I am one of the founders of GIR, which today includes 4 refractory plants, its own research center, 2 open pit mining of its own raw materials and a machine-building plant. Today the company employs 2000 people and supplies of our materials are carried out worldwide. In 2003, having a master's degree in finance, I started working as a financial director of one of our future plants (KDZ), however, in the process, I realized that I was experiencing a shortage of technical knowledge and had completed numerous courses and attended lectures at the Kiev Technical University on refractory technology and metallurgy.
From 2004 to 2019, I participated and was a speaker at numerous conferences and colloquiums on the technology of the use of refractory materials - Koksovnytstvo, Poland - 2005, 2006, 2007; INTEX Shanghai The "Shanghai Metallurgy Expo - 2008; Aachen Germany - 2018; EuroCoke summit 2019 in Amsterdam.
Having an economic and technical education, it became obvious to me the need to create a group of companies that would be able to meet the new market requirements, for which it is necessary to have our own research center, which we successfully launched and it works under my supervision. ( GIR Engineering). In the process of expanding our sales markets, we cooperate with large design institutes (GIPROKOKS Ukraine,KOKSOPROEKT Poland, Ukrainian Research Institute of Refractories named after Berezhnoy) and companies - general contractors in the construction of coke oven batteries, one such company is Concord Group (http://www.concordgroup.eu/) since 2008 to 2015 I was their official advisor on refractories.
Since 2011, we have received several patents for new refractory materials with an increased service life, and I participate in the development of dinas technology for coke-chemical batteries personally, and therefore I am one of the developers and owners of 2 patents. Factories of our company successfully delivered over 100 coke-oven batteries to such countries as Poland, Ukraine, Brazil, India, Russia, Finland, Turkey, Egypt, South Africa and others. In 2015, we opened a representative office in the United States - Milwaukee, and today we are working to expand the supply of our products in the North American market.