MMK Increases Shipments of Metal Products in Containers
At the end of 2020, the Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works shipped 745.5 thousand tonnes of metal products in specialized containers, which is 220% compared to the same indicators of the previous year. Among the main advantages of using containers for the transportation of metal products: simplicity, convenience and speed of unloading from specialized containers in comparison with open wagons, as well as the absence of the need to unload, store and load reusable fasteners (frames) used for delivery in open wagons, which reduces the costs of the consignee. In addition, the use of containers makes it possible to increase the level of service by organizing multimodal delivery schemes directly to the consignee's gate, thereby ensuring the delivery of small consignments to points where there are no own railways.
But the most important thing is that containers provide additional protection of metal products from mechanical stress and damage during transportation and handling operations, and in the case of closed containers, they also protect against precipitation. Ensuring the safety of the cargo allows us to meet the requirements of consumers for the quality of the supplied products.
At present, PJSC MMK ships only rolled metal products in containers. It is planned that in April the share of rolled steel delivered by containers will amount to 16% of the total shipment of rolled metal products. Within three months, MMK expects to bring this figure to 20%.