Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works once again recognised its most
reliable supply chain partners following the results of its sixth
Best Supplier competition. The companies were awarded honorary
diplomas and commemorative trophies - a sculptural depiction of a
handshake as a symbol of strong partnership.
MMK's management attaches great importance to this
competition since relations with suppliers are one of the key aspects
of the Company's successful development. In his greeting to the
attendants of the award ceremony, Pavel Shilyaev, MMK CEO, noted that
the plant currently has more than 2,250 active suppliers. "And
we should find benefit not only in supplying each other's products,
but also in correctly arranging the process, ensuring quality and the
necessary terms. MMK is currently implementing an ambitious programme
aimed at improving the accuracy of our deliveries to our customers.
And I can proudly say that we have achieved a lot in this regard. I
am sure that we will also be able to further develop partnerships
with you in terms of delivery accuracy, quality and guarantees, as
well as the services you can offer us. That is why we decided to
recognise the best of the best among our suppliers every year,"
said Pavel Shilaev.
This year, the organisers did not only award the
prize for certain categories of material and technical resources, but
also included a nomination reflecting specific achievements by
companies. For example, Gazpromneft-Lubricants, the winner in the
fuel and lubricants category, was recognised as the best in the "Open
Pricing Leader" category.
In total, Best Supplier 2021 awards were given in
13 categories. The winners include IMS Service (Leader in Unique
Digital Solutions for Production), METALLOINVEST (Leader in
Sustainable Supply Chain) and ROU Co (Leader in Economic Efficiency).
The winner in the Energy Resources category,
Magnitogorsk Energy Company, received an honorary diploma in the
category "Leader of Mutually Beneficial Cooperation". At
the award ceremony, it was noted that the company supplies 100% of
the electricity required by MMK in Magnitogorsk, and also provides
the plant with a full range of services for organising electricity
metering and actively works with MMK to reduce the cost of purchased
An honourable mention in the category "Leader
of Innovation and New Technology" went to DHM GROUP, one of the
leaders in the comprehensive design, manufacture and implementation
of modern equipment for the steel industry and blast furnace
In the Services category, the winner in the
"Leader in Scientific Solutions for Manufacturing" category
was G.I. Nosov Magnitogorsk State Technical University. Magnitogorsk
State Technical University is a fully-fledged partner of the plant in
the implementation of research and development tasks. About 60% of
all MMK's R&D projects have been implemented since 2016.
An honorary diploma in the category "Leader
of Environmental Solutions in Metallurgy" was awarded to
Primetals Technologies Austria GmbH, which provides a complete set of
gas cleaning technologies. MMK and Primetals Technologies Austria
GmbH are currently implementing a major environmental project for the
construction of converter dust and gas separators and the iron
overflow department in the oxygen converter shop.
KOYO (JTEKT Corporation), a supplier of bearings,
was recognised in the category "Consistently High Supply
Quality". An honorary diploma in the "Strategic Partnership
Leader" category was awarded to TMK, which not only supplies
high-quality pipes to MMK, but is also the Company's largest consumer
of steel products intended for the pipe industry.
The supplier of electrical equipment,
Electrotechmontazh, was recognised as the winner in the "Best
Online Shop Project" category. The winner in the nomination
"Leader in TCO solutions (Total cost of ownership)" was
WALZEN IRLE GMBH, the main supplier of MMK's high-chromium roughing
rolls for hot-rolling mill 2500 in sheet rolling shop No.4. Finally,
Chelyabinsk Electrometallurgical Plant, Russia's largest producer of
ferroalloys, won in the "Import Substitution Leader"
At the conclusion of the gala event, Pavel
Shilyaev, MMK CEO, thanked the winners for their cooperation and
expressed confidence that these partnerships would remain as fruitful
and transparent as ever.