Novokuznetsk Aluminium Smelter (NkAZ)
total capacity and utilisation rate, 99%
One of the world’s most technologically sophisticated smelters, KhAZ uses RA-300 electrolysis technology (patent rights held by the Group’s Metals segment) based on baked anodes. The smelter has one potline and one casthouse.
In 2017, a new Properzi continuous horizontal casting system was launched to manufacture new alloy types, with a total design capacity of 120 ktpa. The products are being manufactured for the automotive industry, including car wheel production. The new facility will ultimately enable KhAZ to ramp up its alloys output from 82 ktpa to 202 ktpa.
In 2018, KhAZ produced 87.5 kt of alloys (30% of the smelter’s total output).
Implementation of a radically new smelter management approach, Total Quality Management, in order to fully meet customer needs.