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EVRAZ and Rail Service joint venture chose ANDRITZ as a supplier of full-cycle wheels manufacturing line

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EVRAZ and Rail Service joint venture chose ANDRITZ as a supplier of full-cycle wheels manufacturing line

LLC Allegro, the joint venture of EVRAZ (LSE: EVR) and Rail Service Industrial Group established to set up a railway wheels manufacturing facility, signed equipment delivery contract with ANDRITZ, an international technology group. The contract was signed by Valeriy Galchenkov, Managing Director of Allegro, Heinz Autischer, Group Senior Vice President, Global Head of METALS, ANDRITZ AG, and Daniel Huber, Managing director, Head of Division Hydraulic, Schuler Pressen GMbH.

ANDRITZ Group companies ANDRITZ MAERZ and Schuler will supply to Allegro a full-cycle wheels manufacturing line, first deliveries of equipment scheduled for Q1 2022.

Production flow will be structured as follows. Steel semis produced by EVRAZ NTMK will be heated to 1,250 ℃ in a furnace. Descaled, they will be shaped into wheels in a 10,000-tonne hydraulic press and finished in the rolling mill and a 5,000-tonne piercing press. Following a laser check of the wheel’s geometry and marking, wheels will be heat-treated to harden their working surfaces.

The agreement on construction of the new railway wheels manufacturing facility was signed with the management of the Special Economic Zone Titanium Valley (Sverdlovsk Region) in March 2020. The total investment in the project is estimated at RUB 16 billion (about US$200 million) with an annual expected production capacity of 200,000 solid-rolled wheels (with a possible scaling to 300,000). Production launch is scheduled for Q4 2022, creating 425 new jobs.

“This is an important milestone for the project and we welcome ANDRITZ as key equipment supplier,” said Denis Novozhenov, EVRAZ Vice President, Head of Ural Division. “Manufacturing of railway wheels is very demanding in terms of unique competencies and quality control along the value chain, starting from steel production. The know-how EVRAZ has will be indispensable for this project, so important for the whole industry.”

“We are proud to be supplying wheel-rolling equipment to EVRAZ — yet again”, said Dr. Heinz Autischer. “With this order, we affirm our technology leadership in the area. We will deliver the most advanced production line ever built in this segment.”