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October 19, 2021

MMK certified under Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance standard

Magnitogorsk Iron & Steel Works successfully passed an audit of its quality management system (QMS) for compliance with the ASES standard – a single system for assessing suppliers of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance.

The ASES (the Alliance Supplier Evaluation Standard) system is a tool for evaluating the quality system of a supplier company and its use in production to ensure compliance with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance's standards. This grading system is available to all car manufacturers within the alliance. Avtovaz has also been using it since 2010.

During the audit, compliance with the ASES standard is determined by assessing suppliers’ QMS and production line (process indicator), as well as the number of reclamations (evaluating current results). A final rank is assigned at the end of the audit. During the current assessment, over three days, all major indicators of PJSC MMK’s production system were reviewed - from the application phase to working with suppliers. PJSC MMK received the final ‘B rank’ grade, which confirms the high level of its quality management system and qualifies the Company’s goods for use in future Alliance projects. Successfully passing the audit was made possible by the well-coordinated interaction of all of MMK’s divisions in developing and maintaining the quality management system and its processes.

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance is the primary customer of PJSC MMK's automotive-grade rolled steel. Working with automakers is one of the plant's top priorities in terms of production and sales. Under its strategic initiative ‘Supplier No. 1 for the most demanding clients of the automotive industry in the domestic market’, the Company has been developing production of automotive sheets, a high-quality alternative to imports. PJSC MMK is now a leading supplier of ferrous metal products to automakers and associated businesses. The Company accounts for almost half of the entire volume of rolled steel supplied to Russian car manufacturers. Quality is particularly important to the Company. To minimise inconsistencies, PJSC MMK actively employs the 8D approach, which helps improve quality by analysing the reasons for faults detected in direct interaction with consumers of rolled metal products.

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