Dmitry Furmanov has been appointed general director of NLMK Ural, a leading Russian manufacturer of square billet, rebar and wire rod.

In his new capacity, Dmitry will be responsible for the further improvement of operational efficiency and execution of the new cycle of NLMK Group’s strategy. He succeeds Sergey Babiy, who has joined the NLMK Production System development project office.

Dmitry Stopkevich, CEO of NLMK Russia Long Products Division, commented: “I would like to thank Sergey Babiy for his six years of successful leadership at NLMK Ural. Under his direction, the plant succeeded in boosting labour productivity and product quality, and added new steel grades to the product mix. Responding to the decline in the Russian construction segment, NLMK Ural expanded its market presence by entering export markets and started developing new sales channels to reach end consumers. I am confident that Dmitry Furmanov's experience and expertise will contribute to the company’s ongoing growth and further bolster its position in the market.”