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Ostrava steelworks to be equipped with new, more efficient cranes worth 47 million Czech crowns that will be able to handle products of 12.5 tons in weight at temperatures reaching 300°C

Ostrava, 30 June 2018 – ArcelorMittal Ostrava is replacing its current, almost 30 years old, cranes with new and more efficient ones which will ensure reliable service for another 20 years. Six of the cranes will have been replaced with new machines worth 47 million crowns by 2022. The first run will have two cranes replaced at the medium section rolling mill where they are used for transporting products of up to 12,500 kilogrammes into lorries and railway wagons.

"We started the process of replacement at the end of last year. The cranes we are using now have been in service since the end of the 1970s. We will eventually have replaced 6 cranes before the end of 2022," explains Jan Řezníček, project manager in charge of the crane park.

The first run of the replacement process will be finishing in the medium section rolling mill in the third quarter of this year. Each of the cranes has the lifting capacity of 12.5 tons and can lift 6 tons with the help of a high-performance electric magnet. Interestingly, the cranes will enable manipulation with products whose temperature may reach up to 300°C and they will move on 500 metres long rails.

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. In the Moravian-Silesian region, ArcelorMittal employs 6500 workers. 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.

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