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“Zaporizhstal” increased shipment of rolled steel by 1.8% and steel production by 10.5%

3 July , 2023  

Zaporizhstal steelmaker Zaporizhstal in January-June this year increased shipment of rolled steel by 1.8% compared to the same period of the last year – up to 844.2 thousand tons.
According to the company, smelting steel during this period rose by 10.5% to 1 million 18.9 thousand tons, and iron – by 1.1%, to 1 million 145.8 thousand tons.
In June 2023, Zaporizhstal produced 131.9 thousand tons of cast iron (in June 2022 – 72.8 thousand tons), 159.4 thousand tons of steel (69.6 thousand tons), shipped 199.1 thousand tons of rolled steel (146.9 thousand tons).
“The increase in production levels in June 2023 compared to the same period last year was due to the withdrawal of blast furnace No. 2 from hot preservation mode and the adjustment of the operating mode of three blast furnaces,” the press release explains.
At the same time, production went down in May. Thus, in the previous month was produced 229.6 thousand tons of iron, 213.3 thousand tons of steel, but the shipment of steel was lower – 180.5 thousand tons.
It’s worth mentioning that due to intensified military operations in the region, since the beginning of March 2022 Metinvest Group has put some of Zaporizhstal’s equipment into hot standby. At the end of March of the same year the plant partially resumed cold-rolling shop operation for production and shipment of cold-rolled coils to European consumers. A month after the forced shutdown the mill put the equipment out of conservation and partially resumed production. Since April 2022 the mill has been working at an average of 50% capacity.
As it was reported, in 2022 “Zaporizhstal” decreased the output of rolled steel by 60.4% compared to 2021 – down to 1 million 304.3 thousand tons, steel – by 61.7% to 1 million 491.3 thousand tons, iron – by 54.3%, to 2 million 9.9 thousand tons.
“Zaporizhstal” is one of the biggest industrial enterprises in Ukraine, which products are in great demand among the consumers on the internal market and in many countries of the world. The plant specializes in high-quality carbon and low-alloy steel coils, hot-rolled plates, cold-rolled sheets, cold-rolled coils, as well as steel straps, tin plates, formed sections.
Main consumers are producers of welded pipes, enterprises of automotive, transport, agricultural engineering, producers of household appliances.
“Zaporizhstal is currently in the process of integration into Metinvest Group the main shareholders of which are CJSC “System Capital Management” (71.24%) and Smart Holding group of companies (23.76%).
Metinvest Holding LLC is the management company of Metinvest Group.

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