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7 August 2017

Quard wear-resistant dump trucks strengthen NLMK’s heavy vehicles fleet

NLMK Lipetsk (part of NLMK Group) has strengthened its heavy vehicles fleet with 10 new IVECO-AMT TRAKKER dump trucks. The trucks’ bodies are made of NLMK’s Quard wear-resistant plates. 

IVECO-AMT car manufacturer has developed the dump trucks in cooperation with NLMK based on specific steelmaking industry requirements. The dump trucks are equipped with 500 hp engine, semi-automatic transmission and have 8x4 axle configuration. 

The dump trucks’ platforms were manufactured from 50 tonnes of Quard400 and Quard450 premium plates supplied by NLMK. Such steel is rolled using a unique quenching and tempering technology at NLMK Clabecq (Belgium) from high-quality slabs supplied by NLMK’s Lipetsk site.

NLMK Clabecq’s quenching and tempering line was put in operation in 2011. With its launch the Company entered the market with a new product: abrasion-resistant Quard plates (hardness of 400HB, 450HB and 500HB for Quard400, Quard450 and Quard50, respectively); and high-strength Quend plates (tensile strength of 700 MPa, 900 MPa and 960 MPa for Quend700, Quend900 and Quend960, respectively). The use of such steel reduces the weight of structural elements; cuts production costs, increases the lifetime and ensures better truck performance.

Leading global special-purpose machinery and construction equipment manufacturers have been using NLMK’s Quard and Quend steel in their production for several years.

Novolipetsk Steel

Novolipetsk Steel is the largest steelmaker facility in Russia and the major production site of NLMK Group. The company is at the core of a common international production chain of NLMK Group with assets in Russia, Europe and the USA.

Steel output at the Lipetsk site accounts for 18% of the total steel production in Russia and close to 80% of NLMK Group’s total steel output.

NLMK's high-quality steel products are used in a variety of strategically important sectors of economy, from construction and machine building to the manufacturing of power-generation eqipment and large-diameter pipes.

In 2016, NLMK Lipetsk’s steel output reached as high as 12.99 mt – an all-time high of the Company’s operation starting from 1934. Steel output with 100% utilization of steelmaking capacities increased by almost 1% year-on-year.

NLMK Group received the Steel Industry Leadership Award at the prestigious 2016 Platts Global Metals Awards held by S&P Global Platts, a leading international industry analytical periodical.

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