Russian steelmaker MMK has retained its number one position as the top producer of flat and coated steel products in Russia.

The Russian magazine Metal Supply and Sales has published its traditional rating of the leading Russian metallurgical companies in the second half of 2019 and, once again, PJSC MMK took first place.

According to MMK, thanks to modern high-performance rolling mills launched at the plant over the last two decades, which focus on the production of high-quality flat products in high-margin segments, the company is a leader in the production of hot-rolled and cold-rolled products (the plant accounts for one-third of cold-rolled products in the Russian ferrous metals industry).

MMK continues to hold first place in the section of the rating dedicated to producers of galvanised and coated metal. The company claims to devote particular attention to the development of this sphere of production and currently has three continuous hot-dip galvanising lines (CGL) and two polymer coating units. In addition, the cold-rolling unit (Mill 2000) complex includes a combined continuous annealing/hot-dip galvanising unit and a CGL. The company is also a leader in the tinplate market.

MMK claims it is consistently expanding its range of manufactured steel products, thanks in part to the use of its Lysva Metallurgical Plant's equipment to produce electro-galvanised rolled products and premium products with a polymer coating, produced under the SteelArt and Moire brands. These products, says the company, consist of a metal base with a three-layer polymer coating, which accurately imitates the look and feel of natural materials – including stone, wood and brick – while at the same time ensuring a light-weight product with a lower cost of installation.

Two more companies from MMK Group were included in the rating by Metal Supply and Sales for the second half of 2019. Magnitogorsk Metalware and Calibration Plant MMK-Metiz entered the top three manufacturers of metalware products, and MMK Trading House retained second place in the list of best trading houses of steel mills.

The rating of leading manufacturers and suppliers of ferrous and non-ferrous metallurgy in the second half of 2019 is based on questionnaires received from buyers of steel products, the results of a survey of metal market experts and a comprehensive analysis of the companies' activities. The following criteria were taken into account when determining the best companies: business development dynamics, supply volume, level of service, product quality, reliability of the supplier in terms of performance of contractual obligations, and openness in providing information.