Mechel announces that BMK has repaid all obligations to the Federal Reserve Fund of the Russian Federation under the target loan agreement
Beloretsk, Russia - August 4, 2021 - Mechel PAO ( MOEX: MTLR, NYSE: MTL), a leading Russian mining and metallurgical company, announces that Beloretsk Metallurgical Plant (BMK JSC, part of Mechel Group) has repaid all obligations to the RF Industrial Development Fund under a target loan agreement for the implementation of a production project multi-strand ropes.
A preferential loan in the amount of 255.3 million rubles was provided by BMK in 2016 for 5 years. It accounted for half of the cost of the project to organize the production of steel multi-strand ropes for industrial equipment, bridge and shipbuilding. The remaining 50% was invested by the company.
The funds raised from the FRP were used to purchase new lines for the production of ropes and their coating with polymer. The equipment was launched in 2018. This made it possible for the plant to launch new products - multi-strand ropes with a number of strands from 6 to 12 and diameters from 22 to 90 mm, including those with a polymer coating. Before that, there was no technological capability in Russia to produce 12-strand ropes and ropes with a diameter of more than 70 mm.
The uniqueness of the project lies in the composition of the polymer sheath of the rope, since its ready-made formula did not exist in Russia. The specialists of the plant, together with research institutes, have developed an original composition of the polymer coating. Plastic protects the product from wear and tear, dynamic loads, aggressive environments and adverse climate effects. As a result, ropes last almost twice as long as uncoated ropes. This allows consumers of this type of product to reduce the downtime of excavators and other equipment, to reduce the cost of its operation and repair, to increase the overall economic efficiency of units and machines.
Today, BMK products successfully replace imported counterparts in the Russian market. Such ropes are used in lifting equipment, bearing elements of suspension bridges, coal and mining industries, gas and oil production, fishing, shipping.
“We have fully fulfilled all our obligations under the target loan agreement and express our gratitude to the Development Fund industry, which provided funds for the implementation of a promising import-substituting project for BMK. The products that the plant began to produce thanks to the new equipment are now in wide demand by domestic industrial companies and reduce their dependence on foreign components. Thus, the project served not only the development goals of the plant, but also the Russian economy, "commented Mechel PAO Oleg Korzhov, General Director.
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