Ukrainian industrial company Interpipe continues to develop export supplies of products for passenger rail transport, expanding and diversifying the geography of sales.
In September, Interpipe Nizhnedneprovsky Pipe-Rolling Plant shipped an experimental batch of 840 mm diameter wheels of EN 13262 standard to the GVB operator, which operates the Amsterdam metro. The plant is now preparing to produce an industrial batch for a new client. Ukrainian wheeled products will be used to repair metro cars manufactured by ALSTOM.
“The company supplies wheels to the Netherlands for the first time. The peculiarity of this order was the increased requirements for the microstructure of the metal. The buyer requested improved quality and strength characteristics of the wheels, which were obtained due to the optimal heat treatment mode. Deliveries for GVB are a good reference in the segment of passenger wheels for municipal transport in the European Union, ”said Alexander Garkavy, Director of the Railway Products Division of Interpipe.
Interpipe in January-August 2021 reduced the output of railway products by 13.4% compared to January-August 2020 - to 112.7 thousand tons. Sales of such metal products in January-August 2021 decreased by 15.5% compared to January-August 2020 - to 111 thousand tons.
Interpipe is an international vertically integrated pipe-and-wheel company, one of the TOP-10 manufacturers of seamless pipes in the world and the TOP-3 manufacturers of solid-rolled railway wheels. At the end of 2020, Interpipe reduced sales of railway products - wheels, tires, axles and wheelsets - by 5.4% compared to 2019 - to 192.4 thousand tons.