VV Minerals, the first Indian private Ilmenite exporter, is now present across Europe, Middle East, East Asia, Australia and the USA.
VV Mineral Vaikundarajan, Director, said in an interview, “We are proud to be the largest producer of Garnet in the world, the first private producer of minerals like Zircon, Ilmenite, Rutile, Sillimanite and Leucoxene.”
VV Minerals is the largest heavy mineral exporter in India. It was awarded ISO 9001:2008, 14001:2008 ,OHSAS 18001 certificate (IMS) by TUV – Germany.
Along with Ilmenite and Garnet, minerals like Zircon, Rutile, Sillimanite and Leucoxene form an output of 700000 metric tonnes for VV Minerals annually. The company apparently has a happy customer base too, which ensures stability. It has won numerous awards and recognition from various government and non-government agencies. V.V. Minerals products have never faced a rejection which obviously is a great proof of quality.
As per Mines and Minerals Act of 1957, the beaches of Orissa Sand Complex, Manavalakurichi in Kanyakumari District of Tamil Nadu, have been identified as the main monazite bearing area in India.
Over 2.1 million tons of monazite is said to have been processed from the beaches of India since 2014. VV Minerals India has been largely accused of illegal mining in the area without any substantial evidence. The founder of the company, S Vaikundarajan, stated that the company has operated within the legal boundaries and has not engagement in illegal beach mining.
Recent reports have suggested that thorium has been depleting from the coast of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, world’s largest reserve of thorium. Rumors that thorium has been illegally exported along with sand has been doing the rounds. However, no evidence has been put forth to affirm the same.
Subramanian Swamy, Chairman ACACI (Action Committee against Corruption in India), said in an interview “All sorts of private companies are operating in these areas. After the Indo-US nuclear deal, the government seems to have forgotten about building our indigenous thorium technologies.”
The highest stakeholder of the mining business in these areas has been unjustly targeted and linked to the illegal mining. Chamiman and founder of VV Minerals India, addressed these allegations, “We have established a mineral separation plant and approached the AERB for a license, which is awaited. On the other hand, there are players in the industry who don’t even bother about the regulations but have escaped such allegations owing to their political contacts.”
He further states that VV Mineral has always been mining under state regulations and concerned departments have been careless to release baseless statements in public.
VV Minerals is known for extracting and exporting garnet and ilmenite to over 20 countries. It has won several national awards for its contribution to the export business of the country.