The central region of Russia had always been an agricultural area. The ancient Russian city?
The central region of Russia had always been an agricultural area. The ancient Russian city Lipetsk was not an exception. That is why there is a wheat-car in its emblem. But why is there a coasting scoop, the sign of metallurgy, beside it? The first smelting furnaces were built in Lipetsk in times of Peter the First. Weapons which brought Victory to Russia were forged here for Peter's Army. Today the Novo-Lipetsk Metallurgical Plant is one of the largest Soviet industrial enterprises. Raw materials that are needed for smelting metal are near at hand - the iron ore comes from the Kursk Magnetic Anomaly and coal from Donbass. The stool is smelted in oxygen converters and electric furnaces and is transported from there to instalments of perpetual pouring. The Novo-Lipetsk enterprise attracts the attention of metallurgists from all lands. Specialists from Iran study the methods of work of Lipetsk masters. A unique rolling mill "2000" is in operation at the Nove-Lipetsk plant. Steel is rolled here for -large diameter gas pipes, steel sheets for ship-building, for agricultural and other technology. These clever machines now perform the hard manual work of man. Soon Indian engineers will operate such installations in Bakaro, where India is building a metallurgical plant with the assistance of the Soviet Union. The plans of the 9th Five Year Plan provide by 1975 a substantial increases of production and the enlargement of the assortment of steel and other types of metallurgical production. A large part of this production will be supplied by the metallurgists of Lipetsk.