Czech Railways Have Certified EVRAZ Wheels
EVRAZ NTMK certified 5 wheel designs, and is now eligible to supply wheels to the major Czech railway operator – the Czech Railways (České dráhy, ČD). The certificate has been issued for solid curved wheels ВА-409, 428, 314, 004, 005. ВА-004, ВА-005 and ВА-314 wheels are also certified according to the European TSI standard, which allows to supply wheels to any European country. Before the end of Q3 2016 another two designs will be certified in accordance with TSI.
Wheel constructions ВА-409, 428, 314, 004, 005 were introduced into the commercial production by EVRAZ NTMK in 2014-2016. The wheels are intended for freight railcars, and are produced in ER7 steel grade, which has been developed specifically for export markets. The steel hardness is set at min. 255 HB.
"The certification by Czech Railways opens an opportunity for us to extend our presence in the Czech market, which is one of the most promising markets in Eastern Europe. It is especially attractive for us, as Czech companies do not only arrange transportation, but also provide services, including maintenance, to other railway operators in Eastern Europe, – noted EVRAZ Vice President, Sales and Logistics, Ilya Shirokobrod. – We have a good history of cooperation with Czech freight car repair facilities, and now we are ready to offer our products to the leading national railway operator."
EVRAZ is number four globally in production of railway wheels by volume. EVRAZ NTMK produces around 60 types of railway products, which are delivered to 10 countries worldwide. The plant exports round steel billets and semi-finished and finished freight wheels to Europe.
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