NLMK Group has opened a laboratory centre in Lipetsk for microstructure analysis, which will analyze the properties of steel to develop new premium products and optimize metal processing techniques.
The centre is equipped with the latest high-precision measuring equipment. Several dozen unique devices enable more than a thousand types of microscopy and chemical analysis measurements to be taken. This multi-method research will facilitate the development of new steel grades and products for the automotive, energy and construction sectors.
The centre will also become a platform for knowledge sharing within the professional community and will contribute toward the development of cooperation with leading research organizations. Students of NLMK’s partner colleges and field-specific universities will have the opportunity to receive on-the-job training at the centre, learning to operate unique laboratory equipment, master computer simulation and microstructure analysis, and discover how to identify promising technological trends.
A physical simulation laboratory is set to be opened in Lipetsk to analyze the processes of thermal and mechanical processing of steel, while in La Louvière, Belgium, a laboratory will be established to focus on the development of coatings for rolled steel and technologies for their application.