Specifically for the exposition, a single sample of the metallophone with unusual keys was created. Each key is made of non-ferrous metals, which are extracted in the Sverdlovsk Region: aluminum, copper, lead, brass and titanium. Names of the metals from the Mendeleev Periodic Table were put on the unusual musical instrument. Guests of the Center may play the instrument to hear the tonality of each metal. Notably, all metals in old Slavic used to be called "smida", which turned into a Russian word "med" (copper). The most famous and monumental "copper" object in the Sverdlovsk Region is the headquarters of Russian Copper Company in Ekaterinburg. The structure of the crystal lattice of copper atom inspired the design of the facade.
The Sverdlovsk Region accounts for 19% of the non-ferrous metals production in Russia. The region comprises 1/4 of world titanium and 1/3 of Russian copper production. The significant part of precious metals production in Russia is concentrated in the region.
From a technological perspective, non-ferrous metals industry of the Sverdlovsk Region comprises the following subsectors: heavy non-ferrous metals production, light non-ferrous metals production, producers of stainless and special steel grades.
The special metallurgical plants of the Sverdlovsk Region manufacture tungsten carbide powders and products made of precious and rare metals. The turnover of the export of non-ferrous metals in the Sverdlovsk Region is about RUB 130 billion.
The broad spectrum of ferroalloys is produced.
The State Reserves Register in the Sverdlovsk Region lists 21 deposits of various genetic types of copper ore. The total reserve of the category A+B+C1 is 3,840 thousand tons of copper and of the category C2 - 462 thousand tons. The basic raw materials of copper industry are copper-pyritic and copper-iron-vanadium deposits. Copper-pyritic deposits are characterized by high content of copper in the ore, usually of more than 3%. Its balance reserves are more than 1,800 thousand tons of copper (more than 40% of copper reserves in the Sverdlovsk Region).
Copper-iron-vanadium deposits are situated in the Volkovsk deposit. Its average copper content is 0.64%, but its reserve accounts for 42% of total reserves of the Sverdlovsk Region.
Experts note that significance of mining industry in the region will preserve, but the methods of non-ferrous metals mining will change. The specialists will focus their attention on new geologic and industrial types of deposits and technologies of mining.
The largest Russian non-ferrous metallurgical companies are located in the Sverdlovsk Region:
1. Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company (UMMC) is one of the largest producers of copper cathodes and provides about 40% of Russian production.
2. Russian Copper Company (RCC) is among largest Russian copper producers. RCC manages eight mining facilities, a hydrometallurgical plant, three metallurgical plants and a trade company. They operate across the complete production cycle, from mining and processing to production and sales. The company's facilities are capable of producing more than 220 thousand tons of copper cathodes and 235 thousand tons of copper rod per year.
3. VSMPO-AVISMA Corporation is the largest world titanium producer, operating across the complete technological cycle: from processing of raw materials to the release of finished products with high mechanical treatment. The corporation supplies its products to 50 world markets, is deeply integrated into the world aerospace industry and is a strategic supplier for many companies. Number of employees – 20 thousand people.
4. "Serov Ferroalloy Plant" JSC (production of ferroalloys);
5. "Kluchevsky Ferroalloy Plant" JSC (production of ferroalloys);
6. "Uralredmet" JSC (master alloys based on rare metals).