MOSCOW, Dec. 04, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mechel PAO (MOEX: MTLR, NYSE: MTL), one of the leading Russian mining and metals companies, launching a new facility for output of import-substituting multi-strand steel ropes at Beloretsk Metallurgical Plant.
The Republic of Bashkortostan’s acting Head Radiy Khabirov, Director of Russia’s Industry and Trade Ministry’s Metallurgy and Materials Department Pavel Servatinsky, First Deputy Director of Russia’s Industrial Development Fund Andrei Manoilo, Chairman of Mechel PAO’s Board of Directors Igor Zyuzin, Mechel PAO’s Chief Executive Officer Oleg Korzhov and Beloretsk Metallurgical Plant’s Chief Executive Officer Viktor Kamelin attended the ceremony.
Equipment produced by Germany’s Sket Verseilmaschinenbau GmbH enables stranding 6-12 strand ropes up to 90 mm in diameter, while an extruder made by Austria’s Rosendahl may coat with polymer both separate strands and the rope as a whole. Plastic protects the ropes from external and internal abrasions, decreases the impact of impact loading and contact stress, shields them from aggressive environments and difficult climatic conditions and ensures a longer life for both the rope and other expensive parts. Polymer-coated ropes will replace their imported counterparts in mining and oil industries as well as engineering, bridge construction and shipbuilding.
Beloretsk Metallurgical Plant began implementing the project on producing import-substituting ropes in 2015. The project cost a total of some 511 million rubles. In 2016, the plant was granted a concessionary loan from Russia’s Industrial Development Fund for over 255 million rubles. The plant supplied the remaining half of required funding. In 2017 the project was listed among the Republic of Bashkortostan’s priority projects.
The facility’s annual capacity is 15,000 tonnes. Its launch has created 68 new highly productive jobs.
“This new facility will help improve labor efficiency, create new highly qualified jobs, increase the volume of wire ropes on the domestic market and, in the future, foreign markets as well. Launching a modern facility for producing a wide range of quality wire products creates an opportunity for replacing imported analogues in mining and oil industries as well as bridge construction and shipbuilding. Throughout its history, Beloretsk Metallurgical Plant has been a pioneer in developing and implementing innovative technologies in hardware production,” Russia’s Industry and Trade Minister Dmitry Manturov said in an address that was read at the ceremony by Director of Russia’s Industry and Trade Ministry’s Metallurgy and Materials Department Pavel Servatinsky.
“Both in our country and our republic in particular it is not often that we launch major industrial facilities. This is a great and happy event for us. This project has won the Industrial Development Fund’s support, and that gives us reason and hope to believe it will be the first of many. Today our colleagues joined forces with Beloretsk Metallurgical Plant in preparing an even bigger project of over 1 billion rubles for the plant’s development. This means not only the plant’s upgrade and transfer to best available technologies, but also more jobs, better salaries, improvement of social status and an overall increased stability of our republic’s economy. I wish the plant’s staff luck and prosperity,” the Republic of Bashkortostan’s acting Head Radiy Khabirov said.
“In 2016, the Industrial Development Fund has granted Beloretsk Metallurgical Plant a concessionary loan of 255 million rubles as part of the Development Projects program. We lent our support to the Beloretsk project as it is import substituting and creates a product that has not been manufactured in our country before. Moreover, our borrower’s products are much cheaper than their foreign counterparts and will be in demand in various industries,” Russia’s Industrial Development Fund’s Director Roman Petrutsa said.
“We developed this project prompted by the intense need of our clients — mining companies — for domestic counterparts of imported multi-strand ropes, including polymer-coated ones. We are grateful to the Industrial Development Fund for their support. Granting us this loan was proof of the state’s trust in both our plant and the company as a whole,” Mechel PAO’s Chief Executive Officer Oleg Korzhov noted.
“We have successfully tested polymer-coated ropes on excavators at our own mining facilities. They showed that Beloretsk Metallurgical Plant’s new ropes can hold their own against foreign analogues while their price is more attractive,” Beloretsk Metallurgical Plant’s Chief Executive Officer Viktor Kamelin summarized.
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