Russian steel manufacturer NLMK Group has begun the supply of plates rolled from low-alloyed abrasion-resistant Quard© steel to Russian mining companies including the Urals Mining and Metallurgical Company.
Quard plates are supplied to companies that mine ore including iron, polymetallic and copper; and coal that produce varying degrees of wear-and-tear on equipment. Quard plates are used as they ensure ultra-high resistance under load. The NLMK steel products are used for the manufacturing and repair of mining machinery and equipment such as dump truck bodies and excavator buckets.
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Abrasion-resistant Quard plates and high-strength structural Quend plates are manufactured using a unique quenching and tempering technology at NLMK Clabecq (Belgium) from specialty slabs supplied by NLMK’s Lipetsk site. The use of abrasion-resistant Quard steel can more than triple the lifetime of a product when compared to standard grades of construction steel.
NLMK Group’s Quard and Quend production capacity is 250,000t per year. 70% of these products are supplied to the European customers whilst 30% goes to North America, South East Asia and the CIS.