Byelorussian Steel Works’ (BSW) rolling mill shop No. 2 has attained a milestone and broken 3mn mt of production.
In five years, the rolling mill produced wire rod, rebar, and other long products, including those with special finishing and heat treatments, 70pc of which were sold via export.
Innovative products, as defined by the first-time product lines, are produced in Belarus and comprise 50pc of the shop’s shipments. The new products are primarily rolled sheets of medium- and high-carbon steel alloys, with chromium, manganese, nickel, and molybdenum, prepared for the automotive industry.
The steel is formed in bar sizes eight to 16, and because of the larger diameter bars’ seismic resistance and weldability, their use in construction can significantly reduce a project’s total steel consumption.
In the first eight months of the year, BSW exported about 243,000mt of rolled steel worth over $102mn, with the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Israel, and Ukraine the main export destinations—although sales grew in Africa and Asia, as well. The recent WA-1010 wire rod produced by rolling mill shop No.2 was prepared for a Dutch customer.
Between January and August, over 62,000mt of rebar coils were shipped to consumers, increasing by 25pc over the same period a year earlier. Ninety-five percent of rebar coil exports from the factory are shipped to Israeli construction companies.
Rolling mill No.2 produces about 150,000mt of long products annually for the Belarusian market.