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MSC supplies 33.5 percent more to local markets: Managing director


The volume of products Mobarakeh Steel Company (MSC) supplied to local markets in the first half of the current year [the six months to September 22, 2017] posted 33.5 percent growth, MSC Managing Director Dr. Bahram Sobhani said, adding an increase in overall production and a decline in the volume of products set aside for exports were designed to maximally meet the country’s domestic need.
Speaking at a gathering of the steelmaker’s managers and staff members, the MSC chief expressed satisfaction with the efforts of the staff of the steel giant to meet the goals of the company in the first half of the year and said during the six-month period MSC produced 4.171 million tons of crude steel. “The 15 percent increase in production was the largest any of the country’s steelmakers could pull off in this period.”
As far as pelletizing is concerned, MSC is 2 percent ahead of its annual schedule and the volume of pellets the company has produced is up by 6 percent over last year, the MSC managing director stated, adding further growth in production is expected when Sangan Pelletizing Plant becomes fully operational.
Dr. Sobhani went on to say production of sponge iron at Direct Reduction Units of Mobarakeh Steel Company and Saba Steel Complex has grown by 10.8 percent, while production of slabs in the same two facilities has increased 11.8 percent. Production of sponge iron and crude steel at Mobarakeh Steel Group has increased 16 percent and 15 percent, respectively. With the completion of the expansion project at Saba Steel Complex, a surge in production in this facility will be around the corner, he said.
The managing director of Mobarakeh Steel Company also touched on the performance of hot and cold rolling plants of the steel powerhouse and said when it comes to hot coils MSC and Saba Steel Complex are 1.7 percent ahead of schedule; in production of cold coils, they are 2 percent ahead of production schedule. Besides, in this sector, production has grown by as much as 16 percent over last year, he said.  
In production of galvanized sheets, the company is 3 percent ahead of schedule and figures are up by the same percentage point over last year, Dr. Sobhani noted, adding when it comes to production of special products, during the first half of the current year, the company has been 6 percent ahead of schedule.
On the one hand, measures to identify the company’s strengths and further boost them, and on the other, improvement of areas which are improvable are vital to the success of MSC, he said, adding qualitative improvement in conjunction with quantitative growth should be on the agenda of different production lines.
He recalled the importance of reducing accident frequency rate (AFR) in the company and thanked members of staff for paying closer attention to safety, saying “Even a single workplace accident is one too many, so the AFR should be reduced to zero. To that end, training and transfer of experience should be handled properly.”
Dr. Sobhani went on to list the following as major achievements of Mobarakeh Steel Group in the first half of the year: the volume of products Mobarakeh Steel Company has supplied to local markets has posted 33.5 percent growth; a 5-million ton pelletizing plant, the first and biggest in Sangan, Khorasan Razavi Province, has become operational; expansion projects at Saba Steel Complex have been inaugurated; 16 hydrogen bases and industrial automation at the annealing box have been indigenized and replaced without assistance from foreign experts; the company’s general assembly has been held and 7.5 trillion rials in cash profits has been divided; and the ownership share of the Mines and Metals Development Investment Company has increased to 38 percent.
He further stated that in parallel with its mission to meet the local need for steel products, MSC has always remained committed to its social responsibilities. “To that end, MSC has always acted in conjunction with communities in contributing to enduring projects. The handover of a building which was once home to the MSC clinic to the Welfare Department of Mobarakeh, investment in a project to collect and treat urban wastewater in the towns of Mobarakeh and Lenjan, organization of a fourth event – in association with partners – to raise funds (20 billion rials in total) to secure the release of inmates who have been imprisoned for commission of involuntary offenses, investment in and inauguration of Riz train station, which links Saba Steel Complex to the national railway, and handover of part of the land the company owns for a third phase of a freeway that bypasses Isfahan on its western flank are among the most important measures taken thus far.”
In conclusion, the MSC managing director thanked all staff members of the steel giant for their efforts and said the achievements of MSC are a source of honor for all Iranians. “It is our hope that MSC can build on God's grace and the commitment of its staff members to keep walking down the path of success.”


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