Ukrainian metal and mining enterprises in January-March 2019 tentatively increased rolled steel output by 1.3% year-over-year, to 4.727 million tonnes.
According to the Ukrmetallurgprom association, steel smelting grew by 4.5%, to 5.498 million tonnes, while cast iron output decreased by 2.1%, to 5.178 million tonnes.
In March 2019, Ukrainian metal companies produced 1.799 million tonnes of cast iron (114.7% to the previous month), 1.958 million tonnes of steel (116.1%), and 1.644 million tonnes of rolled steel (111.4%).
As reported, Ukrainian metal and mining enterprises in 2018 tentatively increased rolled steel output by 1% year-over-year, to 18.446 million tonnes. Steel smelting fell by 2%, to 21.06 million tonnes, and cast iron output increased by 2%, to 20.531 million tonnes.
Ukrainian metal and mining enterprises in 2017, taking into account the two months of operation of the enterprises on the government uncontrolled areas, reduced steel output by 12% year-over-year, to 21.284 million tonnes, rolled steel – by 14%, to 18.439 million tonnes, and cast iron – by 15%, to 20.035 million tonnes.
In 2016, Ukraine boosted steel output by 6% year-over-year, to 24.2 million tonnes, cast iron – by 8%, to 23.6 million tonnes, and rolled steel – by 6%, to 21.4 million tonnes.
Ukrainian metallurgical enterprises in February 2019 increased steel production by 5% compared to the same period in 2018, to 1.689 million tonnes, staying on 13th place in the ranking of 64 countries, the major global manufacturers of these products, compiled by the World Steel Association (Worldsteel).
A decrease in steel production in most of the top ten countries, except for China, India, the United States and South Korea was recorded in February.
The top ten producer countries in February are as follows: China (70.988 million tonnes, an increase of 9.2%), India (8.738 million tonnes, a rise of 2.3%), Japan (7.743 million tonnes, a drop of 6.6%), the United States (6.896 million tonnes, an increase of 4.6%), South Korea (5.471 million tonnes, a rise of 1.1%), the Russian Federation (5.23 million tonnes, a fall of 4.4%), Germany (3.12 million tonnes, a decrease of 9.4%), Brazil (2.662 million tonnes, a fall of 1.7%), Turkey (2.635 million tonnes, a drop of 12.5%), and Italy (2.046 million tonnes, a fall of 2.7%).
They are followed by Iran (2.015 million tonnes, an increase of 21.7%), Taiwan (1.815 million tonnes, a rise of 22.5%), and Ukraine (1.689 million tonnes, a rise of 5%).
Ukraine reduced crude steel production 1% year-on-year in January-November 2018 to 19.3 million tonnes, according to preliminary data.
The Ukrmetallurgprom (Dnipro) association told Interfax that roll output grew 1% to 16.835 million tonnes, and pig iron production rose 3% to 18.78 million tonnes.
Crude steel production was 1.744 million tonnes in November alone, down 2.5% from October, roll production was 1.473 million tonnes, down 3.6%, and pig iron 1.695 million tonnes, down 5%.
Ukrainian metallurgical enterprises intend to increase steel production by 5.6% in September 2018 in comparison with the planned figures for August, to 1.9 million tonnes from 1.8 million tonnes.
According to information from the Ukrmetalurgprom association, the plan for September also envisages the increase in total rolled steel production by 6.3%, to 1.7 million tonnes from 1.6 million tonnes, pig iron by 5.6%, to 1.9 million tonnes from 1.8 million tonnes.
According to the union, in July cast iron production stood at 1.77 million tonnes (108% from June 2018), that of steel some 1.82 million tonnes (106%), and rolled goods some 1.5 million tonnes (99%).
Ukraine in January-July 2018 produced iron ore concentrate in the amount of 35.28 million tonnes (99.7% against the same period in 2017), sinter some 18.13 million tonnes (106%), pellets some 12.55 million tonnes (110%), gross coke (6% moisture) some 6.31 million tonnes (106%), pig iron some 11.9 million tonnes (109% taking into account the work of enterprises in the uncontrolled area in January-February 2017, 114% excluding them), steel some 12.2 million tonnes (103% and 106% respectively), rolled products some 10.75 million tonnes (105% and 110% respectively), and pipes some 647,000 tonnes (108%).
The report says despite the loss of part of the capacity in the uncontrolled territory, in 2018 compared to the same period in 2017 there was an increase in production of the main types of goods.
“This became possible due to the stabilization of providing the enterprises with iron ore and coke, as well as the commissioning of blast furnace No. 3 at Zaporizhstal after reconstruction,” the report reads.
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.