Steel produced by ArcelorMittal in Ostrava will be part of the tram cars that will transport fans and players during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

ArcelorMittal Engineering Products Ostrava, a subsidiary of ArcelorMittal Ostrava, has won a contract to manufacture more than 1,000 axles for new tram cars. 

“We have more than 60 years of experience in tram axle manufacturing. We will have completed the production of all axles for the new type of tram that will be used during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, by November this year so that the delivery and assembly are completed in time,” said Daniel Doležal, sales and marketing manager at ArcelorMittal Engineering Products Ostrava.

The axles will be part of the new 71-931M "Vityaz-M" tram cars which will transport fans and players alike during the World Cup. The new, low-floor tram is an improved version of the 71-931 "Vityaz" model, and can accommodate up to 265 passengers. The axles manufactured by the ArcelorMittal engineering plant in Ostrava will be used for approximately 150 tram cars.

ArcelorMittal Engineering Products Ostrava mainly delivers tram axles to its domestic partners. The finished tram cars are then delivered, not just within the Czech Republic, but also to Slovakia, Hungary, France, Turkey, Russia and Ukraine.