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ArcelorMittal engineering plant in Ostrava to manufacture tram axles for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

Ostrava, 10 May 2017 – Steel produced by ArcelorMittal in Ostrava will be part of the tram cars that will transport fans and players during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. ArcelorMittal Engineering Products Ostrava, a subsidiary of ArcelorMittal Ostrava, has won a contract to manufacture more than 1,000 axles for new tram cars.

“We have more than 60 years of experience in tram axle manufacturing. We will have completed the production of all axles for the new type of tram that will be used during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, by November this year so that the delivery and assembly are completed in time,” said Daniel Doležal, sales and marketing manager at ArcelorMittal Engineering Products Ostrava.

The axles will be part of the new 71-931M "Vityaz-M" tram cars which will transport fans and players alike during the World Cup. The new, low-floor tram is an improved version of the 71-931 "Vityaz" model, and can accommodate up to 265 passengers. The axles manufactured by the ArcelorMittal engineering plant in Ostrava will be used for approximately 150 tram cars.

ArcelorMittal Engineering Products Ostrava mainly delivers tram axles to its domestic partners. The finished tram cars are then delivered, not just within the Czech Republic, but also to Slovakia, Hungary, France, Turkey, Russia and Ukraine.

ArcelorMittal Engineering Products Ostrava, s.r.o. is a subsidiary of ArcelorMittal Ostrava and a manufacturing and repair unit plant. The plant combines machinery and foundry production. The basic machinery product range includes machine parts and equipment, steel structures and wheel sets. The foundry product range consists of steel and cast-iron castings. Other important activities of the plant include repairs of electric machinery, production of rolls for rolling mills and thermal treatment of engineering products.

ArcelorMittal Ostrava a.s. is part of the world’s largest steel and mining group ArcelorMittal. Annually it produces over 2 million tonnes of steel, which is mainly used in construction and machinery. It is the biggest manufacturer of road safety barriers and the only producer of grain-oriented steel sheets in the Czech Republic. Besides the domestic market the company delivers its products to more than 40 countries around the world. ArcelorMittal Ostrava and its subsidiaries employ over 7 000 people. In 2016 average income was CZK 35 104. As a result of the completion of a range of above-standard greening technologies the company produces its products with the minimum possible environmental footprint. To contribute to making a more sustainable future possible, the company has set 10 sustainable development outcomes. The progress on each of the outcomes is reported on the Annual Review. The sole shareholder is ArcelorMittal S.A.

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