5 September 2019
As part of its “Made in Mongolia” procurement strategy, Oyu Tolgoi LLC signed MNT 2.7 billion leather safety boots supply contract with Khos-Az LLC, a national shoe factory. The three-year contract sets out framework for supplying 5,000 pairs of safety boots, which complies with the international “S3” standard, to the Oyu Tolgoi mine site. Mr Arnaud Soirat, Chief Executive of Copper and Diamonds Rio Tinto, attended the contract signing ceremony with Khos-Az LLC.
With the capacity of producing 100,000 pairs of shoes a year with 80 employees, Khos-Az will manufacture first ever internationally accepted safety boots in Mongolia while shortening the lead time and increasing the value-add in country further.
Oyu Tolgoi miners are now able to wear domestically manufactured safety boots following intensive multiple tests and trials to ensure international standards are met. The previous safety boots used at the mine site caused inconveniences when employees go through the full-body scanners at the airport due to metal toe protections. Thus, Mongolian engineers at Khos-Az were able to create new safety boots with high-quality plastic toe protection, making them lighter and more comfortable.
“We are delighted to win an open tendering as part of the ‘Made in Mongolia’ strategy, implemented by Oyu Tolgoi and supplying leather safety boots made out of Mongolian cow skin with the help of the skills of Mongolians while ensuring international standards. With this strategy, I hope that many products will be produced in Mongolia and eventually find their way to the international market,” said Mr Zorigt, General Director of Khos-Az LLC.
About Oyu Tolgoi LLC (www.ot.mn)
Oyu Tolgoi LLC, Mongolia's largest copper and gold mining company, is a strategic partnership between the Government of Mongolia, Turquoise Hill Resources and Rio Tinto. Located in the South Gobi, Oyu Tolgoi commenced shipment of product to customers in July 2013. Oyu Tolgoi is managed by Rio Tinto, which is investing global expertise and cutting-edge technology to help develop Mongolia’s mining industry and ensure Oyu Tolgoi is one of the world’s most advanced mines. For Oyu Tolgoi, nothing matters more than safety. The business operates under the principle that if a job cannot be done safely, it will not be done at all.
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