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UKRAINE TO KEEP STEEL PRODUCTION IN AUGUST AT 1.8 MLN TONNES LEVEL

Ukrainian metallurgical enterprises intend to keep steel smelting in August 2018 at the level of planned indicators of July, at 1.8 million tonnes. According to the Ukrmetalurgprom association, the plan for August also provides for the preservation of total rolled steel production at the level of 1.6 million tonnes and keeping pig iron smelting at the level of 1.8 million tonnes.
According to its data, in June cast iron production totaled 1.63 million tonnes (103% compared to May 2018), steel production was 1.71 million tonnes (101%), that of rolled products some 1.52 million tonnes (98%).
In January-June 2018 production of iron ore concentrate stood at 30.22 million tonnes (99.5% compared to the same period in 2017), agglomerate at 15.43 million tonnes (106%), pellets at 10.63 million tonnes (109%), coke at 5.37 million tonnes (106%), pig iron at 10.15 million tonnes (108% taking into account the work of enterprises in the temporarily uncontrolled area and 114% without taking them into account), steel at 10.39 million tonnes (101% and 106% respectively), rolled products at 9.25 million tonnes (105% and 110% respectively), and pipes at 544,000 tonnes (109%).
“Despite the loss of part of the capacity in the uncontrolled territory, an increase in production of main types of goods was observed in the six months of 2018 compared to the same period in 2017. This became possible due to stabilizing the supply of iron ore raw materials and coke to the enterprises, as well as commissioning blast furnace No. 3 at Zaporizhstal after reconstruction,” the report says.

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LARGEST UKRAINIAN METAL HOLDING METINVEST ROLLS DOWN FROM 37TH TO 42ND POSITION AMONG STEEL MANUFACTURERS

Metinvest, the largest mining and metal holding in Ukraine, in 2017 was 42nd in the list of the largest global steel manufacturers with the volume of 9.59 million tonnes compared with the 37th position in 2016 with the volume of 10.34 million tonnes, the 40th position in 2015 with 9.65 million tonnes and 33rd position in 2014 with 11.18 million tonnes.
According to the World Steel Association (Worldsteel), last year ArcelorMittal with 97.03 million tonnes of smelted steel was first in the 2018 edition of World Steel in Figures.
It is followed by China Baowu Group with 65.39 million tonnes, NSSMC (includes Nippon Steel & Sumikin Stainless Steel Corporation, with 100% of shares, and Nisshin Steel (51%), USIMINAS (31.2%) with 47.36 million tonnes.
The editions of World Steel in Figures of 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015 did not contain other Ukrainian companies, apart from Metinvest. Industrial Union of Donbas (ISD), which was 44th in 2013 was not included in the next editions.
Worldsteel said that in 2017, Ukraine produced 21.3 million tonnes of steel and was 12th. Apparent steel use was 4.5 million and apparent steel use per capita was 101.5 kg.
Ukraine exported 15.2 million tonnes of steel products, being 12th in the global rating, while China was first and Russia was fourth.
Ukraine was fourth in net exports of steel in the world with 13.8 million tonnes (16.9 million tonnes in 2016, fourth). China was first with 60.9 tonnes and Japan was second with 31.2 million tonnes.

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UKRAINE RAISES STEEL OUTPUT BY 6% IN APRIL, RANKING 13TH IN WORLDSTEEL RATING

Ukrainian metallurgical enterprises in April 2018 increased steel production by 6% compared to the same period in 2017, to 1.721 million tonnes, rising from the 14th to 13th place in the ranking of 64 countries, the world’s main manufacturers of this product, compiled by the World Steel Association (Worldsteel).
In April growth in steelmaking compared to April 2017 was recorded in most of the top ten countries, except for Japan, Germany, and Turkey.
The top ten steel producers in April are as follows: China (76.698 million tonnes, a 4.8% growth), Japan (8.723 million tonnes, a 0.4% decline), India (8.692 million tonnes, a growth of 5.6%), the United States (6.930 million tonnes, an increase of 3.6%), Russia (6.030 million tonnes, an increase of 2.4%), South Korea (5.893 million tonnes, an increase of 7.1%), Germany (3.775 million tonnes, a 1.7% decline), Turkey (2.953 million tonnes, a 3.1% decline), Brazil (2.949 million tonnes, an increase of 1.9%), and Italy (2.061 million tonnes, an increase of 3.7%).
They are followed by Iran (1.950 million tonnes, an increase of 12.4%), Mexico (1.790 million tonnes, an increase of 13.7%), and Ukraine (1.721 million tonnes, an increase of 6%).
Some 64 countries in April 2018 produced 148.322 million tonnes of steel, which is 4.1% more than in April 2017.

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