EVRAZ VÍTKOVICE STEEL, a.s. is a leading European manufacturer of rolled steel products.
Since 2005, the company has been a part of prominent vertically-integrated steel and mining group, EVRAZ GROUP S.A.
Production of steel is done in converter steel plant. Equipment of the steel plant includes secondary metallurgy with vacuum station. Continuous casting of slabs follows the steel plant, part of the steel is cast into ingots.
Plates are manufactured on 3.5 m Four-High rolling mill from continuously cast slabs. Heavy section mill enables rolling of steel sections rolled from internal and in some cases also from external inputs.
Sep, 2015 - Czech Vitkovice Steel closes steel plant in Ostrava
Vitkovice Steel has shut its steel plant in the northeast of the Czech Republic, as planned, after deciding that needed investments would be too costly, the company said on Wednesday.
Vitkovice had announced the expected closure earlier this year and said on Wednesday that it would focus future production on heavy plates at the rolling mill adjoining the steel plant.
The firm said it would replace the missing output after the closure with deliveries from European and Russian suppliers.
By Viktor Macha in 2005.
Plant facts and figures
The plant have an annual capacity of 950000 tons.
The following processes are conducted in the plant:
- Steel making
- Rolling mill
This plant produces the following type of products:
The mill in the Ostrava city center was founded in 1828 already by archduke Rudolf von Habsburg and named “Rudolfshütte” after him. First coke fired blast furnace was built in 1836.
In 1843 the works were bought by banker Salomon Mayer Rothschild and the first bessemer converter is installed. In 1874 the Witkowitzer Bergbau- und Hüttengewerkschaft was founded.
In 1909 new open-hearth steel making shop was put into operation, Vitkovice ironworks became one the European leader in construction steel and heavy machinery. During the second world war the works were part of “Reichswerke Hermann Göring” and after nationalization in 1945 named as “Vitkovicke zelezarny Klementa Gottwalda”.
Outdated Talbot furnaces were decommissioned in 1967 and replaced by tandem furnaces. In 1972 3,5m quarto plate rolling mill was put into operation. First (72t) oxygen converter was launched in 1982 and the second one in 1991. Tandem steel plant was cooled down soon after. Last active blast furnace (no.1) was shutdown in 1998.
Between 2007-2017 the works was owned by Evraz group.
In September 2015 the steel plant was shutdown for good and today only the heavy plate mill and heavy section mill are in operation under the flag of Vitkovice Steel company.