Russia: MMK develops first program-controlled RPA robot

Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works (MMK) Group has developed its first program-controlled robot capable of executing the functions of an employee working on a computer. The robot was created by MMK Infoservice’s (a part of MMK Group) Center for RPA and Innovation based on innovative RPA (Robotic Process Automation) technology. The robot, which has already…

Russia: MMK to help develop standards for technology and innovation

Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works will take part in the Expert Group for the Development in Russia of Standards for the Implementation of Technology and Innovation. A unified methodology will increase demand for Russian technology and help boost Russian companies’ competitiveness. The standards will constitute recommendations on working with external innovations, along with other measures…

Russia: MMK metal sales up in August 2018

In August MMK shipped 994.2 thousand tons of metal via railroad, up by 9.2% YoY.

In January-August, according to railroad statistics, sales grew by 1.1% YoY, to 7.2 million tons.

Russian customers received 4.68 million tons of metal, up by 8.5%, while exports dropped by 10.5%, to 2.48 million tons. (Ukrainian metal)

Russia: MMK reconstructing mill-2500

MMK is reconstructing its hot-rolling mill-2500 in the sheet-rolling shop No. 4.

The project will increase the size and grade portfolio of the mill and improve the quality.

The capacity will grow from 4 to 5 million tons of metal per year. (Ukrainian metal)

Russia: MMK to supply metal for the high-speed railway construction

MMK has joined the participants of the Chelyabinsk – Yekaterinburg High-Speed Railroad project.

The contribution of the company is 10 million rubles.

MMK will cover the needs of the project in metal. (Ukrainian metal)

Russia: MMK net profit up in H1 2018

In January-June MMK net profit increased by 24.7% YoY, to $671 million. Revenue grew by 16%, to $4.16 billion. EBITDA went up by 33.4%, to $1.21 billion. The group debts as of late June totaled $521 million. “The high financial results allowed the Board of directors to recommend paying $281 million of dividends for Q2”,…

Russia: MMK decreases steel demand forecast

MMK has decreased the forecast of demand for its products this year almost 2-fold because of the tax reform. While seeking money for pre-election promises of president Vladimir Putin, Russian authorities suggested increasing the base rate of added value tax by 2%. “Last year steel consumption in Russia grew by 6.5%. This year we estimate…

Russia: MMK results for Q2 2018

In April-June MMK sold 2.848 million tons of metal, up by 0.7% QoQ, including 1.381 million tons of high added value products, up by 2.7%. In 6 months MMK sold 5.675 million tons of metal, including 2.726 million tons with high added value, up by 2.1% and by 7.3% YoY respectively. In particular, sales of…

Russia: MMK launches new sludge enrichment plant

A new plant for the enrichment of sludge at sludge depository No. 2 has been launched at PJSC Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works’ (MMK) ore-dressing workshop. This will allow the company to increase the share of its own iron ore materials in sinter production’s burden, but also to significantly decrease its industrial impact on the…

Russia: MMK repairs BF1

MMK has finished the reconstruction of the blast furnace No. 1, commissioned in 1932. The cost of the project, carried out in less than 6 months, totaled 5.4 billion rubles, including 2.35 billion rubles worth of machinery and the rest being construction and repair works. The reconstruction of the BF1 and the construction of the…

Russia: MMK commissions new air separator

MMK has assembled a new air-separation machine valued at 4.2 billion rubles in the oxygen shop No. 5. The machine can produce 35 thousand cubic meters of industrial oxygen and 30 thousand cubic meters of pure nitrogen, as well as some 1 thousand cubic meters of argon. The new machine will be able to save…

Russia: MMK industrial park adds major European investor as resident

PJSC Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works (MMK), the Chelyabinsk Region’s Investment Development Agency, together with Rusfoundryconsult and SEEIF Ceramic, a.s. (Czech Republic) have signed a cooperation agreement at the international industrial exhibition Innoprom 2018 in Yekaterinburg. The agreement was signed by CEO of MMK Pavel Shilyaev, Director of the Chelyabinsk Region’s Investment Development Agency, Alexey…

Russia: MMK sales down in June 2018

In June MMK sold 768 thousand tons of metal via railroad, down by 13.8% YoY. In Q2 sales decreased on average by 16.7% a month. In January-June MMK sold 5.21 million tons of metal via railroad, up by 0.1% YoY. Sales to domestic customers increased by 11.5%, to 3.41 million tons, while exports dropped by…

Russia: MMK implements “Industry 4.0” concept in strategic partnership with Oracle

Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works (MMK) is expanding its innovative cooperation with Oracle, having chosen the corporation as its strategic partner for the next five years in the implementation of the concept “Industry 4.0”. The optimization and unification of MMK’s business processes on the basis of a unified Corporate Information System (CIS) will facilitate the…

Russia: MMK steel smelting complex turns 85

On July 8, 1933 the first open-hearth furnace of MMK produced its first steel. This was the beginning of the steel smelting complex at the company. By the late 1980s MMK operated three open-hearth shops, which comprised 35 furnaces. Steel output reached 16 million tons. In 1990 the company commissioned the oxygen-converter shop. Now the…

Russia: MMK’s environmental efforts and resource management recognized by industry competition

Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works (MMK) won the XV industry competition titled “Metal and Mining Enterprises with Highly Effective CSR”. The competition participants were 61 metal and mining enterprises. For the second year in a row, MMK is amongst the winners in the category “Environmental Protection and Resource Management”. MMK’s investments in environment protection last…