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MSC chief underlines quick inauguration of projects
A management committee session was held at Mobarakeh Steel Company focusing on a range of issues, including the upgrade of the company’s safety level, acceleration and facilitation of the transfer of products to customers, emphasis on the speedy completion and inauguration of a project to use the refined wastewater of surrounding towns, and finalization of a tender for launching the Hot-Rolling Line Number Two.
In the session attended by the MSC managing director, his deputies, managers of the company’s different units and members of the committee, the senior managers offered performance reports on their units, according to the correspondent of Steel Newsletter.  
Later, Dr. Bahram Sobhani told the session that the managers and those in charge of units shoulder a heavy responsibility when it comes to safety. “Their responsibility is huge, especially when experienced people in a unit retire and are replaced by new personnel. The manager in charge should pursue the operations step by step, especially the repairs of equipment, in line with the guidelines and in cooperation with related repairmen – from disassembly to assembly and vice versa. The oversight body and those in charge should take extra care and pay due attention to safety issues.”   
He then pointed to the role of technical inspection when the repair is ongoing and said, “We should bear in mind that accidents, no matter how they happen, are unpleasant. They become even worse when we fail to learn a lesson from them. After an accident occurs, we need to review the guidelines and see if what has been done has been in line with special guidelines or not. Then we need to adopt managerial methods – from the manager down to those who are in charge of smaller units and vice versa – more seriously.” 
The MSC managing director said we need to tap into precise analyses and statistics so that we can make products for the customers in the best quality possible. “We should keep in mind that a large number of MSC products such as the sheets used in the automotive industry and in constructing storage tanks are of great importance to consumers as far as safety is concerned. That’s why the company should produce its products in line with national and international standards and based on the orders the customers place with the company. Besides, the produced items should be sent to customers as quickly as possible.”
Dr. Sobhani explained that MSC has taken positive steps toward optimized use of water resources and added, “Completion and implementation of the project which is designed to use the refined wastewater of nearby towns is highly essential. We need to show more consensus and rapport to make this giant plan operational as soon as possible. When implemented, this would reduce the dependence of MSC on Zayanderud more than ever before.”      
During the session, the participants listened to reports on the main measures related to the management committee session on different fronts such as: the full delivery of the Casting Machine No. 5 to the Operations Unit; formulation of a capacity production plan for the Casting Machine No. 5 to identify the improvable points as far as supply of parts and technical problems are concerned; review of the ladle and making decision on buying a ladle which is made in Iran; modernization of packaging machines and supply of ram trucks in the Hot-Rolling Unit; designing a comprehensive plan for the transfer of raw material (pellets, iron ore, briquettes, etc.) to cut transportation costs in the iron-making unit; and the need for different units to get prepared to meet the demands of the Casting Machine No. 5.
As for the implementation of the projects, the session discussed measures needed for the completion of Saba and Sangan development projects; taking into account the situation of the fire detection and extinguishing systems in the company’s units; holding talks with Water and Wastewater Company of Isfahan Province to review and decide the activation of projects designed to collect and refine the wastewater of nearby towns which are more than 80 percent complete; and issues related to the departments of Accounting and Finances, Sales and Marketing, Technology, Purchase and Suppliers, and Human Resources.     
Mokhtar Bakhshian, who is in charge of Operations at MSC, said that based on reports different units of the company have presented as of October 21the percentage of goals achieved is as follows: Pelletizing Plant (103 percent); Direct Reduction Plant (96 percent) given the stoppages occurred in the lines; Continuous Casting Plant (101 percent); Hot Rolling Plant (103 percent); Cold Rolling Mill (96 percent); Direct Reduction Plant at Saba Steel Complex (105 percent); Coils section at Saba Steel Complex (99 percent); and Transfer of products (102 percent). He added the company’s coated sheets unit is on schedule.

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