The United Metallurgical Company (AO OMK, Moscow) and the I. P. Bardin Central Research Institute of Ferrous Metals (TsNIIChermet) signed a program of research and strategic collaboration for 2020 through 2025.
The document was signed by TsNIIChermet General Manager Victor Semionov and OMK Governance Board Chair Natalya Eremina.
The 5-year program includes activities in 27 areas. These include steel making technologies, advanced development of promising materials and technologies, including digital ones, processing and recycling of steel making by-products and wastes. The program also provides for collaboration in acquiring new manufacturing capabilities, training highly skilled employees and upgrading the skills of engineers and technicians as well as in making shared use of unique equipment.
"OMK is proceeding with a broad investment program that includes acquiring the capability for both new materials and new products. Collaboration between the Company and a leading research institution in the field of steel making will advance the development of promising manufacturing technologies. In addition, the research institution will also help OMK develop its employees' potential", commented Natalya Eremina speaking about the newly signed program.
The United Metallurgical Company maintains enhanced focus on developing and implementing innovation, on research and development as it applies to manufacture. OMK's total 2018 R&D budget was 152 million rubles. A significant part of the work is performed at OMK's in-house research facilities in Vyksa and Ufa.
I. P. Bardin TsNIIChermet is an industry research leader for ferrous metals and a reliable technology partner for Vyksa Steel Works. The research center and VSW have a long history of collaboration. Over the past few years TsNIIChermet and VSW personnel engaged in joint projects and were able to demonstrate high performance in may areas, including development of new steel grades and high-performance pipe making technologies, promising steel grades for and train wheel making technologies, chemical formulations for and sheet metal making technologies for various applications, etc.
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