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The Ostrava steelworks has signed a contract for upgrade of a continuous caster worth EUR 7.2 million

Ostrava 18th of December 2018 - To increase its reliability, ArcelorMittal Ostrava will upgrade its continuous caster, which produces semi-finished products (slabs) for the hot-strip mill. The project worth a total spending of EUR 7.2 million will be carried out by Austrian company Primetals Technologies.

“The upgrade will improve the reliability of the asset and reduce downtimes. It will also have a positive effect on the quality: the produced steel will have better inner characteristics,” says Petr Gíza who is in charge of all the three ArcelorMittal Ostrava´s casters.

Equipment for the upgrade are now under engineering and manufacturing and the implementation in the Ostrava steelworks will start from the last quarter of 2019.

“This cooperation will improve the competitiveness of Arcelor Mittal Ostrava and also proves the leading position of Primetals Technologies in caster related technology services.” adds Ludwig Reiter, Vice President of Upstream Services.

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 pipes 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 nearly 7 000 people. The 2017 average monthly income was CZK 36 646. As a result of the completion of a range of above-standard emission control technologies, the company produces its products with the minimum possible environmental footprint. The sole shareholder is ArcelorMittal S.A.

Primetals Technologies, Limited, headquartered in Frimley, Camberley, United Kingdom, is a worldwide leading engineering, plant-building and lifecycle partner for the metals industry. The company offers a complete technology, product and service portfolio that includes the integrated electrics, automation and environmental solutions. This covers every step of the iron and steel production chain that extends from the raw materials to the finished product – in addition to the latest rolling solutions for the nonferrous metals sector. Primetals Technologies is a joint venture of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Siemens. Mitsubishi-Hitachi Metals Machinery (MHMM) - an MHI consolidated group company with equity participation by Hitachi, Ltd. and IHI Corporation - holds a 51% stake and Siemens a 49% stake in the company. The company employs around 7,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at www.primetals.com.

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