The Elektrostal steel smelting enterprise (Kurakhove, Donetsk region) in January-July 2019 saw 65.5% decrease in production of continuous cast steel billets, to 62,000 tonnes compared to the same period of 2018.
As the representative of the enterprise told Interfax-Ukraine, the enterprise stood idle from January to the middle of March, and partially resumed its operation from the middle of March 2019. Now the enterprise is working to one third of its capacities.
It produced 10,000 tonnes of billets in July, 14,000 tonnes in June, 10,000 in May, 17,000 in April and 11,000 in March 2019.
Previously the reason for this situation is the rise in prices for scrap ferrous metal, which makes production unprofitable.
Elektrostal in 2018 reduced the production of continuous cast steel billets by 34.2% compared with 2017, to 289,000 tonnes.
Donetsk Metal Rolling Plant (DMPZ) since 2000 began to experience a shortage of purchased steel billets for its own rolling production, as a result of which it was decided to build a steelmaking enterprise – Elektrostal.
DMPZ specializes in the production and sale of metal products – long products, cast iron pipes, structural elements of ferrous metals, nuts and shovels.