Częstochowa Steelworks – metallurgical plant in Rakowo, a district of Czestochowa, one of the largest steelworks and the largest supplier of heavy metal sheets, including ship’s, tank and boiler’s sheet in Poland. The steelworks also produced sheets for pipelines and structural sheets, e.g. for reconstruction after the fire of the Łazienkowski Bridge in Warsaw.
Until 2019 the full name of the company was ISD Huta Częstochowa Sp. z o.o. In May 2019 the steelworks stopped production. On June 28th, the company’s management board filed a bankruptcy petition for ISD Huta Częstochowa with the Częstochowa court. On September 4, the District Court in Częstochowa announced the bankruptcy of the plant, and on September 19, receiver leased the steelworks for 12 months to Sunningwell International Polska sp. z o.o., which resumed production on September 30.
Ultimately, Sunningwell plans to purchase the Częstochowa Steelworks and assumes a maximum increase in productivity, as well as the simultaneous introduction of new investments in the area of metallurgy.
Częstochowa Steelworks is a company with traditions dating back to 1896, which for years was the largest company and employer in the city and region and played a great role in social, economic life and development of Częstochowa. For over 120 years of its existence, the Częstochowa Steelworks has produced a total of over 45 million tons of steel.
Since September 19, 2019, the steelworks has been leased by Sunningwell International Polska Sp. z o. o. Currently, its basic products are heavy plates for the engineering, shipbuilding, construction, mining and energy industries (including pipelines and gas pipelines) sold in Poland and for export, as well as prefabricates.
The advantages of the Częstochowa Steelworks are its experienced and professional staff:
- STEELWORK, which disposes of its own scrap yard and is equipped with an electric furnace, a Continuous Steel Casting Line and a vacuum installation, which enable production of high quality steel.
- PLATE MILL with halls with a total area of more than 20 hectares, where sheets of various grades with thicknesses from 5 to 120 mm are produced, including special sheets.
- PREFABRICATION DEPARTMENT, which manufactures prefabricated sheet metal elements, including elements of wind towers, construction machines and cargi, i.e. large-size tank casings.
- RAILROAD, owned by Częstochowa Steelworks, is connected to the railway network. The rolling stock for internal use and the metallurgical network of tracks with a total length of 49 km make it possible to supply raw materials and export products. Through them the Steelworks also provides services to external companies located in the nearby industrial zone.
The Ironworks has implemented an Integrated Management System, which includes:
- quality management system according to ISO 9001,
- environmental management system according to ISO 14001,
- occupational health and safety management system according to PN-N-18001,
- energy management system according to ISO 500001,
- laboratory management system according to ISO/IEC 17025,
They also work:
- Factory Production Control of structural steel sheets according to Regulation 305/2011/EU (CPR) and harmonised standard EN 10025-1,
- Factory Production Control of components and assemblies according to harmonised standard EN 1090-1,
- Welding production according to ISO 3834-2,
The certificates which the Ironworks holds concern the production of metal sheets:
- ship sheets (ABS, BV, DNV-GL, LR, RINA, RMRS, PRS),
- The Commission is assisted by the Committee on Construction (CPR 305/2011/EU),
- Boilers (PED 2014/68/EU and AD 2000-Merkblatt W0),
- according to DBS 918002-02 (HPQ).
The Ironworks is also a manufacturer recognised by the Office of Technical Inspection for manufacturing:
- steel sheets,
- of pressure and non-pressure equipment components,
- of crane equipment components.
The steelworks has its own laboratories:
- testing the chemical composition of steel, input and post-production materials,
- research into the radioactive activity of steel and powders,
- metallographic testing of ingots and sheets,
- testing of mechanical properties of sheets and welded joints,
- Non-destructive testing of metal products and welded joints (VT, UT, MT and PT),
- hardness testing of metal products,
- macroscopic and microscopic metallographic examinations.
The competence of the laboratories has been confirmed by the following certificates:
- accreditation of the Polish Centre for Accreditation No AB 1038,
- recognition of laboratories by the Office of Technical Inspection,
- the recognition of laboratories by TÜV-SÜD.
The laboratories of the Częstochowa Steelworks also offer the above mentioned tests to external entities.