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Renovation of lifting equipment at Ilyich Iron and Steel works

28 March 2014

PJSC “Ilyich Iron and Steel Works of Mariupol” proceeds implementation of its program of technical rearmament - repairing and renovation of lifting equipment in key production facilities.

A 20 t grab crane has been assembled at the sinter plant’s ore and concentrate depot. The crane prepares and delivers charge material for production of sinter ore. The lifting unit was manufactured in Kharkov according to special agreement and the amount of the contract is  6 mln.hryvna. Reliability and safety of the new crane is improved due to utilization of updated electric drive system. The system ensures soft start of all gears. The operator works in comfortable conditions - the operators  closed cabin is equipped with a practical seat and conditioner.

The program of modernization of the lifting equipment was launched several years ago as it was necessary to replace out-worn and old machines. Today, 12 grab cranes operate at the depot and 9 cranes have been already replaced. Crane repairing continues at other steel-making and rolling facilities. 

Repairing of the stripping crane №3 has been completed at the ingot stripping compartment of the train preparation facility. Fettling of the driving platform and replacement of the trolley cradle on the crane № 871 at the rolling mill “1700” is being made. The pouring crane at the open-hearth shop receives a new main hoisting cylinder. Operation of the grab loader № 2 at the sinter plant is stopped due to gripper repair.

Operating correctly stripping cranes provide the casting of open-hearth and converter heats and also the heats intended to the “Azovstal Iron and Steel Works” (ingots K-13 for rail-tracks producing).

“The condition of weight lifting equipment set the pace for our work. The amounts of production depend on it`s operability in some measure: it is impossible to provide the blast-furnace shop with raw materials, to carry out steel casting or the rolled metal products shipping without cranes. That’s why we`ll be actively renovating and modernizing the crane park,” – said Yurij Zinchenko, the General Director of PJSC “Ilyich Iron and Steel Works of Mariupol”.

The course for the modernization of Mariupol metallurgical Works was also approved by the General Director of Metinvest Group Yurij Ry’zhenkov in the course of recent meeting with the Mariupol community.

“The modernization of production facilities is the main task. During a five-year plan we must fundamentally reconstruct Ilyich and Azovstal Iron and Steel Works. We are ready to invest the modernization programs because we understand – this is the basis for high productivity and production ecological properties on our metallurgical Works. Finally – this is the basis for the several thousands workers and the citizens welfare. We are trying not to trick Mariupol citizens maximum and even in critical times we find money for modernization. We want that every Mariupol citizen could feel the results of our efforts on the production modernization – at his working place and totally in the improvement of the life quality in the city,” – said Yurij Ryzhenkov. 

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PJSC «Ilyich Iron and Steel Works of Mariupol» is one of the greatest enterprises in Ukraine with full metallurgical cycle. The Works produces pipes and flat rolled products of carbon, low-alloy and alloy steels for different applications: hot-rolled plates and sheets intended for the production of pipes for main pipelines, ships, pressure vessels, bridge constructions, other metal constructions for critical application; hot-rolled plates, sheets and strips including pickled; cold-rolled, including galvanized, bands, sheets and strips, including for cold stamping, flooring and others.

METINVEST is an international vertical-integrated mining-and-metallurgical Group of companies, which runs assets in every link of production chain for creation of value from iron-ore and coal mining tol semi-finished and finished metal products manufacture. The structure of the Group comprises mining and metallurgical enterprises in Ukraine, Europe and USA, and sales network covering the key world markets. METINVEST GROUP consists of Metallurgical and Mining Divisions. According to the strategical vision of the Group its aim is to become lead European vertical-integrated steel producer with stable ratio of growth and cost effectiveness in spite of market cyclicity, and to ensure investment return higher than industrial standards. In a period of the nine months before 30th of September 2013 the Group has received US$9,8 milliards of sale proceeds, cost effectiveness by EBITDA was 18%.

The main shareholders of METINVEST B.V. company (Holding company of METINVEST GROUP) are SСM GROUP (71,25%) and SMART GROUP (23,75%), which control Group at partnership relations.  

 METINVEST HOLDING LLC is the managing company of METINVEST GROUP.