Sixty-five years ago, a team of geologists discovered a copper deposit in the fields near Sieroszowice that changed Lower Silesia and the whole country forever. This was carried out by a team of geologists led by Jan Wyżykowski. This is how the history of Polish copper began.
On March 23, 1957, geologist Jan Wyżykowski delivered four cores to the State Institute of Geology (PIG) from drilling near Sieroszowice. Studies have confirmed that the samples contain chalcocite, a primary copper sulfide.
“Since KGHM was founded, we have transported more than 1 billion 400 million tonnes of excavated material to the surface. We have turned the dreams of the copper power of a team of geologists into a great success. Thanks to the enormous commitment of generations of employees, KGHM is a globally recognized company”, said Marcin Chludziński, CEO of KGHM Polska Miedź S.A.
KGHM is currently active on four continents. He has the most important copper reserves in Poland, in the copper region. The company works with the prospect of further decades of mining. This is guaranteed by the Glogów Deep Industrial deposit. In addition, the KGHM recognises the concessions of Bytom Odrzański and Kulów-Luboszyce in Lubuskie Voivodeship.
The copper company is a world leader in the production of copper and silver. The capital group employs more than 34,000 people. The company invests in new technologies and innovative solutions. Last year, the Executive Board adopted a climate policy aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and achieving climate neutrality by 2050.
To return to history, the “Lubin under construction” mine was founded in 1960 and was converted into a copper mining and metallurgical company in 1961. 1991 Kombinat – was transformed into a state company and 25 years ago (July 10, 1997) KGHM debuted on the Warsaw Stock Exchange.
The celebration of the discovery of the copper deposit took place, as every year, at the Jan Wyżykowski Monument in Lubin. Binders and flowers were submitted by representatives of KGHM’s management and branches as well as by delegations from the companies of the capital group. There were also local self-governors, inhabitants of the Copper Region and activists of the Society of Friends “Jan Wyżykowski.”