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In the market economy environment, quality, reliability and speed are one of the basic requirements for the participants of the railway market, and high-speed and reliable logistics routes are needed to comply with above requirements. Reliability and speed are just the main indicators that all operators of railway networks are striving for, in connection with which the modernization of railways has been actively developing in recent years. For this purpose, the most modern enterprise for the production of rails on the territory of the post-Soviet countries - Aktobe Rail and Section Works LLP was built in the very center of the Great Silk Road. At the present time, in addition to "Differentially strengthened and non-heat-strengthened railway rails" and GOST R 51685-2013 "Railway rails. General specifications" rails of type R65 of  ДT350 category, the portfolio of ARBZ LLP products was replenished with a new highly demanded type of rails R65 of  ДT350CC category, meeting the requirements of quality standards, as well as Technical Regulation of Customs Union 003/2011 "On the safety of the railway transport infrastructure" by the majority of railway administrations. In order to obtain Certificates of Compliance, the company has overcome many stages of quality assurance: carrying out of laboratory tests for determination of mechanical properties, micro and macrostructure, bench tests, checking the operational reliability of rails. The successful completion of all tests proves that the rails produced at Aktobe Rail and Section Works fully meet the requirements of the standards for quality, reliability and safety. Many experts have already confirmed that for the moment the products manufactured by ARBZ LLP are one of the best in the world, but the enterprise moves beyond and is aimed at further improving of the quality of its products, increasing of the range and intending to master the production of new types of products by the end of the year. The obtained certificate for ДТ350СС rails increase opportunities of the enterprise for export of its products, since differentially heat-strengthened rails of ДТ350СС category are designed to be laid at high-speed combined traffic broad gauge railway lines used on high-speed lines with a speed of up to 250 km/h. The specified products provide smoothness and comfort movement of passenger trains, and also allow freight trains to increase speed. Rails for high-speed combined traffic can be used not only on all operating main trunks of Kazakhstan, but also throughout the CIS and have a huge potential.
First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Askar Mamin arrived with a business trip to Aktobe region. Upon his arrival to the region, the unique social facilities have been demonstrated to him in Aktobe. Askar Mamin visited a number of social facilities, become familiar with the progress of the implementation of public private partnership’s projects, work on food security, as well as the progress of road construction in Aktobe. During his visit of Aktobe Rail and Section Works LLP, Askar Mamin was acquainted with the production process from a heating furnace to the output of finished products. It should be noted that, the project was implemented in the framework of Industrial and Innovative development of Kazakhstan. The enterprise is the largest in the region and on a nationwide scale it stands among the companies that have been included into the Industrialization Map of Kazakhstan and it is the only producer of long (120 m) heat-strengthened railway rails according to R-65 standard in the EEAS territory. Generally, after reaching the full designed capacity in 2018 the plant will produce 430 000 tons of rolled products per year including 200 000 tons of heat-strengthened long (up to 120 m) rails for high-speed trunks and 230 000 tons of sections for construction sector. Samples of the output were demonstrated to Askar Mamin and he got acquainted with the production process of the goods. During plant tour, the guest was reported about the progress of industrial and innovative development program within the region. 83 projects (including 2 projects under the Republican Industrialization Map) had been implemented under the Industrialization Map during 2010-2015 and first half of 2016 which amounts to 523 billion tenge and about 7,6 thousand permanent jobs have been created.
ARBZ LLP is deemed to be an integrated part of railway transport field of the Republic of Kazakhstan. On the crusp of the professional holiday of all railway workers, we interviewed Mr. Sultanbek Toshkenbai, who is an Employee of a partner company with a huge experience in the field of railway transport. Currently he is Deputy Director of the Western Management Zhol Zhongshuyushi company which changed its name for Integra Construction KZ LLP in 2017 by the shareholder's decision.. How do you assess the development of railway transport in the Republic of Kazakhstan?: «If you look at the map of our country, you can see that the whole territory of Kazakhstan is permeated with the threads of the railway lines, and it is not surprising - 94% of passenger traffic falls within the railway. Previously, the rails were imported from various metallurgical plants, mainly rails were supplied from Russia and Ukraine. After the collapse of the Soviet Union and independence, the supply of rails from abroad so far created great obstacles in the form of various duties, additional expenses and taxes and time for issuing various additional documents. The construction of the plant in Kazakhstan freed us from these and other additional problems. The rhythm of life is accelerating, and we are trying to save time that we spend on the road, we choose the shortest routes, the fastest trains and the safest way of transportation, but due to wear of the railway tracks, both the freight and passenger trains go out of tracks, the reliability of transportation depends directly on the state of the railway track and on the quality of the rails».. Please tell us about your company's activities: «Our company is the largest enterprise in the Republic of Kazakhstan engaged in the construction, reconstruction and all types of repair of the track bed structure, main, industrial and access railways, the first private constructor of railway tracks in the history of independent Kazakhstan. The company has a full complex of modern construction machinery and equipment, a certified construction laboratory, a crushed stone plant, a team of professionals and a reliable satellite – Aktobe Rail and Section Works». Please tell us about your professional way in this field: «In 1983, after graduating from the technical school of railway transport in the city of Kyzylorda, my work activity in the railway field had begun. I started as a simple worker and grew up to become a manager, while working in the field of railway transport, I carried out many different tasks, for example: construction of railways and ensurance of safety for train traffic, fulfillment of production plans, budget planning for the enterprise, organization of uninterrupted operation of the enterprise and financial and operational activities. Directly participated in the construction of following railway lines: - 1983-1993: Aktobe -Turkestan, Nickeltau-Kandyagash, Beineu-Opornaya side tracks;       - 2003-2005: reconstruction of railway line sea port Aktau – Tengizchevroil for passing of bulky cargo from Tengiz oil deposit; - 2003-2005: Khromtau - Altynsarin; - 2006-2008: Zhem - Zhanazhol; - Arkalyk - Shubarkol;  - Zhezkazgan - Saksaul. Currently I am representing interests of the company within the territory of West Kazakhstan». What do you think, what opportunities gives the creation of such enterprises as ARBZ for the economy of the country? And in what projects were rails purchased from ARBZ used? «I am personally glad that this is the first innovative production of such profile, the only one at the territory of Kazakhstan and the entire Eurasian Economic Union is located in Aktobe. Acceptance of rails is carried out locally and I have the opportunity to be in the territory where such unique products is produced, which has proven itself on implemented projects, such as: - construction of the second railway lines Almaty-Shu; - construction of dry port on railway crossing of state border PR China-Kazakhstan Horgos; - construction of railroad complex “Nurly zhol”; - construction of ferry complex “Kuryk”; ARBZ products were used, namely 25 and 100 meter rails when constructing the above objects. When welding long strings up to 800 meter of ARBZ rails, the rails showed better results than those that were used before. Such factor has a good impact on development of national economy.»  What do you think, what are the advantages of ARBZ rails? “Technological processes are know-how, the production process is unique and the equipment of the Siemens VAI company installed at the plant is an integral part of this technology, the rail rolling mill is working within 24 hours, everything is strictly scheduled. The uniqueness of the Plant is the hardening system, which gives to the rails necessary mechanical properties. Such a hardening system exists in one plant only in China, that products are very well established. ARBZ is currently applying such technology to produce the goods that meet the requirements of international standards” Looking ahead we would like to know plans and future development of interrelations with ARBZ LLP «Our company is developing a market for services of the other countries and with this purpose representational office in Moscow, subsidiary enterprises in Belgrade (Serbia), Rome (Italy), Abu Dhabi (UAE) were opened. We are planning to use the products of ARBZ when working in the abovementioned countries, as in the future development of ARBZ it is planned to master 60E1 rails according to European standard. I really hope that development of ARBZ in the future will be closely linked with the development of our company, as strengthening our partnership relations». Sultanbek Tashkenbai Deputy Director of West Management Integra Construction KZ LLP  
During the visit to the site, B.Sagintayeva was informed about the features of production and demonstrated samples of the finished products. It should be noted that the plant uses new "Siemens VIA Metals Technologies", which allows using the produced rails on high-speed lines and lines with increased freight intensity. The plant's products are used in the construction of the second railway lines Almaty-1-Shu, as well as on the access roads to the under construction projects of the ferry complex at Kuryk port and Astana railway station complex. In general, it is planned to supply more than 600 thousand tons of rails until 2022 to modernize the backbone railway network of the Republic of Kazakhstan within the framework of a long-term contract for the purchase of rails between "NC" KTZ" JSCand "ARBZ" LLP. In addition to saturating the domestic market, Aktobe manufacturers send rail products for export to Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Belarus, Georgia, Turkmenistan, the Russian Federation, Estonia and Iran. According to the instruction, indicated by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan N.Nazarbayev in his Message "The Third Modernization of Kazakhstan: Global Competitiveness", further industrialization in the country will be continued with an emphasis on the development of competitive manufactures with high export potential, such as Aktobe rail and beam plant.
Over 70 thousand tons of rail products of Aktobe producers used in the construction of new Railways. About 500 kilometres of new rail production of Aktobe Rails and Section Works supplied and was laid on the highway railway network of the Republic. According to the Manager of the Directorate of highway railway network of JSC "NC "KTZ" Serik Aliyev, Aktobe rails are supplied for track repair work on all departments of the railway. Products of Aktobe producers from last year is actively used to lay the rail-sleeper grid links at the construction of new second railway line Almaty-1-Shu, as well as on access roads to the projects of the ferry complex of the Kuryk port and the railway station of Astana. For all three objects in 2016 was delivered about 14 thousand tons of rails. “Laying of long rails production of ARBZ, which are characterized by high operational and technical characteristics, increases the length of continuous sections of highway. This in turn provides high-speed movement of trains, reducing maintenance costs of rolling stock and also reduces travel time for passengers”- said S. Aliyev. For the modernization of main railway network under a long-term agreement on the purchase of rail, concluded between JSC "NC "KTZ" and LLP "Aktobe Rails and Section Works ", it is planned to supply more than 600 thousand tons of rails until 2022. In the current year under the contract will be delivered over 60 tons of rail to Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Belarus, Georgia, Turkmenistan, Russian Federation, Estonia and Iran.   Press-office of JSC “NC “Kazakhstan Temir Zholy”