Plant tours offered by Russian steelmaker

Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works (MMK) is now offering the general public a range of sightseeing tours.

There are currently three tours available: Taming the Fire, Dad at Work and On a Visit to the Metallurgists. 

Taming the Fire includes a visit to Russia’s largest blast furnace plant and ‘the unique complex’ of Mill 5000 where products are used to supply manufacturers of large diameter pipes, as well as shipbuilding and bridge construction companies. 

According to MMK, “The tour gives an insight into the glorious history of the plant, as well as into how the plant runs today.” Furthermore, a museum inside the plant shows the main stages of development of the company, from the first days of construction up to today. There are photographs, personal belongings, documents and other exhibits as well as unique miniatures and scale models of existing factories.

Dad at Work is aimed at children between the ages of five and 16. It offers a bus tour to all of MMK’s important industrial facilities. 

On a Visit to the Metallurgists, is aimed at children and teenagers and starts with a visit to the MMK museum.

Plant safety is of the utmost importance, says MMK, claiming that SOGAZ, Russia’s largest insurance company, covers each visitor. Before being allowed on the bus, young visitors must wear safety helmets and listen to an introductory safety talk prior to the tours commencing.

Audio headsets enable guests to hear crucial information about the facilities over the noise of steel production and there are also tour guides and trained specialists who will explain all aspects of the technology behind each form of production.

Students from the Magnitogorsk State Technical University were the first visitors to take the Taming the Fire tour on 16 October 2018. The group met with MMK CEO Pavel Shilyaev who told them that MMK has always sought openness and information transparency. “The idea to organise these tours came about as a result of the joint work of our management within the plant and the city administration, whilst we discussed the development of tourist attractions in Magnitogorsk,” Shilyaev said.

He said that the city of Magnitogorsk offered plenty of museums, theatres and monuments that were popular with visitors from all over Russia, but that the addition of a steel plant – one of the largest in Russia – would bring an extra dimension to tourism in the city.

“These guided tours were created for all those people who are interested in the history of our country, and the history of MMK, which is inseparable from it, and for all those who would like to see the scale of metallurgical production in Magnitogorsk with their own eyes,” Shilyaev told the visiting students.