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IZ-KARTEX became the winner of the contest "Best innovative product".

The competition is held by the Committee on industrial policy and innovation of St. Petersburg. The award was established to promote innovative activities in the city, the extension of traditional and creation of new markets for innovative products of subjects of industrial activity, creating high-tech jobs and further development of industrial production in St. Petersburg. The winners will receive diplomas and cash prizes.

The competition is held in four nominations. IZ-KARTEX was the winner in the nomination "Best innovative product in mechanical engineering and power industry" with the excavator EKG-20KM.

Excavator EKG-20KM is a modified model of EKG-18R/20K, which are successfully used at coal mines in Kuzbass and gold mining company in Uzbekistan - Navoi MMC. Excavator EKG-20KM is designed for heavy mining and geological conditions of iron ore quarries. The payload in the bucket of the excavator EKG-20KM in comparison of EKG-18R/20K is bigger by 25% (50 tons). That is achieved through the application of drive pressure, new lifting design and increased power. Excavator EKG-20KM is equipped with energy-efficient AC electric drive, which ensures high efficiency and maintainability of equipment, which ultimately increases the reliability of the excavator as a whole.

The award ceremony took place on 21 September in the framework of the IX St. Petersburg International Innovation forum. Awards to winners were presented by Vice-Governor of St. Petersburg Sergey Movchan.