NLMK Group launches R&D Centre website
NLMK Group, a global steel company, has launched a website for its R&D Centre innovative steel products: rnd.nlmk.com.
The Internet platform presents information on the activities of the R&D centre in an interactive format. The site can be used to propose a project, request experience sharing, and take a virtual tour around our microstructural analysis laboratory with unique and high-precision equipment.
The site showcases how NLMK scientists and researchers create new high-tech products for the automotive, energy, construction, mechanical engineering and other sectors. Ongoing promising projects include self-repairing and anti-vandal coatings, premium thick plate resistant to hydrogen-induced cracking, steel used to manufacture the latest generation car body safety parts, and many other developments.
The main research laboratory base is located in Lipetsk, while the computational simulation center and coating laboratory are located in La Louvière (Belgium). The labs are equipped with advanced facilities that support many types of measurements in the field of microscopy and chemical analysis. For instance, a transmission electron microscope supports imaging of lattice atoms at 0.15 nm resolution. The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2017 was awarded to Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson for developing high-resolution cryo-electron microscopy using a similar microscope. The optical-emission spectrometer is able to quickly determine, for instance, the content of non-metallic inclusions. Quenching and deformation dilatometer makes it possible to simulate mechanical metal loads in real time mode. Simulation of continuous annealing processes is carried out on a Japanese CAS facility, the only one in Russia. The one-of-a-kind full cycle of smelting, hot and cold rolling, and heat treatment simulation, and microstructure and properties characterization carefully created by NLMK forms a solid basis for fundamental and applied research to create new materials to meet the most complex requirements of our customers.
There are currently over 40 units of equipment in the R&D Center fleet.
About NLMK Group
NLMK Group is the largest steelmaker in Russia and one of the most efficient in the world.
NLMK Group’s steel products are used in various industries, from construction and machine building to the manufacturing of power-generation equipment and offshore wind turbines.
NLMK operates production facilities in Russia, Europe and the United States. The Company’s steel production capacity exceeds 17 million tonnes per year.
NLMK has a highly competitive cash cost among global manufacturers and one of the highest profitability levels in the industry. The Company has investment grade credit ratings from S&P, Moody’s, Fitch, and Expert RA.
NLMK’s ordinary shares with a 20.7% free-float are traded on the Moscow Stock Exchange (ticker "NLMK") and its global depositary shares are traded on the London Stock Exchange (ticker "NLMK:LI"). The share capital of the Company is divided into 5,993,227,240 shares with a par value of RUB1. For more details on NLMK shareholder capital, please follow the link.
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