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In 2011, Rustavi steel LLC was established to acquire the assets of the Rustavi Metallurgical Plant. Rustavi Metallurgical Plant one of Georgia’s largest industrial enterprises, is situated 30 kilometres to the south of Georgia’s capital Tbilisi.
|Industry||Steel & Metals|
|Products||Pipes, Rebar, Square Billet, Pig Iron, Ferro Alloys, Mechanical Spare Part and Steel Constructions, Slag Products|
The Rustavi Metallurgical Plant was founded in 1948 as the first fully integrated metallurgical complex in the South Caucasus and produced steel, hot-rolled seamless pipes and various products made of pig iron, aluminium or iron. The Plant produced seamless pipes to meet the requirements of the oil fields of Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and the Middle East.
Today, the Plant’s new management and owners are embarking on a major programme of investment and re-structuring to re-establish the company in regional markets, and expand into new global markets.
The Plant is manufacturing reinforcing bars, seamless pipes, square billets, pig-iron castings, metal constructions, mechanical parts, shaped castings, granulated slag, silicon-manganese, lime and limestone.
To strengthen its market position, management’s first task is to increase the Plant’s production capacity. A systematic modernization and re-equipment programme is underway, new technologies are being introduced, training of young employees with the help of experienced professionals, has been given a priority.
The Plant currently exports to the European Union, US, Russian and Middle Eastern markets as well as to Armenia, Azerbaijan and Turkey.
The Rustavi Metallurgical Plant was acquired by the late Georgian Businessman Badri Patarkatsishvili via auction in 2005 for $35.5m and was managed by Badri Patarkatsishvili with the assistance of his employee and distant relative, Joseph Kay. Following Badri’s death in February 2008 Kay attempted to misappropriate various assets that belonged to Badri's widow, Inna Gudavadze and her family, including the Rustavi Steel plant, using a falsified will.
Under the government of Mikhail Saakashvilli, Kay was able to obtain a judgement at the Tbilisi court that prevented the Patarkatsishvili family from taking control of Badri’s Georgian assets, including Rustavi. In December 2008 Inna Gudavadze, launched an international arbitration claim against the Georgian Government, seeking the return of Rustavi and other assets including the TV station Imedi that had been seized by President Mikhail Saakashvili's Government.
In July 2011, the Patarkatsishvili family reached a settlement with the government that saw the return of Rustavi to the family.
In July 2014, the Chief Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia issued a criminal indictment to former President Mikhail Saakashvili and a group of state officials for their role in the illegal expropriation of the Georgian assets owned by the Patarkasishvili family.
- The Widow and the Oligarchs, Vanity Fair
- Georgians in feud over TV station, BBC News, 11 March 2009
- Patarkatsishvili's family gets Rustavi Metallurgical Plant back, Georgia Times, 22 July 2011
- Saakashvili and his team face up to 8 years in prison - Statement of the Georgian Prosecutor's Office, Sputnik, July 2014