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SMS group to deliver continuous galvanizing line to MMK

The Russian steel producer Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works (MMK) and the SMS group concluded a contract for the supply of equipment for a new continuous galvanizing line. The production capacity of the new plant is more than 360,000 tons per year.

The contract amounts to EUR 25 million and the first coil of galvanized steel is expected to be rolled in just two years. According to the contract, the German SMS group will not only supply the required equipment, spare parts, and technical documentation to OJSC MMK, but will also render training and programming services, will supervise the erection, and prepare the plant for commissioning.

Plant specifications

The continuous galvanizing line will be arranged on site at Strip Rolling Plant #11, which accommodates the state-of-the-art cold rolling complex of OJSC MMK (Cold Mill 2000). The plant is designed to output cold-rolled hot-dip galvanized products for the construction industry. With this plant, the MMK production capacity of galvanized rolled products will increase by over 20 %. On top of this, an additional 70 working places for technological and maintenance personnel are planned.

Contracting partners

The contract was signed by Director General of OJSC MMK, Mr. Pavel Shilyaev, Member of the Board of SMS group Mr. Dieter Rosenthal, and Executive Vice President of SMS group Mr. Meinhard Remberg.

In his comments on signing of this contract, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of OJSC MMK, Mr. Viktor Rashnikov, noted that the new project should be relevant from the point of view of import replacement policy, as the present Russian market of galvanized rolled products depends by almost 25 % on imports (with a market capacity of 3.3 million tons, the amount of imported steel makes up 0.8 million tons). “Besides, this project will be implemented in line with MMK’s strategic objectives to increase the output of deep processing products with higher added value,” underlined Mr. Rashnikov.

As was stated by the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of SMS group, Dr. Heinrich Weiss, the new contract will mark another page in the history of fruitful cooperation between his company and Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works, which has lasted for more than 80 years.

(Source: Magnitogorsk Iron & Steel Works)

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