MOSCOW, June 13, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mechel OAO (NYSE:MTL) , one of the leading Russian mining and metals companies, reports that hot testing of rail rolls production at Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant's universal rolling mill has begun. As part of hot testing, first rolling of R-65 100-meter rails was successfully conducted. This is the first type of rail rolls that the universal rolling mill is capable of producing. Further mastering production of rail steel products will be held as scheduled. The new mill's annual production capacity totals over 1 million tonnes of structural shapes and rails. When at full capacity, the mill will annually supply up to 400,000 tonnes of high resistance to wear and contact endurance rails for high-speed running, as well as rails for use in low temperatures. The mill's new production will encourage development of related industries in Russia, ensure supplies of high-quality steel products on competitive prices for Russian Railways OAO and construction companies, as well as decrease their dependence on imports. Also, the mill's launch will help resolve several social issues on regional level, such as creating over 1,000 new jobs. "With the launch of the rail production's hot testing we began the second stage of preparing for the universal rolling mill's launch, which will soon reach completion when we fully master production of other steel profiles — both structural shapes and high-quality rails," Mechel OAO's Vice-President for Technological Development Andrey Deineko said. Mechel is one of the leading Russian companies. Its business includes four segments: mining, steel, ferroalloy and power. Mechel unites producers of coal, iron ore concentrate, nickel, ferrochrome, ferrosilicon, steel, rolled products, hardware, heat and electric power. Mechel products are marketed domestically and internationally. Some of the information in this press release may contain projections or other forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial performance of Mechel, as defined in the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. We wish to caution you that these statements are only predictions and that actual events or results may differ materially. We do not intend to update these statements. We refer you to the documents Mechel files from time to time with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Form 20-F. These documents contain and identify important factors, including those contained in the section captioned "Risk Factors" and "Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements" in our Form 20-F, that could cause the actual results to differ materially from those contained in our projections or forward-looking statements, including, among others, the achievement of anticipated levels of profitability, growth, cost and synergy of our recent acquisitions, the impact of competitive pricing, the ability to obtain necessary regulatory approvals and licenses, the impact of developments in the Russian economic, political and legal environment, volatility in stock markets or in the price of our shares or ADRs, financial risk management and the impact of general business and global economic conditions.
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