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1 June 2006

Independent auditors confirmed compliance of NLMK’s quality management system with international standards

NLMK has passed recertification audit for compliance of its quality management system with the requirements of ISO-9001 : 2000 international standard, as well as compliance audit of the quality management system used for the production of hot rolled coils from carbon steel grades in accordance with the requirements of EC Directive – 97/23/EG and German Technical Rules - AD 2000 W.

Under audit procedure at NLMK’s steel production site in Lipetsk, the TUV CERT (Germany) experts have investigated all quality management system processes, workflow procedures and operating activities of production units and technical support services. The auditors have confirmed high level of NLMK’s technical development and managerial control, as well as the compliance of all elements of the quality management system with international requirements.

The compliance of the quality management system with ISO-9001: 2000 international standard proves the fact that all NLMK’s value chain business processes are organized in accordance with international requirements and best practices.