Beloretsk Metallurgical Plant to Launch New Wiredrawing EquipmentBeloretsk Metallurgical Plant (part of Mechel Group) began start-up and adjustment procedures for its new wiredrawing equipment. The plant acquired four wiredrawing benches worth a total of 220 million rubles as part of the investment project aimed at upgrading the plant’s steel wire and rope facilities. The launch is scheduled for June. According to the project’s outline, the plant will launch a total of 12 new benches by the end of 2023.
The plant’s staff connected the machines, produced by Italy’s Mario Frigerio S.p.A., to electricity, air and water supply, as well as conducted start-up and adjustment works together with the producer’s own experts.
The new benches are equipped with scalebreakers with belt nodes. This enables the facility to scale off dross mechanically and abandon the practice of chemical scaling for wire rods. Thanks to single-flow drawing with quality cooling, the new machines can ensure necessary pliability and even spreading of mechanical properties lengthwise, rule out kinks and damage to wire surface while drawing. Each bench’s annual capacity is 13,000 tonnes of wire used to produce rope and spring wire.
“The second batch of the new equipment has also already arrived at the plant. We expect the final third one to arrive in this year’s third quarter. This will enable Beloretsk Metallurgical Plant to increase the share of high-margin hardware in its product portfolio,” Beloretsk Metallurgical Plant’s Managing Director Sergey Fedorov commented.
Beloretsk Metallurgical Plant is implementing its steel wire and rope facility upgrade project with the support of Russia’s Industrial Development Fund. The project’s total cost is 1.5 billion rubles, with 750 million rubles provided by the Fund as a low-interest loan. The upgrade is due to be complete in late December 2023.