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MMK’s Steel-Smelting Plant Turns 85

UrBC, Magnitogorsk, July 10, 2018. Magnitogorsk Iron & Steel Works’ (MMK) steel-smelting facility was set up eighty-five years ago this month, the company’s Information & PR Department reports.

‘The plant’s first open-hearth furnace produced its very first batch of steel on July 8, 1933. This marked the beginning of MMK’s steel-smelting plant that came to play a big part in the company’s history and also added quite a few glorious pages to the entire country’s chronicles,’ MMK says.

MMK’s steel was used for construction projects of the first Soviet five-year plans, for making shells and tanks during the war, and for the national economy restoration projects in the aftermath. By the end of the eighties, three open-hearth furnace departments were operating at MMK, with thirty-five furnaces all in all. The plant was producing as much as 16,000,000,000 kg of steel a year at that time. The overall production output since 1933 is estimated at more than 800,000,000,000 kg.
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