YILMADEN Holding is a leading global mining and metals company and one of the top high quality high carbon ferrochrome (HC FeCr) producers in the world. Currently YILMADEN comprised of 5 subsidiaries: ETI KROM, YILKROM, VOSKHOD, VARGON & TIKHVIN. The Company is constantly hunting for global opportunities and investments to develop its capabilities and productivity. While placing sustainability at the heart of all our strategies, decisions and actions, YILMADEN Holding focuses on exploring, mining and processing mineral resources with minimal impact on the environment. The company is the one & only company to produce Cr Ore and HC FeCr in 4 countries, putting the company at No. 4 in the Global Chromium Industry. YILMADEN Holding exports top quality materials to its valuable customers in more than 50 countries via well-located distribution centers all over the world. Headquarter is in İstanbul, Turkey. YILMADEN Holding is actively engaged in many projects in Europe and Asia, and plans to expand a global network to Africa and LATAM starting new operations, offices, exploration projects and joint ventures, adding to its global team of about 2000 employees. The criterion of the company is a qualified human potential which is the key to its success. Accordingly, the management of the company aimed to procure and recruit talent & expertise that is resonant with three core values: Passion for Excellence, Flexibility & Innovativeness. In addition to encouraging multi-country careers and leadership development, the management of the company aimed at the employment of local key people and gives priority to working with local merchants and using their services. YILMADEN Holding embraces a dynamic and honest business approach to use knowledge and skill for the advancement of human welfare and in promoting the safety and reliability of the company’s operations, products and services.


Gold Sponsor


Voskhod Group of Companies consists of:

«Voskhod-Oriel» LLP – engaged in production of chrome ore at Voskhod mine site.

«Voskhod Chrome» LLP – implements processing and concentration of chrome ore.

«Voskhod Trading» LLP – shipment and sale of commodity products. The holder of Voskhod Group of Companies is the Yildirim Group – a Turkish industrial group, combining companies from ten different industries in several countries. It is the world’s largest producer of solid coarse chrome ore. The Company uses the latest methods of underground development with modern mining equipment of leading world companies, which allows significantly increase capacity in comparison with the technology works exploited in similar industries in the region, as well as significantly reduce the level of manual labor and improve the safety of underground works. Due to the complex mining and geological conditions of the deposit, for the first time in Kazakhstan, it was applied shotcrete support of mine headings with the chemicals and fiber use. In purpose of personnel securities, working in underground conditions, also for the first time in Kazakhstan, there are Refuge Chambers are used especially designed to safe people in the event of a mine accident. The Concentration Plant engaged in the processing and concentration of chrome ore supplied from the mine. At the Concentration Plant there is produced a chrome concentrate of various fractions. These products are produced within three different cycles of the plant by gravity separation, used to remove the by-products vein minerals and low-grade mineralized material. Shipment of the Company’s products is carried out to the Kazakhstan, Russian and Chinese enterprises of ferroalloy industry.


Gold Sponsor

SRK Consulting

SRK Consulting is the world’s first one-stop consultancy offering specialist services to mining and exploration companies for the entire life cycle of a mining project from exploration through to mine closure. Among SRK Consulting’s clients are most of the world’s major and medium-sized mining houses, exploration companies, banks, audit firms and government departments. Formed in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1974, SRK now employs over 1,400 professionals in 45 permanent offices in 20 countries on six continents. In 2010 SRK Consulting opened its office in Almaty. Opening of the office in Kazakhstan has allowed SRK Consulting to provide its excellent quality technical solutions with consideration of the existing national legislation in the sphere of subsoil use. SRK Consulting employs leading specialists in each field of science and engineering. Its seamless integration of services, and global base, has made the company the world’s leading practice in exploration, JORC Compliance, due diligence, feasibility studies and confidential internal reviews.


Gold Sponsor

Wardell Armstrong International

With a history going back over 180 years, Wardell Armstrong and its Mining Group, WAI, is a British mining consultancy providing high-standard and value-added professional services to private and public mining companies, banks, audit and law firms, investors and government agencies.

Staffed by over 500 experts with extensive international experience in a diverse range of minerals, we operate worldwide from ten offices in the UK, Russia and Kazakhstan to help our clients get the best possible financial returns - while doing things in a sustainable, responsible way. Almost two centuries of British quality and traditions maintained by WAI make us one of the most trusted name in exploration and mining industry.

WAI provides a wide range of services from preliminary exploration planning, MRE, mine design, HSE, mine closure and financial appraisal provided at all study levels from Scoping Study through to Final Feasibility Study. In addition, WAI has been involved in many AIM and Full Board London Stock Exchange listings as well as TSX and Hong Kong.


Silver sponsor


Seequent enables better decisions about earth, environment and energy challenges.

Seequent’s solutions transform complex data into clear geological understanding. Stakeholders use this understanding to confidently make critical time-sensitive investment and environmental decisions. These decisions bring meaning, extract value, and reduce risk, cost and time.

The company is known worldwide as the developer of the revolutionary Leapfrog® 3D geological modelling software, now used in over 90 countries.

Seequent’s technology contributes to projects in a wide range of industries, including mining and minerals, geothermal and renewable energy, civil engineering and environmental.

Seequent’s global footprint includes its Christchurch-based HQ and R&D centre, and a network of offices in Russia, Australia, South Africa, South America, North America and Europe.


Bronze Sponsor

IMC Montan

IMC Montan is an independent international mining consultancy. IMC Montan is one of the leading consulting companies in the mining sector of Russia. The Group also includes DMT GmbH & Co. (Germany), WYG Plc. (UK). IMC Montan has been successfully operating in Russia and the CIS since 1992. Since then the Company has implemented over 500 projects for mining companies, investors and banks. Today the Company is a recognized technical consultant and sector expert; its opinion is respected by analytical agencies, audit and valuation companies, financial institutions, mining companies and Russian state authorities. The range of the Company’s consulting services covers all solid mineral deposits and a full cycle of the mine life. The main areas of the Company’s services include mining and geological audit compliant with international standards, technical and technological consulting, investment feasibility studies, improvement of labour productivity, optimisation of production processes, and engineering services.


Session Sponsor


DMT GmbH & Co. KG is an independent engineering and consulting company active all around the world. The firm’s activities focus on the fields of mining engineering, natural resources exploration, construction and infrastructure projects, safety in buildings, product testing and measurement instrumentation in industrial settings and cokemaking technology. DMT provides consultancy services and assistance which are tailored specifically to the clients’ needs. It also provides impartial assessment or in the following six business units:

  • International Mining Consulting
  • Exploration & Geosurvey
  • Geo Engineering
  • Cokemaking Technology
  • Industry Systems
  • Building Safety

We provide multi-disciplinary engineering services to assist mining and exploration/development companies at all stages of the mining life-cycle, from the initial exploration stage, onwards. DMT´s joint-venture subsidiary IMC Montan is the leading consultancy, representing group´s interest and competence for over 20 years in cooperation with mining companies and investors in Russia and CIS countries.


Session Sponsor

Rio Tinto

Rio Tinto is one of the world leaders in the exploration, development and mining sector. We have a long and proud history of developing global mineral assets based on the quality of opportunity not constrained by the commodity or location.

Rio Tinto has been active in Kazakhstan for more than 12 years pursuing opportunities in the field of exploration and business development. We are currently implementing two greenfield exploration projects in Kazakhstan and pursuing further partnerships in exploration for copper with local and international companies as well as the government of Kazakhstan through the Ministry of Investments and Development.


Bag Sponsor


For over a century, the mining industry has relied on FLSmidth to deliver exceptional technology, products and services. Today, FLSmidth offers integrated plant system solutions which can shorten your project schedule and lower your costs with a higher level of quality assurance from One Source.

As a One Source supplier, FLSmidth integrates testing, detailed design engineering, global procurement, expert process control, and localized services to ensure customized total packages. Utilizing the latest in equipment technology, resources, and materials, FLSmidth delivers optimum design and process support along with proprietary equipment for a complete minerals processing flowsheet. FLSmidth is the industry’s One Source for crushing, grinding, classifying, thickening, clarifying, filtering, slurry handling, flotation, mine shaft systems, pyroprocessing, material handling, automation, engineering, and modernization services.

We’ll work closely with you to find the right solution for your specific application. Recognized as a world leader in the mining industry, FLSmidth brings you proprietary equipment of leading brand names, along with an aggressive product development program for all your mineral processing and material handling needs.


Pens sponsor

OGK Group

OGK Group (United Geological Company) is one of the largest independent service companies in Russia providing a full range of services for subsoil users. The company is a contractor of the leading Russian mining companies. Among the main lines of activity of OGK Group is surface drilling and drilling from underground mine workings, drilling and blasting operations. The company also deals with rock mass transportation and shaft mining. The company operates in Russia and abroad. It is in the top ten companies in the global drilling market in terms of technical equipment.


Press wall sponsor

Haller Lomax

Haller Lomax is a law firm with a team of lawyers who have gained unique legal experience through years of practice in Kazakhstan within local and international law and consulting firms.

We are trusted by major Kazakhstani and international mining and metallurgy industrial groups, state companies and authorities, majors in chemical industry, investment companies and banks.

Insights into the specifics of the mining regulation, its enforcement and further development distinctively underlie Haller Lomax’s mining practice. Our clients inevitably benefit from this advantage in every advice and transaction related to exploration and mining assets.


Notepad sponsor

Olympex Advisers

For more than fifteen years OLYMPEX ADVISERS specializes in the field of subsoil use. The company OLYMPEX ADVISERS has been one of the leading consulting companies in the Kazakhstan’s market in the field of subsoil use, tax, customs, corporate and judicial practice. During this period, our company has acquired the reputation of a trusted and prudent partner, who provides a various scope of services at the highest level.

OLYMPEX ADVISERS is a close-knit team of knowledgeable and dedicated specialists, relentlessly following the principles of professional ethics, who are recognized experts in the field of international and Kazakh law.

Awards and achievements:

  • 2009-2012 – OLYMPEX ADVISERS was acknowledged as the best consulting company for project support in Mergers and Acquisitions area within oil, gas and tax sectors, in the field of court practice (Corporate Lawyers Forum);
  • 2010 – OLYMPEX ADVISERS was nominated for the best transaction in the Mergers and Acquisitions sphere within the Commonwealth of Independent States region alongside with the world largest consulting companies according to the Financial Times;
  • since 2011 – OLYMPEX ADVISERS was included into the Legal 500 list;
  • since 2012 – OLYMPEX ADVISERS was included into the Chambers Global Guide;
  • since 2016 – OLYMPEX ADVISERS was included Chambers Asia Pacific Guide;
  • since 2013 – OLYMPEX ADVISERS was included into the IFLR 1000 international rating and etc.;
  • 2015-2017 – OLYMPEX ADVISERS was participated in the development of the “Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Subsoil and Subsoil Use” by order of the Ministry for Investment and Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  • 2016-2017 – OLYMPEX ADVISERS was participated in the development of the Tax Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
  • 2018 – OLYMPEX ADVISERS was participated in the development of legal acts within the framework of the “Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Subsoil and Subsoil Use”, etc.


Session Sponsor

GRATA International

GRATA International law firm was founded in 1992.

Today our clients have 250 professionals in 20 countries at their disposal. GRATA International is a global team representing different countries that has legal advising experience in all areas of law.

GRATA International provides legal services across Kazakhstan. The firm has offices in Baku, Bishkek, Dushanbe, Moscow and Tashkent, country desks in Ashgabat and Minsk, and associate offices in Chisinau, Istanbul, Kyiv, Novosibirsk, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Saint Petersburg, Poland, Prague, Riga, Tbilisi, Ulaanbaatar and Zurich.

In addition to our offices, our firm has representatives in London, New York, Beijing, Kazan.

We offer our clients an access to the entire network of our diverse team that has extensive legal experience and knowledge of local business environment in any country of our presence.

GRATA International has been recognised by leading international ratings: The Legal 500, Chambers Global, Chambers Asia-Pacific, IFLR1000, Who’s Who Legal, Asialaw Profiles.


Badge Sponsor



develops and implements complete K-MINE-bsed software solutions for mining industry.
We work on the market of IT-solutions for mining operations over 25 years.

We have over 600 partners in countries all over the world, and more than 5000 successful implementations of K-MINE software.

Today, K-MINE is an up-to-date software system that covers all the mining production stages. It helps to complete tasks from three-dimensional modeling of mining fields through reserves valuation to management and work planning of mining equipment in open-pit cuts and mines. K-MINE offers a variety of computer-based modules working on the single shared platform.

K-MINE is the most budget- and user-friendly complete solution in the world market. Our customers choose K-MINE to boost their productivity, to increase profits, and to make ultimate solutions.

K-MINE is extensively used in mining, industry safety, ecology, and building industry. Mining engineers, land and mining surveyors, geologists


Mobile App Sponsor


LLC “Adji-Service” has been operating since 1998 throughout Kyrgyzstan and has all the relevant licenses for work related to the handling of explosive materials.

The company has established itself as a responsible and serious business partner, maintaining an irreproachable reputation from day to day.

The company provides the full range of services in drilling and blasting operations, has modern equipment and advanced technologies, which allows it to carry out works at the most modern level, providing the highest degree of safety and efficiency, while respecting all established GOSTs and other standards.

For the production of mass explosions, the company uses only high-quality explosives and EE. Verified EM, availability of special equipment, qualified specialists all this makes our company a leader in the market of drilling and blasting operations.


MineTech University sponsor