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In January-June 2022, Zaporizhstal reduced output of rolled products by 46.6% compared to the same period last year, to 839,400 tonnes.
According to the enterprise on Friday, steel production decreased by 53.6% over six months of 2022, to 922,300 tonnes, and cast iron – by 48.1%, to 1.134 million tonnes.
In June of this year, the steel plant produced 146,900 tonnes of cast iron (43.1% compared to June 2021), 69,600 tonnes of steel (21.2%), 83,000 tonnes of rolled metal (50.2%).
“The decline in production compared to the same period last year is associated with a shortage of raw materials and logical problems caused by full-scale hostilities on the territory of Ukraine,” the press release explains.
At the same time, it is recalled that in connection with the aggravation of hostilities in the region since the beginning of March, Metinvest Group has transferred part of the equipment of Zaporizhstal to the hot conservation mode. At the end of March, Zaporizhstal partially resumed the work of the cold rolling shop for production and shipment of cold rolled coils to the European consumer. A month after the forced shutdown, the plant took the equipment out of conservation and partially resumed production. Since April 2022, the plant has been operating at an average of 50% of its capacity.
It is also reported that the Ukrainian defenders received another batch of ammunition and drones from Zaporizhstal of Metinvest Group. So, over the past two weeks, Zaporizhstal has handed over 2,100 body armor, 1,000 Kevlar helmets, as well as three reconnaissance drones to the servicemen of the National Guard of Ukraine and the territorial defense, who protect Zaporozhia and Dnipropetrovsk regions.
Zaporizhstal is one of the largest industrial enterprises in Ukraine, whose products are in great demand among consumers both in the domestic market and in many countries of the world.

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Zaporizhstal metallurgical plant, part of Metinvest, after a partial resumption of production, continues to operate at 50% of its capacity, Oleksandr Myronenko, general director of Zaporizhstal, said in an interview with the Segodnya newspaper.
According to him, there are currently problems with logistics – the supply of raw materials and the shipment of finished products.
At the same time, it is noted that due to significant problems with logistics and overstocking of railway crossings, Zaporizhia metal enterprises are forced to consider options for reducing production.
“Problems with logistics have not been resolved. We have significant problems with the shipment of our products to customers in the EU. Before the war, all our routes passed through ports, but they are not yet available. Now we have significant overstocking at border crossings in western Ukraine. All this forces us to consider the option of reducing production, because our products simply cannot be transported across the border,” Myronenko explained.
He noted that the leaders of the enterprise are doing everything possible to maintain the volume of exports and the inflow of foreign currency into the country, in particular, they provide additional equipment for reloading products at the border with the European Union. In addition, together with the Cabinet of Ministers, they are looking for ways to solve problems with logistics.
Earlier, other enterprises of the country announced problems with logistics.
Zaporizhstal is one of the largest industrial enterprises in Ukraine, whose products are in great demand among consumers both in the domestic market and in many countries of the world.

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Zaporizhia metallurgical plant Zaporizhstal has mastered the production of double-mass cold-rolled coil without a welded seam – the first batch of a new type of rolled metal for the construction industry has already been shipped.
According to the information of the company on Friday, the plant mastered the first new type of product this year – a cold-rolled coil of double mass without a seam with dimensions of 1.5-2.0×1370-1500 mm. The enterprise has already shipped 3,600 tonnes of a new type of rolled metal for the construction industry.
The company said that a request had been received from potential consumers from Europe.
“They wanted rolls of the fourth type of rolled products with a width of 1500 mm, but at the same time the weight of the rolls would be at least 9 tonnes. We had already produced similar products before, but it was necessary to review the technology. We almost immediately began to develop a new type of rolled products,” Deputy Head of the cold rolling shop (CHP) in charge of production Serhiy Kuzmenko, who is quoted by the company’s press service, said.
He added that the new technology was developed quickly: 14 days passed from the client’s request to the production of the first trial batch of rolls.
At the same time, earlier the company produced rolls weighing up to 8 tonnes and 3.8 mm thick. To obtain such a coil, two lightweight coils were welded in the BTA-4 line in the cold rolling shop and coils with seams were obtained. Now the production technology has changed. New coils are produced in the hot rolling shop, and their thickness is changed in the cold rolling shop. Thanks to the new production technology, it was possible not only to master a new type of product, but to save about UAH 1 million due to its implementation.
In addition, the efficiency of the pickling unit and the efficiency of the rolling mill have increased. Also, due to the fact that products are packaged not in small rolls up to 8 tonnes, but in large ones, up to 16 tonnes, the cost of packaging materials is almost halved, the company said.

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Zaporizhia Metallurgical Plant Zaporizhstal, a member of Metinvest Group, reduced its net loss by 15.1% in 2020 compared to the previous year, to UAH 3.678 billion.

According to the company’s report, the consolidated net loss for this period decreased by 19%, to UAH 3.142 billion.

The negative financial result before tax in 2020 decreased by 9%, to UAH 4.500 billion, the consolidated pre-tax loss – by 11.8%, to UAH 3.965 billion.

At the same time, net income decreased by 1.9%, to UAH 45.631 billion, consolidated net income – by 1.8%, to UAH 45.376 billion.

Retained earnings by the end of last year amounted to UAH 13.073 billion, consolidated retained earnings – UAH 16.788 billion.

Zaporizhstal is one of the largest industrial enterprises in Ukraine, whose products are in great demand among consumers both in the domestic market and in many countries of the world. The plant specializes in high-quality hot-rolled steel coils, hot-rolled sheets, cold-rolled sheets, cold-rolled coils made of carbon and low-alloy steels, as well as steel strip, black plate, bent sections.

The main consumers of the products are manufacturers of welded pipes, enterprises of automobile, transport, agricultural engineering, manufacturers of household appliances.

Zaporizhstal cuts output of rolled products in 2020

In 2020, Zaporizhstal metallurgical plant reduced the output of rolled products by 4.3%, to 3.204 million tonnes compared to the previous year.

According to the company’s press release, steel production last year decreased by 5.5%, to 3.784 million tonnes, while pig iron production increased by 2.5% to 4.471 million tonnes.

In December, 397,500 tonnes of pig iron, 345,600 tonnes of steel, and 287,600 tonnes of rolled products were produced, in November 387,600 tonnes of pig iron, 329,200 tonnes of steel, and 275,100 tonnes of rolled products.

“Zaporizhstal has strengthened its position in the markets due to the transformation of work with consumers: high discipline of order fulfillment and customization are on the same level as the quality of supplied products. Therefore, we finished 2020 with decent results and plans for 2021,” Zaporizhstal Director General Oleksandr Myronenko said.

Zaporizhstal is one of the largest industrial enterprises in Ukraine, the products of which are in a great demand among consumers in the internal market and in many countries of the world. The plant specializes in high quality hot-rolled steel, hot-rolled sheet, cold-rolled sheet, cold-rolled coil of carbon and low-alloy steels, as well as steel tape, black sheet, and a bent profile.

The main consumers of the products are manufacturers of welded pipes, automobile, transport, agricultural engineering enterprises,and household appliances.

Zaporizhstal is in the process of integration into Metinvest Group, the main shareholders of which are PJSC System Capital Management (71.24%) and Smart-Holding group of companies (23.76%).

Metinvest Holding LLC is the managing company of Metinvest Group.



Zaporizhstal metallurgical plant, affiliated with Metinvest Group, topped the list of the largest recipients of VAT refunds in March 2020 with UAH 859 million, which is more than twice as much as in February (UAH 404 million).
According to the State Treasury Service, Zaporizhstal is followed by ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih mining and metallurgical plant, which increased its tax refund indicator from UAH 579 million in February to almost UAH 611 million in March.
At the same time, Kernel-Trade agro-exporter, the leader among VAT refunds recipients in February, worsened its result by almost 2.3 times and ranked third with UAH 473.5 million (UAH 1.075 billion in February).
The five largest recipients of VAT refunds also included Glencore Agriculture Ukraine enterprises with UAH 450.7 million (there were no data on reimbursement last month) and ADM Ukraine with UAH 405.7 million (UAH 428 million in February).
The companies are followed by AT Cargill with UAH 334.7 million (data were not available in February). Mariupol-based Illich Steel Mill, affiliated with Metinvest Group, almost halved its result to UAH 313.4 million, while in February it received UAH 604 million.