Uralmashplant shipped first converter to Novokuznetsk

Published date: 12 May 2020

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Orsk machine-building facilities completed shipment of the first large-size equipment – 320 t upright converter manufactured for EVRAZ Consolidated West-Siberian Metallurgical Plant (EVRAZ ZSMK) in Novokuznetsk. The facilities based on Ormeto-YUMZ declared bankrupt are under rehabilitation started by "Uralmashplant" JSC (part of UZTM-KARTEX) last year in May.  

 Uralmash – Mining Equipment LLC, subsidiary of Uralmashplant, began to manufacture the converter at the Orsk site last September after restart of the metal manufacturing facilities. Shipment of the vessel (8.6 m in diameter, 10.5 m in height, 1200 t in weight) started last December and ended this week. The steel-producing facility will be installed at the oxygen-converter plant of EVRAZ ZSMK, it will replace one of the retired converters.

Alexey Degay, general director of Uralmash – Mining Equipment LLC, says that the shipment of the converter is an important event for the enterprise. "It is a message to the market that the enterprise is capable of producing challenging equipment and fulfill its obligations to the customers in full scope," – he says.

During one year of operation Uralmash – Mining Equipment revived production of a considerable part of the traditional Orsk-Works products, including roll forgings, metallurgical equipment, process vessels, and spare parts for crushers. Now the engineers of the works design a 1300 t stationary mixer for a Russian metallurgical enterprise.

"The restart of the largest Orsk enterprise is a business project as well as our social responsibility. With the support of Denis Pasler, Orenburg Oblast governor, who initiated the resumption of Orsk Works operation we managed to preserve the capabilities of the engineering and design subdivisions, employment for highly qualified specialists, and production of unique equipment for the metallurgical industry," says Yan Tsenter, Chief Executive Officer of UZTM-KARTEX.

About "Uralmashplant" JSC

"Uralmashplant" JSC (UZTM) founded in July 1933 is one of the leaders among the manufacturers of equipment for mining, metallurgy, construction-materials and power-engineering industries. The main products manufactured by the enterprise include crushing and grinding equipment (crushers and grinding mills of various sizes), rope shovels, hydraulic excavators and walking draglines of various types and modifications, heavy overhead cranes, metallurgical presses, accessories and tools for them, mine hoists. The Company's development strategy aims to launch machine-building lines that would be capable of providing end-to-end solutions to the mining and metallurgical industry to achieve their production targets using equipment manufactured by UZTM and other Russian producers. "Uralmashplant" JSC supported by its strategic partner Gazprombank implements an investment program that provides for a large-scale upgrade of the Company's machining and welding facilities, digitalization of production processes. The plant forms part of UK UZTM-KARTEX constituted in 2016.