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13 May 2008

NLMK improves its slab quality

Novolipetsk Steel has commissioned a scarfing machine which procures the preparation of over 300,000 tonnes of slabs for rolling per year. This machine will contribute to ensuring a guaranteed high quality surface for NLMK’s flat products.

This facility, manufactured in Germany, is designed for the high-accuracy flame treatment of steel in automatic mode. Its technical capabilities will allow NLMK to meet customers’ requirements for slabs used in the production of special flat products, including exposed parts and heavy plates.

In order to reduce environmental impacts and improve working conditions for production personnel, the facility has been equipped with a new gas cleaning system.

The RUR300 million project has been implemented as part of the 2nd stage of NLMK’s Technical Upgrade Programme.

For reference:
The main objectives of the 2nd stage of NLMK’s Technical Upgrade Programme for 2007 – 2011 include:
- Increase crude steel output from 9 to 12.4 million tpa.
- 100% self-sufficiency in key raw materials.
- Higher finished flats output from 5 to 9.5 million tpa, as a result the refurbishment of NLMK’s existing rolling facilities and the acquisition of new rolling assets.
Total investments into the 2nd stage of NLMK’s Technical Upgrade Programme will exceed USD4.4 billion by 2011.