Ruukki's Special Steels for the Mining and Transportation Industries

     Ruukki's Special Steels for the Mining and Transportation Industries

  PR Newswire

  HELSINKI, Finland, August 30, 2013

HELSINKI, Finland, August 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Ruukki, a European manufacturer of steel, supplies special steels for all
applications requiring wear-resistant or high-strength steels. In South Africa
Ruukki's customers operate especially in the mining sector.

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The direct-quenched Raex wear-resistant steel is made in a range of
thicknesses from 2 mm up to 80 mm. Raex steels can be used, for example, to
manufacture parts for heavy machinery and equipment designed for excavation,
loading, transporting and crushing ore in mines. Such parts include the
buckets for excavators and front-end loaders, tipper bodies for heavy
earthmoving machinery, mine conveyor systems, crushers, silos and hoppers.

Raex wear-resistant steels prevent the wear and damage of structural parts and
decrease repair costs for mining and road building machinery. The lifetime of
a bucket made of Raex can be between 2 or 3 times more than that of structural
steels. In applications that require increased payload, the use of
wear-resistant Raex and high-strength Optim steels can reduce the thickness of
steel and the weight of tipper bodies by 20%. 

Raex wear-resistant steels have excellent cutting, bending and welding
properties. Made using a direct quenching method developed by Ruukki, Raex
wear-resistant steels have a hard steel surface and strong microstructure. The
method improves the properties of wear-resistant steels and makes them
consistent in quality.Ruukki's technical customer support offers technical
advice and co-operation to customers.

Ruukki aims to have its sales network covering all main market areas to enable
even faster and more flexible service. In South Africa, Macsteel VRN is
Ruukki's distributor of Raex wear-resistant and Optim high-strength steel
products.

Ruukki is committed to continuous sustainable development and was included in
the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for the fifth year running in 2012.
Ruukki not only takes energy efficiency into account in production processes
and investment decisions, but also in the manufacture of special steels. This
is how it enables customers to make energy-efficient machinery and equipment.

Ruukki specialises in steel and steel construction. We provide customers with
energy-efficient steel solutions for better living, working and moving. We
have around 9,000 employees and an extensive distribution and dealer network
across some 30 countries including the Nordic countries, Russia and elsewhere
in Europe and the emerging markets, such as India, China and South America.
Net sales in 2012 totalled €2.8 billion. The company's share is quoted on
NASDAQ OMX Helsinki (Rautaruukki Oyj: RTRKS). http://www.ruukki.com .

For more information , please contact:Tony Harris, Vice President, Sales
Ruukki Metals, Sales Western Europe & Africa Tel. +44(0)12-17-047329 Media
contact: Jaana Henttonen, PR Manager, Ruukki Metals jaana.henttonen@ruukki.com
Tel. +358-40-844-2976.