MMK LAUNCHES MILL 2000 - FIRST STAGE OF NEW COLD ROLLING COMPLEX
MMK’s total investments in the Mill 2000 project will reach approximately $1.5 bln. The company undertook the project in order to meet growing demand for high-quality cold-rolled steel, primarily from car makers. Mill 2000 utilizes the most advanced technologies being available in the industry today.
The first stage of Mill 2000, commissioned today, includes a continuous pickling line coupled with a tandem mill. The second stage of the complex, which will include a continuous hot-dip galvanizing unit, a continuous annealing unit and a coil inspection unit, is planned to be commissioned in July 2012. The Mill 2000 complex was shipped by the German machine building company SMS-DEMAG under the contract between MMK and SMS-DEMAG signed in July 2007.
The new cold-rolling facility (Rolling Workshop No. 11) is also equipped with a continuous turbulent pickling line linked to a five-stand cold-rolling mill with a capacity of 2.1 mtpa, a continuous hot galvanizing unit (450 ktpa), a combined annealing/hot-galvanizing unit (650 ktpa), a working roll grinding and texturing unit, a coil inspection and slitting line, as well as cold-worked and galvanized coil packaging lines. The gauge of finished products can range from 0.28-3.0 mm-thick and 850-1,880 mm-wide cold-rolled sheets in coils weighing up to 43.5 metric tons.
MMK Board of Directors Chairman Victor Rashnikov said: “The launch of Mill 2000 will enable MMK to increase the share of cold-rolled and hot galvanized products in the company’s product lineup. This will expand the range of products and provide MMK customers with high-quality rolled products, including high-resistance steel."
MMK is among the world's largest steel producers and is one of the leaders of Russia's steel industry. The company's operations in Russia include a large steel producing complex encompassing the entire production chain, from preparation of iron ore to downstream processing of rolled steel. MMK turns out a broad range of steel products with a predominant share of higher value added products. In 2010 MMK Group produced 11.4 mln tons of crude steel and 10.4 mln tons of commercial steel products. The MMK Group's revenue in 2010 totalled USD 7. 719 bln, with EBITDA at USD 1.606 bln, and the profit for the period at USD 232 mln.
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