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EVRAZ NTMK Becomes The First Russian Company to Master The Production Technology of Extrahard Railway Wheels

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EVRAZ NTMK Becomes The First Russian Company to Master The Production Technology of Extrahard Railway Wheels

18 May 2011 – EVRAZ NTMK has become the first Russian company to master the production technology of extrahard railway wheels. Wheels of 350 – 390 Brinell units of hardness are designed and suitable for the use on arterial railways. Once the certification of an experimental batch of new goods on overseas markets has been completed, the construction of the order book will begin.

Specialists from Nizhny Tagil Metallurgical Plant and the All-Russian Scientific Research Institute of Railway Transport took part in the research and development of the production technology of extrahard wheels. Special attention was paid to the steel chemical compound used, the heating temperature of work pieces and the cool-down rate of wheels which allowed for the discovery of an optimum chemical compound for steel with high concentration of carbon and alloying elements.

”Work on the development of extrahard wheels provides us with the opportunity to enter foreign markets with our products. In this instance the first market we will target is the North American market. EVRAZ is consistently engaged in the improvement of the transportation roll stock quality at our enterprises. We are now ready to offer our customers absolutely new railway wheels of a quality which nobody in Russia has yet been able to produce. Certification of these goods on overseas markets will be the next step”, - said Alexey Ivanov, Vice-President, Head of «Steel» Division of EVRAZ.

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