Metalloinvest and OMK Improve Wheel Billet Quality

Metalloinvest and the United Metallurgical Company (AO OMK, Moscow) have concluded their scheduled coordination meeting at Ural Steel (a Metalloinvest company). Matters discussed at the meeting included the production and the delivery of Ural Steel concast billets to the Vyksa Steel Works (AO VSW, Nizhniy Novgorod Region, an OMK subsidiary) train wheel facility.

The coordination meeting was attended by Metalloinvest Domestic Sales Director Andrey Prossianik, Metalloinvest Metal Sales Department Director Igor Sych, Ural Steel Managing Director Evgeny Maslov, VSW Engineering and Technology Center Director Pavel Stepanov, and other company representatives. 

The discussion focused on the quality parameters of the Ural Steel billets and VSW train wheels, and it was noted that the product rejection percentage had been reduced.

“We strive for the continuous improvement of the quality of our Ural Steel billets and their compliance with RZD standards”, emphasized Metalloinvest Domestic Sales Director Andrey Prossianik. “This helps our partners increase their production and train wheel deliveries.”

In the course of the coordination meeting, the parties also agreed to undertake joint real-time activities to track all instances of rejected train wheels. In addition, it was decided to hold a joint consultation and invite specialists from the I. P. Bardin Central Research Institute of Ferrous Metals to improve the wheel quality indicators.
Representatives of the two companies mapped out their joint efforts going forward and agreed to schedule the following meeting in November 2018 at VSW.

“Such meetings help not only expedite the resolution of real-time issues but also define the thrust for developing production in the common interest”, stated VSW Engineering and Technology Center Director Pavel Stepanov. “This is a guarantee of the high quality of our train wheels given that this is our end product.”

BACKGROUND:

Ural Steel and VSW have been partners these past 20 years. A joint program to acquire capability for additional products has been underway since 2004. At the time, metallurgists developed and implemented a process to make K60 grade flat rolled goods to manufacture oil and gas line pipe.

In January 2017, the United Metallurgical Company and Metalloinvest entered into a long-term delivery contract for steel billets manufactured by Ural Steel as feedstock for VSW's whole-rolled train wheels. This resulted in Continuous Caster No. 1 at the Ural Steel EAF Steelmaking Facility being upgraded. Over the course of 2017, Ural Steel shipped 183,320 tons of concast billets to VSW, and 165,197 tons in the first six months of 2018.