Mechel’s Rolling Mill at Chelyabinsk Wins Best Import Substitution Project Award from Russian Industrialist and Entrepreneur Union
The winners of the Russian Business Leaders: Dynamics and Responsibility 2016 contest were awarded as part of RSPP’s Russian Business Week.
Mechel presented at the contest its Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant’s universal rolling mill, a unique project for Russian steelmaking. It is the first such industrial complex to be built in Russia. Investment in the project, including its steelmaking and rolling facilities, totaled over 900 million US dollars.
The mill’s products are primarily aimed at the domestic market and implementation of the federal import substitution program. The universal rolling mill produces rails up to 100 meters in length and structural shapes. The mill’s annual capacity is 1.1 million tonnes of steel products. The mill uses international state-of-the-art technologies for rolling, tempering, correction, processing and quality control. The rails are tempered in organic polymer, which is a unique technology for Russia and lends the products high durability, wear resistance and endurance limit.
The universal rolling mill’s capacity enables it to fully meet Russian Railways’ needs for rails that are up to the highest international standards and rules out the need to acquire foreign-produced analogues. The mill also supplies Russian machine-building and construction industries with high-quality beams for competitive prices. In 2016 Mechel sold 304,000 tonnes of rails, including 270,000 tonnes shipped to Russian Railways, and Mechel plans to increase supplies to Russian Railways by 20-25% this year.
“We are glad that our work won high expert approval from the professional community. This award is really hard earned. The work of Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant’s universal rolling mill is important not only to Mechel, but to Russian economy as a whole. The mill’s products reduce Russian Railways’ and the construction industry’s dependence on volatile currency rates as they implement major investment programs,” Mechel PAO’s Chief Executive Officer Oleg Korzhov noted.
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