Leading Russian steel maker NLMK Group announced the appointment of Mr Cornelius Louwrens as CEO NLMK Europe Strip Products, which includes NLMK La Louvière, NLMK Strasbourg and NLMK Manage Service, all part of NLMK Belgium Holdings. Mr Renaud Moretti, who previously headed the Strip Division, has decided to leave the Group in April 2021.
Mr.Cornelius Louwrens has over 20 years’ experience in senior positions in some of the world’s leading steel companies. He graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Pretoria in South Africa in 1990. He holds degrees from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa and Kellogg School of Management Northwestern University USA. Mr. Louwrens worked for Tata Steel, ArcelorMittal & Saldanha Steel. Previously Mr Cornelius held the position of CTO NLMK International.
Located in Belgium, NLMK La Louviere focuses on the production of hot and cold rolled coils for the automotive, construction, and engineering industries. The site production capacity will be enhanced to 2,200,000 tonnes of hot-rolled steel and 1,500,000 tonnes of pickled steel. NLMK Belgium Holdings comprises of production companies and service centres of the NLMK Europe Strip Division and two NLMK Europe Plate production companies NLMK Verona and NLMK Clabecq. NLMK Group and SOGEPA own a 49% stake of NBH each. The remaining 2% belong to THN, an NBH-affiliated company.