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EVRAZ to Launch Mass Production of Head-Hardened Rails in Russia

11/15/2013 - EVRAZ has become the first company in Russia and the CIS to obtain approval to begin mass production and supply of head-hardened rails with a length of up to 100 meters.
The Register of Certification on the Federal Railway Transport has issued a Compliance Certificate to EVRAZ in relation to DT-350 R-65 head-hardened rails with a length of up to 100 meters. This makes EVRAZ the first company in Russia and CIS to obtain approval to begin mass production and supply of this product.
 
These rails ensure high performance and allow for more efficient maintenance and repair technologies. The new hardening system substantially increases the durability of the rails, reducing railway maintenance costs and delivering improved safety and speed.
 
Certification of the head-hardened rails manufactured at EVRAZ ZSMK Rail and Beam Shop was carried out at the test loop of the Russian Railway Research Institute. Fatigue and crack resistance laboratory tests of the rails showed compliance with the best international practices, and these positive lab results have since been supported by field tests.
 
“Obtaining this certificate is an important milestone for EVRAZ as well as for the entire Russian railway industry,” commented Ilya Shirokobrod, EVRAZ vice president and head of the Railway Products Division. “We are now ready for mass production of this unique product, which will allow us to satisfy the demand of our key client - the Russian Railways. Furthermore, we will be able to lay the basis for the establishment of a high-speed railway network in Russia. In addition, our head-hardened rails have good prospects in terms of export and will be able to compete with the leading global manufacturers in the international market.”