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12 July 2013

NLMK automotive sheet meets international standards, BSI audit confirms

The Lipetsk site of the NLMK Group has once again successfully passed a recertification audit confirming compliance of its output with the international standard ISO/TS 16949:2009 ‘Quality Management Systems. Particular requirements for the application of ISO 9001:2008 for automotive production and relevant service part organizations’. British Standards Institution (BSI) experts examined the working documentation and technological processes that confirm metal quality testing at all stages of production. BSI endorsed the Novolipetsk quality management systems and acknowledged their compliance with international requirements for the manufacture of products intended for automotive industry. The fact that the Company conforms to these standards is down in large part to its state-of-the-art technology. The BSI certificate, valid for three years, covers the production of slabs, hot-rolled and cold-rolled flats of carbon and low-alloy steels in coils and sheets, including galvanized products for the automotive industry, and the development of new products. In 2004, Novolipetsk was the first Russian steelmaker to have its quality management system certified as compliant with the requirements of the ISO/TS 16949 International Standard. Subsequently, in 2007 and 2010, the Company successfully passed recertification audits. Novolipetsk supplies hot-rolled pickled, cold-rolled and galvanized flat steel to automotive industry companies for the manufacture of car body parts, including front parts that require steel of the highest quality, as well as wheels, etc. For reference: In 2012, The Lipetsk site of the NLMK Group supplied around 250,000 tonnes of products to automotive industry companies, including AvtoVAZ, Kamaz, GAZ Group, etc. NLMK’s share in flat steel supplies to Russian car makers amounts to 27%. NLMK Europe supplies over a third of flat steel output to automotive manufacturers, including leading European car makers.