NLMK Lipetsk has mastered the production of a new grade of high strength cold rolled steel, a unique product for the Russian market. Its properties enable the production of lighter components while maintaining the same strength of the material, meaning NLMK steel can replace imported steel in the automotive and metalworking industries. NLMK delivered the first batch of such steel to Specta, a leading manufacturer of steel packaging straps. High-strength cold rolled steel is used in the production of safety critical car body components, among other applications. For instance, the strength properties of such steel ensure high-quality consumer characteristics of other products, like steel straps produced by the Specta Group VolgaStrap division. These are used for packaging large capacity cargo ie rolled steel, pipes, etc and must combine high strength with ductility to withstand dynamic loads.
To meet its client’s needs, NLMK supplied VolgaStrap steel that is approximately 1.5x stronger than its closest analogues at a comparable level of ductility.