Russian steel maker NLMK Group announces the appointment of a new General Director of the Altai-Koks plant. From 1 March 2022, Mr Vadim Valyas, who previously held the position of production director, will become the General Director. He will focus on further improving the operating efficiency of the enterprise and developing coke production technologies. Previously, the position of General Director of Altai-Koks was held by Mr Pavel Lizogub, who is leaving NLMK Group.Mr Vadim Valyas came to Altai-Koks in 1990. In 2002 he was appointed head of the production department. Since 2008, he has held the position of production director of the plant. Mr Vadim graduated from Kuzbass State Technical University with a degree in Chemical Technology of Solid Fuels and Carbon Materials, Altai State University with a degree in Anti-Crisis Management and Economics and Business Management.Altai-Koks is one of Russia’s largest coke plants producing about 13% of all the coke produced in Russia. The company is located in the Siberian Federal District, close to the mining companies of Kuznetsk Coal Basin, where 80% of all Russia’s coke is mined. The production includes all technological processes: from processing of coal concentrate to the production of coke and chemical products. At the Altai-Koks plant there are five coke batteries with a production capacity of 4.4 million tonnes of dry coke per year. Advanced coke battery No.5 is unique for Russia and the CIS. Innovative technical solutions, using the most advanced domestic and foreign expertise, laid down the foundation for the design of this battery.