Russia: Izhstal turns 257

Izhstal, a part of Mechel, is now 257 years old. The best employees received various awards and medals. “The works has a good history. Our task is to retain and multiply the labor traditions of Izhevsk metal makers and to continue the legacy began by our predecessors”, the company managing director Sergey Kozennov declared. (Ukrainian…

Russia: Evraz ZMSK assembling new converter

The second oxygen-converter shop of Evraz ZSMK has started assembling the new 320-ton converter. The project cost is 1.2 billion rubles. Converter No. 5 has been working at Evraz ZSMK for some 12 years. The replacement of the converter will decrease air pollution by 30%. The steel-smelting complex of Evraz ZSMK includes 5 converters and…

Russia: Rusal acquires share in Skad

Rusal acquires a share of the foundry and mechanical production facility Skad, producer of aluminum alloy car wheels, located in Krasnoyarsk region. Under the terms of the transaction, Rusal will own a stake in the authorized capital of Skad, while its founder Idris Zakriev will remain the Chief Executive Officer of the production facility. Skad…

Tajikistan: China mining company to invest $70 million in Pakrut Gold Project

China Nonferrous Gold Limited, the mineral exploration and mining company currently mining the Pakrut Gold Project in Tajikistan, intends to invest additional $70 million in the development of the deposit. According to the State Committee on Investment and State-owned Property Management of Tajikistan (GosKomInvest), an agreement on development of the Pakrut Gold Project in the…

Ukraine: terrorists want access to Avdiivka Coke

The representatives of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic, a terrorist organization supported by the Kremlin, demand access of their inspectors to Avdiivka Coke and Chemical Works on Ukraine-controlled territory because of the “ecological danger”. According to Denis Pushilin press-secretary Victoria Talakina, this was voiced during the Minsk meeting. She said, that during the military conflict…

Russia: gold refiners want zero VAT for metal refining

Russian gold refining companies want value-added tax (VAT) on metal processing abolished and the deadline for abolishing a zero import duty on raw materials that contain precious metals extended to make their operation profitable. Sergei Belov, a deputy CEO for gold refining at Krastsvetmet, said that gold refining plants had import duties on raw materials…

Ukraine: Metinvest to replace Russian raw materials with supplies from Canada and Australia

Metinvest, a Ukrainian steel and mining group, began diversifying raw material supplies in 2014 considering the risks for assets in uncontrolled areas of Donbas. “We considered various plans of action in case given risks were realized. We’ve been working on this since 2014. Therefore, even then we began to diversify our supplies of raw materials…

Ukraine: EMSS to produce machinery for INGOK

Energomashspetsstal has concluded another agreement with Ingulets Mining and Processing Works. The companies have been cooperating for over 10 years, The new contract presupposes the delivery of 17 parts for mining equipment with the total weight of 420 tons. Gear rings, trunnions, nozzles, etc. will be delivered to the customer in July-September. Last month EMSS…

Russia: Fitch affirms Metalloinvest rating with stable outlook

Metalloinvest has announced that Fitch Ratings (Fitch) confirmed the company’s long-term issuer default rating at ‘BB’ with a Stable outlook. In accordance with Fitch’s opinion reflected in the published release, Metalloinvest demonstrated financial resilience at times of volatile global pricing in iron ore and steel products and consistently reduced its absolute level of debt over…

Ukraine: Ukrmetallurgprom has optimistic forecast for May 2017

In May Ukrainian metal companies intend to produce 1.8 million tons of steel. According to Ukrmetallurgprom, pig iron and rolled metal output could stand at 1.6 million tons each, provided the situation does not change. For April Ukrmetallurgprom forecast pig iron output on the level of 1.5 million tons, steel – 1.7 million tons, rolled…