining companies of India. It is based in Tamil Nadu and has major network all over the state. They are one of the most awarded mining companies of our country. They deal with heavy mineral mining of minerals such as Zircon, Garnet and Titanium dioxide products such as Rutile and Ilmenite. 

V.V. Mineral has five wet plants and six dry plants with huge task force always assuring the best productivity of heavy minerals. To keep these employees satisfied and motivated to produce better results, V.V. Mineral has undertaken various measures. These facilities are to ensure that both the company as well as the people working with them gain benefits of the business.  

Starting from the most basic, many V.V. Mineral employees receive accommodation facilities. They are benefitted with subsidized food prices which cost them Rs. 15-Rs.20 a day. All the employees get free medical insurance for themselves as well as their families. The wages that the employees get are higher than that of any Government body.  Employees who have children in the school going age are provided with educational aid. In addition, there is a medical checkup camp organized once a year for all the employees of V.V. Mineral.

To keep them motivated many recreational and sports activities are conducted all year round on special occasions. This encourages the team building spirit. Also, to attain efficiency in production, training is conducted on regular basis. 

How Heavy Mineral Mining began in India

India has a coastline of more than 6000 kilometers and is abundantly rich in various minerals. In 1909, a German chemist, Schomberg discovered heavy mineral deposits in Manavalakurichi in the then state of Travancore which is presently known as Tamil Nadu. These deposits proved to be economically more beneficial compared to other minerals. In the beginning the mining was carried out just for the mineral, Monazite. 

During the First World War the British realized that this was a good trade resource and seized the operations of the German chemist and deported him.  By then they recognized other minerals in the sands which were of economic benefit.  In the early 1920s minerals were transported across borders and by the 1940’s India began contributing to about 80% of world production of these minerals.

Hence, it can be state that India was leading the heavy mineral markets long before US, Canada, Australia and Africa.  However, today India faces a lot of challenges in the heavy mineral market share. 

Heavy mineral mining is done in various parts of India, including Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. The kinds of minerals found on the Indian shores include, zircon, rutile, ilmenite, garnet and other titanium dioxide products. Zircon is used in ceramics and is the most abundantly found mineral. Garnet is used in water jet cutting and sand blasting. Rutile and ilmenite is mostly used in the production of titanium. 

One of the most renowned mining companies of India includes V.V. Mineral, which is based in Tamil Nadu. V.V. Mineral engages in mining activity of minerals such as Zircon, Garnet, Ilmenite and Rutile. They are Indias largest mining manufacturer and exporters of Garnet. 

Friday, 4 April 2014

VV Mineral: India's Largest Mining, Manufacturer and Exporter of Garnet

VV Mineral is a company based in Tamil Nadu; they mainly deal with mining manufacturing and export of heavy minerals such as Zircon, Rutile, Ilmenite and Garnet. The mineral rich beach sands of Tamil Nadu are highly valuable for the manufacture of these four minerals. They contribute greatly to the economic needs of the state. And, also allow Indian industries to collaborate with a global network adding to the profits of our nation.

V.V. Mineral, India has an annual output of 150,000 Metric Tons of Garnet Abrasives. Providing the best quality garnet abrasives in the world, V.V. Mineral have achieved large market share in Europe, Middle East, East Asia, Australia and USA.
The garnet abrasive supplied by VV Minerals is used for sand blasting, water jet cutting, surface preparation and in making other industrial products such as garnet sand paper.

For the last nine years, VVM has been winning the ‘Number 1 Garnet Exporter’ award, presented by Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Presently holding the number one position for export of garnet in India, and 2nd on the global front, VV Mineral strives to be in the top position in the world in the coming years.

Heavy Mineral Mining Around the World

Heavy minerals are found on the surface of the earth in many parts of the world. Particularly in countries like U.S., South Africa, Australia, India, Sri Lanka and Canada. They are called heavy minerals because their specific gravity is higher than other elements found on the surface of earth. 

They are economically very beneficial as they are useful in many industrial applications. Because of their higher specific gravity, they tend to mount up at coastal belts of rivers and beaches in the form of placer deposits. Major minerals that come in the heavy minerals category include Zircon, Garnet, Rutile, Ilmenite, Leuocoxene, and Titanium. The wave actions deposits the minerals on the surface of sand, and these can be extracted through the process of mining.

Once the mining process is complete the minerals can be isolated from the sand using various separation processes like dry gravity separation or magnetic separation and others. The current heavy mineral industry around the world has shown prosperity in places like Murray Basin, Golden Grove and Kangaroo Island in South Australia. India is also well known in the heavy mineral mining industry. 

One of the premier companies that indulge in heavy mineral mining is V.V. Mineral. They are India’s biggest mining, manufacturers and exporters of Garnet. They have been awarded as the ‘Number One Garnet Exporters’ of our country. They also undertake Zircon mining, Rutile mining and Ilmenite mining.

India has abundant reserves in places such as Gulf of Mannar, Kanyakumari, Tuticorin and Kerala. In South Africa, places with great deposits of heavy minerals include, Imperri Hills, Madagascar. Quebec in Canada is also has plentiful of these mineral deposits. 

Difference Between Minerals and Ores

Inside the Earth’s core, due to heat, pressure and other chemical reactions different elements like gems and metals tend to crystallize. Over thousands of years of cooling, these elements are mixed together and form larger crystals which can be extracted through the process of mining and used for various purposes such as jewellery and other industrial uses. 

A Mineral is the original form in which gems and metal and other impurities exists, whereas ores can be defined as a mineral from which the metal can be extracted for economic benefit. All ores are minerals but all minerals are not necessarily ores.

Minerals are found in the natural environment, for example on the surface of beach sands or underground.  And ores contain minerals in form of rocks. Ores are more of economic benefits, but minerals are more of scientific benefits. An ore is a mineral that has metal in large quantity; the quantity should be enough to be worth mining. It is a rock that contains minerals. 

Often, two or more metals can be extracted from the same ore. They are mixed with other valueless gangue as well. Ores are crystalline solids that form rocks. 

One of the premier companies that indulge in heavy mineral mining is V.V. Mineral. They are India’s biggest mining, manufacturers and exporters of Garnet. They have been awarded as the ‘Number One Garnet Exporters’ of our country. They also undertake Zircon mining, Rutile mining and Ilmenite mining.