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Photo 7749

Formal contracts selling two of Korea's biggest industrial plants, the Mungyong Cement Plant and Inchon Flat Glass Plant both of which were built with United Nations Korean Reconstruction Agency (UNKRA) aid funds, to two private companies were signed in Seoul on 30 April 1959 by the Republic of Korea Government and representatives of the companies. The Mungyong Cement Plant, now Korea's largest cement manufacturer, was constructed at a total cost of $9million in foreign exchange provided by UNKRA and 2,300,000,000 hwan in local currency, while the Inchon Flat Glass Plant, the only one in Korea, cost $3.2 million and 700,000,000 hwan. Shown affixing his seal to the Mungyong Cement Plant sale contract is ROK Minister of Commerce and Industry, Yong Su Koo. Seated from left to right are Mr. Chong Rim Lee, President of the Korea Cement Manufacturing Company, new owner of the plant, Mr. Young Chan Kim, Governor of the Korean Reconstruction Bank, Minister Koo, and Brig. Gen. H. E. Eastwood, USA (Ret.) UNKRA Administrator. Standing from left to right are two officials of the Korea Cement Manufacturing Company, Mr. Murray Gray, UNKRA Legal and Contract Officer, Vice Minister of Commerce and Industry Ui Chang Kim, Mr. Tai Jin Pak of the Korean Reconstruction Bank and Mr. C. H. Perry, UNKRA Executive Officer. Mr. Tai Sup Choi, President of the Hankuk Glass Industry Company signed the contract for the Inchon Flat Glass Plant.

Photo 7655

Aerial view of the Inchon Flat Glass Plant. Also built through the United Nations Korean Reconstruction Agency (UNKRA) aid program, this plant produced its first glass in October 1957, is now turning out flat glass at an annual rate of over 12,000,000 square feet. In addition, it manufactures wire-reinforced and figured glass.

Photo 7334

Mungyong Cement Plant, the largest manufacturing plant in operation constructed in the Republic of Korea since the Korean War, is producing more than 200,000 metric tons of cement a year. Built as part of the $128 million United Nations Korean Reconstruction Agency (UNKRA) economic aid program to Korea it started production in September 1957.

Photo 7713

The heart of the flake graphite extracting and concentrating process is the flotation cells. Air combined with flotation reagents in the cells form a froth. The graphite flakes, which are held by the froth, are swept mechanically into a trough which them carries them on to additional concentrating and, finally, drying operations.

Photo 7696

The Shiheung Crystalline Graphite Mill has a well-equipped analytical and ore dressing laboratory. Here, Mr. Un Hong Cha of the laboratory staff and Mr. L. G. Nonini, an American mining engineer engaged by United Nations Korean Reconstruction Agency (UNKRA) as advisor to the mill for the initial operational period, carry out an ore dressing test using a small-scale flotation cell.

Photo 7701

Large-scale production of quality-grade flake crystalline graphite with a carbon content ranging between 87 and 90 percent started in the Republic of Korea in January 1959 at this modern new mill. The mill was built jointly by the United Nations Korean Reconstruction Agency (UNKRA), The Republic of Korea Government and the Shiheung Crystalline Graphite Mining Company of Seoul, which is the end user. Raw ore for the mill is now being mined from surface deposits which covered the hill on the left. The buildings to the right of the picture belong to a small, out-moded mill which turned out a low-grade product.

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