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Improved Impact Strength for Extreme Conditions - new Ruukki Optim 700 QL1 High-Strength Steel

HELSINKI, April 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --



Ruukki's Optim portfolio of high-strength structural steels has been expanded with yet another new Optim grade. The new Optim 700 QL1 is a structural steel with improved impact strength properties. The impact strength of Optim 700 QL1 has been tested at a temperature of -60oC making it ideal for use in very demanding conditions and at sub-zero temperatures. Applications include cranes, load-bearing structures as well as frame structures and components of heavy machinery.

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"The strength and impact toughness of Optim 700 QL1 structural steel ensures the load-bearing capacity of even the most demanding lifting equipment and meets the applicable safety criteria also at low temperatures," says Tony Harris, Vice President, Sales Western Europe & Africa at Ruukki.

Ruukki is a leader in the development of high-strength special steels and has been manufacturing Optim high-strength steels since 2002. Ruukki's manufacturing programme includes the thinnest ultra-high-strength structural steels on the market. The new Optim 700 QL1 steel complies with the EN 10025-6+A1 standard. The steel is available in a thickness range of 6.00 - 60.00 mm. Processing of Optim steels is easy thanks to good formability, bendability, and weldability.

Ruukki also provides local technical and application support to help customers to get the most out of using special steels. Prompt and reliable deliveries are guaranteed by an extensive distribution and dealer network across some 30 countries.

Ruukki specialises in steel and steel construction. We provide customers with energy-efficient steel solutions for better living, working and moving. We have around 8,600 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 2013 totalled €2.4 billion. The company's share is quoted on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki (Rautaruukki Oyj: RTRKS).

http://www.ruukki.com

New Optim 700 QL1 is a structural steel with improved impact strength properties. Applications include cranes, load-bearing structures as well as frame structures and components of heavy machinery.

The strength and impact toughness of Optim 700 QL1 structural steel ensures the load-bearing capacity of even the most demanding lifting equipment and meets the applicable safety criteria also at low temperatures.

For more information, please contact:
Tony Harris, Vice President, Sales
Ruukki Metals, Sales Western Europe & Africa
[email protected]
Tel. +44(0)12-17-047329

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