'Constructive mining' in the mining industry?
14 January 2014

When it comes to the initiation of mining projects in Europe and elsewhere, more and more communities are rejecting licences to operate in the absence of a clear demonstration of the short-, medium- and long-term benefits of a project both for them and their surroundings.

UK-based Ortac Resources Ltd.  and their sustainability support partner astoneco management are bringing to the mining industry’s attention the case for ‘constructive mining’ in Central Slovakia. The article “Sturecland initiative: mining constructively” published in the leading industry magazine Mining, People and the Environment discusses a current case where the mining machine would be used to contribute to the capital costs of a green energy-based tourism development project, in line with local development needs.

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Our new Training Center in Transylvania
07 October 2013

The astoneco training centre in Transylvania has been fully refurbished this summer. Situated in a rural area between the Retezat National Park and the Apuseni Mountains, 10 minutes from the main Vienna to Bucharest railway line, the training centre offers a quiet and inspiring retreat dedicated to smart business trainings and team coaching.


The training centre facilities include meeting and workshop spaces with access to computers and Wi-fi and nearby accommodation in the house annex (6 rooms) and in the local 4-star pension Villa Maria. Nature trails, sport areas, a private pool and barbecue area offer plenty of options for relaxation, exercise and teambuilding – a good environment to enable fresh ideas and acquire news skills for smarter business.

The training centre is accessible by car, a 20-minute drive from the town of Deva. Access is also available by plane (a couple of hours drive from Targu Mures, Sibiu, Cluj or Timisoara airports), or by train (direct route from Vienna, Budapest and Bucharest to Simeria, 10mins by car from the centre).

Address: Banpotoc, no. 60, Hunedoara County, Romania

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