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
Media contact: Jaana Henttonen, PR Manager, Ruukki Metals
email@example.com Tel. +358-40-844-2976.