Technical team number one and blast furnace number six at OJSC Magnitogorsk in Russia (MMK) are celebrating the 600,000,000th tonne of pig iron produced in a furnace commissioned in 1943.

Pavel Shilyaev, CEO of MMK congratulated blast furnace workers and said it was fitting that blast furnace number six should receive the honour of producing the six millionth tonne of iron, particularly as 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of victory in WWll.

“Clearly, this unit has changed dramatically in the 72 years that have passed. It has seen several reconstructions, a number of major repairs, and currently operates at a fundamentally new level,” Shilyaev said.