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Steel slabs became the most popular cargo in the Mariupol commercial port

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This year, about 3 million tons of billets were shipped through the Mariupol port.

Steel slabs became the most popular cargo in the Mariupol commercial port

Slabs are one of the most common cargoes handled by the port of Mariupol. Over the past 3 years, their share in the total cargo turnover of the Mariupol port has been about 50%. In 2019 alone, 2 million 824 thousand tons of slabs were shipped through the enterprise to eight countries of the world: Belgium, Great Britain, Greece, Egypt, Italy, Turkey, France and Croatia. And to date, in 2020, 2 million 750 thousand tons of slabs have been sent from the port.

What is a slab? And about. port director Igor Barskiy, showing the territory of the enterprise to a representative delegation, jokingly called the slabs metal chocolates. Indeed, the slab is very similar to this delicacy in its shape. In fact, this is a semi-finished product of metallurgical production - a thick steel billet of rectangular cross section with a large ratio of width to height. Slabs are obtained from ingots by rolling on crimping mills, then they are called rolled, or from liquid metal on continuous casting machines - cast.

What are slabs for? For rolling sheet steel. One of the world's largest manufacturers of commercial continuously cast slabs, which are used as a billet for the production of flat sheet or coiled rolled products, is the Mariupol iron and steel works Azovstal and Ilyich.

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