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Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant certifies two types of heat-strengthened rails for European market

Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant (ChMK PAO, part of Mechel Group, MOEX: CHMK) confirmed production of its 60E1 and 60E2 heat-strengthened rails compliance with Europes TSI technical requirements. These certificates enable the plant to market these rails in the European Union.

Certificates were granted to two types of heat-strengthened rails, 60E1 and 60E2, from the R350HT steel grade, which are used for construction of public railways. Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant’s universal rolling mill mastered production of these rail types specifically for the European market. The rolls undergo heat treatment at the unique line of rail tempering in polymer solution, which has no analogues in Russia.

Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant’s rail production was audited by the leading international testing and certification expert, TUV NORD. During the certification process, the company’s experts became convinced that the plant has all the necessary resources to produce high-quality heat-strengthened rails. Auditors examined the plant’s production facilities, quality management system, production organization and control. The plant’s product samples were tested in an accredited lab. Test results confirmed the rails’ full compliance with European norms on all counts, including fatigue life, crack resistance and other mechanical properties and geometrics.

The plant has earlier earned a certificate of compliance with Europe’s TSI requirements for its non-heat strengthened rails of the same section profiles, which are mostly used for production of track switches and other auxiliary elements for European railroads.

“Certification of heat-strengthened rails as compliant with European norms is yet another step forward in expanding Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant’s sales geography. The plant already holds several current certificates for its universal rolling mill’s structural rolls and successfully sells its beams and non-heat-strengthened rails to European customers,” Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant PAO’s Managing Director Anatoly Schetinin noted.


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