Monday, August 21, 2017

Artinsky plant's vanadium tools catch eye of Australian farmers

Representatives from Yekaterinburg's Artinsky metallurgical plant have reported that it has begun shipping industrial-strength agricultural tools to farmers in Australia.

Artinsky is the only metallurgical company in Russia which produces braids, a hand-held tool made of vanadium that is used for haymaking and soil management. Artinsky's braids caught the attention of the Australian agricultural community last week after news of the upcoming International Haymaking Tournament began circulating across the world, ITAR-TASS reports.

"They read translated into English and published them for information about this event and are interested in braids that Artinsky plant did for northerners," Artinsky spokersperson Sergei Shevaldin said, according to ITAR-TASS. "According to them, they have sandy soil and the grass is very rough. Braids they use now [are] deteriorating rapidly. So they entered into correspondence with the plant."

Artinsky began producing vanadium braids in its Yakutia plant in the 1980s. Since then, it has become one of the plant's top-selling items.

"Increased strength braids took because forage is severe climatic conditions and the grass in those parts very tough," a spokesperson from the International Haymaking Tournament said, ITAR-TASS reports. "Vanadium alloy tool gave increased strength and extraordinary durability of the cutting part."

The fourth annual International Haymaking Tournament will be held July 12 in Artyah, a small village 100 miles outside of Yekaterinburg. Fifty teams comprised of 40 men and 26 women are expected to participate in this year's event.