Valery Budny: There is no strategy and legislation in Russia enabling the full cycle processing of precious raw materials within the country

Valery Budny, Head of the Jewelry Russia program and CEO of the JUNWEX media holding, told Rough&Polished about the results of the meeting and pressing issues in the precious metals and precious stones (PMPS) and the jewelry sectors.


Paul Zimnisky: Natural diamonds face the risk of eroding their appeal if constantly discounted

New York-based independent diamond and jewellery analyst and consultant Paul Zimnisky told Rough & Polished’s Mathew Nyaungwa in an exclusive interview that the industry should do away with discounts. He said the industry should treat natural diamonds...

01 april 2024

Edahn Golan: Lab-grown diamond prices to continue declining

In an exclusive interview with Rough&Polished's Mathew Nyaungwa, Edahn Golan, proprietor of the eponymous Edahn Golan Diamond Research and Data, predicted that the prices of lab-grown diamonds would continue to decline, especially at the retail and...

25 march 2024

ADPA’s Ellah Muchemwa: G7 restrictions to bring extra costs from diamond mining to retail

The African Diamond Producers Association (ADPA), which has openly registered its disdain for the G7’s rough diamond trade restrictions, is of the opinion that the move will bring extra costs on all stages, from mining to retail. ADPA executive...

18 march 2024

Eduard Gorodetsky: Currently we see high demand for synthetic diamonds for use in technology segment rather than in jewelry

Director General of the Advanced Synthetic Research Center Eduard Gorodetsky told Rough&Polished about the current situation at the company, new exclusive technologies in the synthesis and production of lab-grown crystals, as well as the Research Center’s...

11 march 2024

Norilsk Nickel and VK agreed to cooperate in the development of information technologies for the industry

19 june 2023
Norilsk Nickel and VK signed an agreement on cooperation in the development of IT solutions for the metallurgical business.
The document, signed at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, provides for the cooperation in cloud computing and IT infrastructure virtualization, the development of multifunctional platforms and portals, tools for managing the big data and artificial intelligence technologies. The agreement was signed by Dmitry Pristanskov, State Secretary, Vice President for Relations with Authorities and Management of the Mining and Metallurgical Company, and Pavel Gontarev, CEO of VK Tech.

A separate vector of Norilsk Nickel’s partnership with VK is working with services for the interaction of employees of a metallurgical company, as well as for secure corporate communications and career development. The companies plan to develop IoT (Internet of Things) technologies and industry-specific geoinformation services.

“Digitalization for the metallurgical industry and Norilsk Nickel, in particular, has long been an integral part of the key business processes. A huge number of operations have been digitalized at Norilsk Nickel, from office work to planning the mining operations and metallurgical processing, logistics and sales. After the departure of foreign IT solution providers, we have rebuilt our digital landscape and keep on working actively in this direction. There are many examples of technological leadership in Russia in various fields. Norilsk Nickel is open to cooperation and joint projects with other companies. I am sure that by pooling resources and capabilities, we will be able to strengthen and consolidate this leadership,” commented Dmitry Pristanskov.

“Based on our own development and the services of local partners, we create solutions that help businesses rebuild and develop entire industries. We believe that our technological solutions can be the basis of the industry platforms that create the basis for partnerships between industry players. I am sure that together with Norilsk Nickel we will be able to create the best practices in the field of using the technologies for the development of the industry,” commented Pavel Gontarev, CEO of VK Tech.