Mechel Ups Sales of Railway ProductsMoscow, Russia – 28 May 2020 – Mechel PAO (MOEX: MTLR, NYSE: MTL), one of the leading Russian mining and metals companies, reports increased sales of rails and sections for wagon building over the first four months of 2020.
Over these months, Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant has shipped 3.5 times more rails year-on-year, with sales totaling 145,000 tonnes. Rail exports have more than doubled during this period. The plant has also signed its first contract with Georgian Railways and began shipping, as well as signed yet another contract with Belarus Railways. Customers of the plant’s rails also include projects of Russia’s Defense Ministry and several Russian steelmakers. Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant also signed a contract with Uzbekistan Railways for Z-sections which are used in wagon building.
So far in 2020 Izhstal supplied the Moscow Metro with some 5.400 tonnes of conductor rails used for construction and modernization of the Russian capital’s underground transit system. In 2019, Izhstal shipped nearly 6,000 tonnes of conductor rails. Apart from Moscow, other Russian cities that are either constructing or repairing their metro systems — such as Kazan and Saint-Petersburg — voiced their interest in the plant’s output. In May, the plant received a certificate of compliance for its conductor rails from the voluntary wagon building product certification agency.
“Our facilities continue to increase output and sales of railway products and develop exports even as the pandemic forced economic activity into a recession. This is proof of our products’ high quality and market demand,” Mechel PAO’s Chief Executive Officer Oleg Korzhov noted.
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Mechel is an international mining and steel company. Its products are marketed in Europe, Asia, North and South America, Africa. Mechel unites producers of coal, iron ore concentrate, steel, rolled products, ferroalloys, heat and electric power. All of its enterprises work in a single production chain, from raw materials to high value-added products.
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