Copper granulate, a snap ring from a Polish Himalayan expedition - a unique souvenir to mark the end of KGHM's jubilee
Friday, 17 December, 2021
The samples of copper and silver granules, salt crystal and a carabiner from KGHM’s honorary Ambassador of Poland, Andrzej Bargiel, were placed in the KGHM Time Capsule. The company has prepared a unique memento for future generations at the site of the discovery of the copper deposits, in the 1950s.
The Time Capsule was filled with miniature cathodes and anodes from the metallurgical plants of KGHM, a piece of copper ore, a salt crystal from the Polkowice-Sieroszowice mine and copper concentrate from the Ore Enrichment Plants. There is also a miniature of the truck that travelled around Poland with the multimedia exhibition on KGHM, and tickets for the jubilee concert in Lubin.
In addition to mementos from KGHM’s Divisions, the capsule contains unique gifts such as a carabiner from Andrzej Bargiel's expedition. The ski-alpinist, known for his extreme achievements, became an honorary Polish Ambassador in a plebiscite organised by KGHM. The carabiner helped the himalayist climb to the until-then-unreached summit of Yawash Sar II in Pakistan in 2021. This Pole made it as the first man in history to do so and then skied down to the base of the mountain.
"The time capsule is embedded in the most important place for the Copper Belt. In Sieroszowice, where the Polish copper deposits were discovered and where the history of KGHM began. We are showing future generations what was important to us and what we lived for in 2021," said Marcin Chludziński, President of the Management Board of KGHM Polska Miedź S.A.
Items reminiscent of the pandemic, such as covid passport cases given to company employees, also found a place in the capsule.
2021 is the jubilee year of KGHM, which over 60 years has become a world leader in the mining industry. The company celebrated while observing sanitary strictures. Among others, murals related to the Divisions of KGHM were created for the employees and people of the region. For several months a special truck with a multimedia exhibition on the copper industry travelled around Poland.
Pictures of the objects and the contents of the Time Capsule will also be available in the #naMIEDZI mobile app.
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