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MMK presented new opportunities in the production of metal products for the pipe industry

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Alexey Kuzmin, Head of the Sales Department for the Russian Federation of PJSC MMK, spoke about this at the 11th All-Russian Conference “Steel Pipes: Production and Regional Sales” that opened on May 20 in Yekaterinburg. According to him, MMK Group is the largest supplier of metal products for the production of welded pipes on the Russian market, with a market share of about 42% (according to the Metal Expert publishing company). The pipe industry accounts for 31% of the plant's supplies to the Russian market, which is traditionally a key one for MMK, regardless of the situation on world markets. About 70% of MMK's total pipe industry sales are accounted for by the "home regions" - the Urals, Siberia and the Volga region.

At the same time, MMK continues to strengthen its market position and improve customer satisfaction. In July 2020, a comprehensive reconstruction of the hot rolling mill 2500 was completed, which opens up new opportunities for the mill. In particular, the commissioning of a completely renewed mill allows:

· To increase the uniformity of mechanical properties along the entire length of the coil;

· To expand the range of grades (steel for the production of pipes of strength classes K34-K60 to X80 in accordance with the requirements of API 5L);

· Ensure the release of rolled products with a thickness of 1.5 mm;

· Increase the weight of rolls up to 40 tons;

· Ensure high quality of winding of rolls;

· Shipment of hot-rolled coils on a horizontal generatrix to minimize the occurrence of logistic defects.

The new capabilities of the mill are used to develop niche products and expand the product range. Over the past year, the production of a wide range of new products of various grades and sizes has been mastered at the 2500 mill, as well as at the hot rolling mill 2000, also focused on the production of rolled metal for the pipe industry.

To achieve greater customer satisfaction, MMK has recently been actively developing the transportation of rolled metal products in specialized open and closed containers. This type of rolling stock provides additional protection of metal products from mechanical impact and damage during transportation and handling, and in the case of closed containers - from atmospheric precipitation.

In addition, MMK is successfully implementing the strategic initiative “Sales. Just in Time ”, designed to ensure the delivery of products to the client within +/- 3 days from the scheduled date. As part of this initiative, MMK put into commercial operation an automated system for operational scheduling of production (AS OKPP). To assess the effectiveness of the AS of the OKPP, a comprehensive indicator OTIF (on time in full) was introduced. The current maximum value of this indicator was reached in April 2021 and amounted to 74% (against the target level for the current year of 70%).

It should also be noted that through interaction with various cooperators in the regions of PJSC presence MMK is expanding its pipe product lines in the warehouses of its own sales network - OOO MMK Trading House. The sale of shaped and round pipes is carried out from warehouse sites in the Ural, Volga and Central federal districts, it is planned to develop this line of sales in the warehouses of the Siberian and Southern federal districts. The current goal is to reach a sales volume of 10 thousand tons of welded pipes from the warehouses of TD MMK per month.

The 11th All-Russian Conference "Steel Pipes: Production and Regional Sales" is being held on May 20-21, 2021 in Yekaterinburg and at the site of the Sinarsky Pipe Plant in Kamensk-Uralsky. The organizer is the Metal Supply and Sales magazine with the support of the Pipe Metallurgical Company, the Russian Union of Metal Products Suppliers and Metal-Expo. Key topics of the conference - production and consumption of steel welded and seamless pipes in Russia, the CIS and the world; current trends in the regional steel pipe markets; forecasts for the development of the steel pipe market in the coming years, etc. More than a hundred people from among experts of the pipe market, managers and specialists of pipe industry companies, metallurgical enterprises, metal trading companies and equipment suppliers take part in the event.

Information and Public Relations Department of PJSC MMK

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