The Torex group of companies, the owner of the only steel producer in Russia’s Far East Amurmetal, has agreed to sell an unspecified stake in the plant to Hong Kong company Debang Guangdong International, Pavel Balsky, chairman of Torex board of directors, said on February 8.
“We have reached an agreement, under which our Chinese partners will buy a stake in our company, enter our shareholder capital, and undertake obligations to attract a large amount of cheap long-term money. They will bring new technologies to us, and we plan to raise the plant’s steel production capacity to 5-10 million tons a year in the next five to 10 years,” Balsky said.
In January the two companies signed a letter of intent to create a metals cluster basing on capacities of Amurmetal. Yao Xiaodong, chairman of Debang Guangdong, said that that a 10-year plan of the consortium included output of 30 million tons of metal products per year and establishment of a production and sales chain that would comprise production of raw materials, constant operation of smelters, production of finished products and export sales.
Balsky said that the sale of the stake to the Chinese company would not affect domestic supplies of the plant.
“The Chinese plan to produce high-added value products and export them to their traditional markets of Southeast Asia. We will continue working for the internal market as we did before,” he said. (Prime/Ukrainian metal)