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It has become tradition that the sound of a ship bell opens the International Marine Fair BALTEXPO in Gdansk, whose thirteen's year was held on September 6 - 8. 2005.

It has become tradition that the sound of a ship bell opens the International Marine Fair BALTEXPO in Gdansk, whose thirteen's year was held on September 6 - 8. 2005.

Baltexpo

Baltexpo

A ship bell opened the marine fair

It has become tradition that the sound of a ship bell opens the International Marine Fair BALTEXPO in Gdansk, whose thirteen's year was held on September 6 - 8, 2005. The event was attended by 300 companies from 16 countries of the world, VÍTKOVICE STEEL was one of them.

The main reason why VÍTKOVICE STEEL participated at this exhibition was presentation of products for the shipping industry. The company was supplying plates for naval vessels as early as at the beginning of the past century. "Presently we supply each year some 170 thousand tons of high quality plates for various transatlantic ships, luxurious yachts as well as for ferries and we would like to attract also other customers," said Michal Baštinský, Head of Marketing in VÍTKOVICE STEEL, a.s. The fact that high-quality plates and also sections and cut shapes produced in Vítkovice attracted attention at this specific fair is attested by the number of negotiations held in the exposition of VÍTKOVICE STEEL. By its modern design the exposition was expressing the attitude of this steel company towards the world - its energy, boldness to drive new ways and maximum focus on the needs of the customer. And this is exactly the cornerstone of a successful communication with trading partners.

"BALTEXPO is one of the largest fairs of its kind in Europe," said Pawel Adamowicz, mayor of Gdansk. "This event is important for the city from the social point of view, and it helps the shipyards in the commercial area."
Although, according to one analytical company the demand for shipbuilding plates in 2004 - 2007 will be constantly growing, consumption of shipbuilding plates in Europe has been stable for many years. "In the last two years the supplies of VÍTKOVICE STEEL for the shipping industry were approximately at the same level," confirmed Baštinský. "And the largest share of this production is for shipyards in Poland and Croatia, while each country traditionally buys on average 60 to 80 thousand tons of shipbuilding plates each year. For this reason the participation at this international fair in the seaside town of Gdansk is very important for us. Other shipbuilding plates we supply mainly to the Czech Republic, Great Britain, Germany, Finland, and Turkey. The visitors of VÍTKOVICE STEEL's exposition had an opportunity to see several beautiful ships and ferries made of plates produced by VÍTKOVICE STEEL. One of such ships is a ship for car transport named Morning Courier, which was floated in a festive manner in June 2005 in the Polish shipyard STOCZNIA GDYNIA S.A. The ship with a length of 199.9 m, width 32.6 m and height of 32.74 m weighs 17 000 tons in total, while the weight of the plates supplied from VÍTKOVICE STEEL was 14 500 tons. Morning Courier, a ferryboat with a capacity up to 6600 cars, is the eleventh ship from twenty that have been planned so far the type of which will be completely the same and it is the eighth ship made from plates supplied by VÍTKOVICE STEEL. And the 3.5 Four-High Mill in VÍTKOVICE STEEL starts already rolling shipbuilding plates for the fourteenth ship the erection of which will start probably this fall.

A ship bell opened the marine fair.

A ship bell opened the marine fair.

A ship bell opened the marine fair.

A ship bell opened the marine fair.