The major pipe enterprises of Ukraine in January-March 2018 increased production of pipes by 10.7% compared to the same period last year, to 268,800 tonnes, including in March they manufactured 99,000 tonnes. The Economic Development and Trade Ministry of Ukraine told Interfax-Ukraine that enterprises, which are not members of the Ukrtruboprom association, cut production by 9.4% year-over-year, to 72,600 tonnes, including 28,100 tonnes made in March.
Mariupol Illich Steel Works, which is not a member of the association, increased pipe production by 8%, to 35,100 tonnes (15,100 tonnes in March), while Kominmet decreased it by 21%, to 37,600 tonnes (13,000 tonnes).
The Ukrtruboprom association told Interfax-Ukraine its enterprises in January-March 2018 increased pipe production by 21%, to 196,200 tonnes, in March making 70,900 tonnes.
Pipe production at Interpipe Nyzhniodniprovsky Pipe Rolling Plant in the period rose by 28.6% compared to January-March 2017, to 72,400 tonnes (25,900 tonnes in March), Interpipe Novomoskovsk Pipe Plant increased output by 33.9%, to 24,500 tonnes (9,000 tonnes in March), while Interpipe Niko Tube raised production by 22.9%, to 88,600 tonnes (32,600 tonnes in March).
Dnipropetrovsk Pipe decreased pipe production by 21.2%, to 5,200 tonnes, making 1,500 tonnes in March. Production at Centravis grew by 9.1%, being 4,800 tonnes of stainless pipes (1,700 tonnes in March).
Pipe production at Trubostal remained unchanged, being 700 tonnes (200 tonnes in March).
Luhansk Pipe Rolling Plant, created on the basis of Luhansk Pipe Plant, and Khartsyzsk Pipe Plant (Donetsk region), located in the government uncontrolled zone, remained idle in January-March 2018.