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Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant First Sells Rails for Cosmodrome Reconstruction

Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant (ChMK PAO, part of Mechel Group, MOEX: CHMK) produced rails for reconstructing rail tracks at Baikonur and Plesetsk cosmodromes. The rails were shipped to Center for Operation of Space Ground Based Infrastructure (TsENKI), a subsidiary of Russias state space corporation Roscosmos.

The R65 rails are intended for repairs and laying of tracks used to transport launch rocket vehicles to the launching site. Approximately 1,000 tonnes of rails have been shipped to the cosmodromes, with more deliveries to be made in 2018. The rails were produced at Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant’s universal rolling mill using the technology of heat treatment in a polymer solution, which has no analogies in Russia and which ensures their high performance characteristics.

TsENKI is a key space industry company which focuses on setting up and maintaining space ground-based infrastructure and managing Russia’s spaceports.

“Throughout its history, Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant took an active part in implementing space programs. Before, the plant supplied specialty steels for making rocket and space equipment. Today our cooperation with the space industry continues in a new way — Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant’s products are used to revamp infrastructure,” Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant PAO’s Managing Director Anatoly Schetinin noted.


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