Severstal ramps up production for train-building industry

Russian steelmaker and miner Severstal has entered the market of special profiles for rail transport, the company says.

The enterprise estimates the potential for sales in Russia to be 64,000 tonnes/year, which corresponds to approximately 40% of the market, Kallanish notes.

Severstal has begun the production of this product and has prepared for dispatch another pilot batch of special profiles to a train-building plant in Russia.

Hot-rolled steel for freight train bodies is produced at mills 2000, 2800 and 5000 at its Cherepovets steelworks. In addition to hot rolled sheet, the company supplies train builders with shaped tubular products.

The product portfolio will now be supplemented with a special profile made of hot and cold rolled steel, which is used as a load-bearing element for stiffening train body structures.

“Severstal has a historical presence in the railway engineering market; we are interested in expanding our product line and since 2020 our company has been the largest supplier of flat products,” says director for relations with machine-building Georgy Argunov. “From the beginning of 2021 we will be ready to participate in tenders and carry out industrial supplies.”

Severstal’s third-quarter crude steel output increased by 3% on-quarter to 2.9 million tonnes (see Kallanish passim).