Why does Ukraine beat Danieli from Friuli?

Why does Ukraine beat Danieli from Friuli?

"An Italian company is helping Russia to manufacture nuclear reactors for submarines and armor for tanks," claims a Ukrainian communications agency.

"An Italian company helps Russia to manufacture nuclear reactors for submarines and armor for tanks". This is the complaint that comes from Truman , a Ukrainian public relations agency. The company against which the Ukrainian agency points the finger is Danieli , a steel company based in Buttrio (Udine) with activities also in Russia.

Danieli's plants in Russia

Danieli is a Friulian multinational with a turnover worth 2.786 billion euros and which closed the last six months with revenues of 1.57 billion (+ 23%) and an order book of over 4 billion.

Danieli has offices all over the world : Brazil, China, India, Thailand, Japan, Korea, France, Germany and also, among many others, Russia . There are three offices in Russia : Danieli Volga LLC in Dzeržinsk, which includes a production unit, a design center and a service center, the Danieli Volga Branch in Magnitogorsk with a service center and Danieli Russia Engineering LLC another service center in Fly.

Danieli's orders from Russia

At the beginning of 2022 Danieli had obtained two important orders for the construction of steel plants. The first came from the Russian steel company Balakovo which had ordered a new green plant for the production of rails, beams and profiles. A project worth around 250 million euros . The second from the Magnitogorsk Iron & Steel Works (Mmk) group: an order worth around 120 million euros for the supply of technologies for the installation of four new reheating furnaces . Previously, the Friulian multinational had obtained a contract for the construction of the first green steel plant in Russia : a steel plant worth 430 million euros on behalf of OMK , one of the leaders in the steel industry in the Eastern European country. The signing ceremony of the contract, in the Palazzo della Regione, was broadcast by videoconference between Moscow and Trieste . The president of the Region, Massimiliano Fedriga , the engineer Gianpietro Benedetti, president of Danieli, participated in the signing, and in connection from Moscow there were, among others, the Minister of Industry of the Russian Federation, the Italian ambassador and the top by Omk and Danieli Russia. By 2024 the plant should have seen the light, employing about 2 thousand people . These contracts confirm that the Danieli group has managed to strengthen its role in the supply of technologies intended to govern the transition towards decarbonisation on the world steel market.

Stop trade with Russia

Rolando Paolone , CEO of Danieli, interviewed at Expo 2020 Dubai, had stated that a closure of the world to Russia would have caused "a major slowdown" on their market, but " the impact will not be devastating " because Moscow is not their only one customer, and the answer will be "look the other way ". To contradict the manager Paolone the statements of the chief marketing officer Alberto Perin , after the chief technology officer of the group had not ruled out a stop in the aftermath of the invasion of Ukraine. "Our Cto made a forecast in the event of a definitive escalation. and irreversible ”, explains Perin. For Danieli, Russia represents about 10% of revenues.

Truman's accusation

And according to the Ukrainian agency Truman , things would have turned out just like that. “ Danieli provides its services to numerous Russian companies . One of these is the Viksun metallurgical plant, which produces pipes for the Nord Stream II – reads the press release released by Truman -. Danieli also continues to collaborate with Kamensk-Uralsky Metallurgical Works , which produces specific parts for Russian aircraft . This company belongs to a Russian tycoon Viktor Vekselberg who is under sanctions. Danieli also maintains business relations with another sanctioned Russian: Alexei Mordashov , the owner of Severstal ”. The press release starts from an article by Anton Shvents in which he claims that "on April 13 the company" Corporatsiya Krasnyi Oktyabr "expressed its gratitude to Danieli in an official press release for the continued collaboration". According to Truman, Corporatsiya Krasnyi Oktyabr “is one of the largest steel producers in the country. It produces pressure vessels for nuclear reactors of Russian submarines and armor for Russian state-of-the-art T-14 “Armata” tanks. Hence Truman's accusation against Danieli of " helps Russian companies to build nuclear reactors for submarines and armor for tanks " and as Shvents writes " Danieli confirmed the continuation of relations with a company involved in the production of tanks and submarines and did that in the background of the Bucha massacre and siege of Mariupol ".

The allegedly censored blog

Finally, according to what was reported in the Truman communiqué, a group of Ukrainian volunteers would have created a website "to publish all the information on how Danieli continues to work with Russia and the Kremlin regime". At this point "Danieli accused the volunteers of stealing his sensitive personal information and hired IntSight cybersecurity experts from the United States." The site is currently unreachable.

The version of the Italian group is now awaited.

(article being updated)


This is a machine translation from Italian language of a post published on Start Magazine at the URL https://www.startmag.it/primo-piano/perche-lucraina-picchia-contro-la-friulana-danieli/ on Thu, 28 Apr 2022 13:32:44 +0000.