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6 February 2020

NLMK Clabecq supplies Quard® plates for reforestation equipment in Latin America

NLMK Clabecq, a leading Belgian producer of thin steel plates, has commenced supplies of its abrasion resistant Quard® plates to a Brazilian manufacturer of plow discs that are used to prepare forest ground for planting trees, such as eucalyptus and pines.

The new application of Quard® quenched and tempered steel plates expands NLMK Clabecq presence in the segment of forestry equipment that requires more wear-resistant materials to increase fuel efficiency and substantially extend the lifecycle of the machines.

Plow discs produced from durable Quard® plates have a service life of up to 15% higher compared to discs made of other similar steel grades.

NLMK’s abrasion resistant steel is offered in thicknesses from 3.2 mm to 64 mm. This dimensional range covers most of Quard customer needs in key sectors, including mining & service centers (60% of Quard sales), yellow goods (15%), forestry & agriculture (10%), and others (15%).

Customers, please contact your country manager

About NLMK Clabecq

NLMK Clabecq is the leading Belgian producer of thin premium steel plates and a company of NLMK Group. Customers of NLMK Clabecq enjoy superior surface quality, ideal flatness and tight thickness tolerances of plates thanks to the plant’s extensive technical expertise coupled with a unique combination of equipment, including a reversible quarto mill and a continuous finishing mill with 4 independent stands, a state-of-the-art accelerated cooling system and a quenching and tempering unit (Q&T).

NLMK Clabecq is a major player in the niche markets of abrasion resistant steels up to 550 HB (Quard®) and steels with very high yield strength up to 1100 MPa (Quend®) in thicknesses from 3.2 to 64 mm. These brands are especially popular with manufacturers of construction equipment and mining machinery. Equipment made with Quard® and Quend® is more fuel-efficient and durable thanks to lighter structure, more wear-resistant and stronger steel.

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About NLMK Group

NLMK Group is the largest steelmaker in Russia and one of the most efficient in the world.

NLMK Group’s steel products are used in various industries, from construction and machine building to the manufacturing of power-generation equipment and offshore wind turbines.

NLMK operates production facilities in Russia, Europe and the United States. The Company’s steel production capacity exceeds 17 million tonnes per year.

For more information on NLMK Group, please visit our website.

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