21 May ‘19

MMK representative recognised as one of best procurement directors in Russia

This is the second year in a row that the rating of procurement directors has been compiled, organised by the 'Association of Procurement Directors' and the rating agency RAEX (RAEX-Analytics). The list includes the heads of procurement departments of companies with annual revenues in 2016 - 2018 exceeding RUB 5 billion. This year, Pavel Vasev entered the Top 30 Best Directors.

This is not the first time that MMK's procurement activities have been highly rated by experts. On several occasions in the past, the Company has won the annual all-Russian competition for 'Leader of Competitive Purchases'. In particular, last year the Company was awarded this prize for the best project for modernisation of business processes in procurement. Under the project, the supply system at MMK underwent fundamental organisational and structural changes and a new categorical approach to the supplier selection process was successfully introduced.

One of the innovations introduced this year was categorical strategies for so-called 'small purchases': this includes procurement of hardware, tools, pipe fittings, construction materials, electrical equipment, stationery, household goods, household appliances through catalogues of major manufacturers or online stores of integrated suppliers. The aim of the new approach is for contracts with selected suppliers to be concluded in advance. The shop chooses products directly from their existing vendor, and then, immediately submit an application for supply. This scheme eliminates the need for additional approvals, significantly reducing the transaction load and speeding up the procurement process. Thanks to the categorical approach, the total number of tenders for electrical equipment, IT equipment and instrumentation decreased from 1,437 in 2017 to 1,308 last year. The forecast for 2019 is for no more than 450 tenders which will give a three-fold decline over three years.

This approach not only saves time, but also financial resources, because suppliers are also more comfortable working with pre-approved product items and are willing to provide discounts.

About MMK
MMK is one of the world's largest steel producers and a leading Russian metals company. The company's operations in Russia include a large steel-producing unit encompassing the entire production chain, from the preparation of iron ore to downstream processing of rolled steel. MMK turns out a broad range of steel products with a predominant share of high-value-added products. In 2018, the company produced 12.7 mln tonnes of crude steel and 11.7 mln tonnes of commercial steel products. MMK Group had sales in 2018 of USD 8,214 mln and EBITDA of USD 2,418 mln.

Investor contacts:
Andrey Serov
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E-mail: serov.ae@mmk.ru

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Dmitry Bulin
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