Russia: BASF and Norilsk Nickel to cooperate on raw material supply for battery materials production in Europe

BASF and PJSC MMC Norilsk Nickel (Nornickel) announced that they had signed a Memorandum of Understanding and entered exclusive negotiations to cooperate on the supply of raw materials for future battery materials production for lithium-ion batteries in Europe. BASF intends to invest up to 400 million euro in a first step to build industry-leading production…

Russia: CherMK sets new manufacturing record

Cherepovets Iron and Steel Works has set a new manufacturing record making 75 smeltings on two converters in one shift.

The new schedule on smelting has been prepared with the help of manufacture and orders planning department.

Severstal-Vtorchermet supplied enough scrap.

The previous record was set in June 2015 – 70 smeltings. (Ukrainian metal)

Russia: Severstal certifies rebars to Latvian standard

Severstal has received the certificate that the V550V steel for concrete reinforcement with the diameter of 10-32 mm produced by Cherepovets Iron and Steel Works meets all requirements of the Latvian state standards LVS 191-1:2012 and LVS 191-1:2012/AS:2015.

Severstal became the first foreign supplier of rebars to be certified according to these standards. (Ukrainian metal)

Ukraine: Kominmet on fire

On June 27 the Iron and Steel Works named after Komintern was on fire. “The roof of the manufacturing premises was in fire. The size of the fire was 250 square meters. There were no casualties”, the emergency service reported. According to the witnesses, the pipe shop was in flames. Kominmet produces steel pipes and…

Russia: Evraz reports hacker attack

Evraz has reported that its information system has been attacked by hackers.

“There was a malfunction in the net. The main manufacture is operating. There is no threat to the employees and the enterprises. The specialists are dealing with the situation”, the group said. (Ukrainian metal)

Russia: Weglokoks denies plans to import coal

Poland’s Weglokoks has no plans to import coal from Russia, the company said in a statement following a report by newspaper Rzeczpospolita that it plans to do so due to the lack of own production. “There are many possible directions of coal imports. They are currently being analyzed, but preliminary understanding of the markets already…

Kyrgyzstan: workers of Ak-Tyuz processing plant on strike

Employees of Georezerv TK CJSC are on an indefinite strike, Chairman of the Central Committee of the Mining and Metallurgical Trade Union of Kyrgyzstan Eldar Tadzhibaev reported. According to him, the workers completely stopped the work of Ak-Tyuz processing plant in connection with the non-fulfillment of the requirements for payment of wages, provision with overalls,…

Ukraine: VostGOK miners to strike

On June 20 the state enterprise VostGOK Ingulskaya mine was allowed to develop a new zone of uranium ores within the range of the blocks-of-flats in Kropivnitsky. At the same time Smolinskaya mine employees intend to go on a strike. VostGOK has been allowed to work at the site for 10 years, and the company…

Russia: Poland’s Weglokoks plans to import coal

Poland’s Weglokoks plans to import Russian coal. The company has already received consent from the government. Poland produces 80,000-110,000 tons of coal daily, but needs 150,000 tons. As a result, Poland can have an up to 5 million ton shortage in 2017. Weglokoks spokesman Pawel Cyz said that the company was considering various opportunities and…

Russia: RUSAL’s 3 plants in power outages due to power plant failures

Plants of Russian aluminum producer UC RUSAL in the cities of Bratsk, Irkutsk and Krasnoyarsk have had power outages due to setbacks on the Boguchanskaya GES and Berezovskaya GRES power plant units, the Energy Ministry said in a statement on June 27.

The details are being clarified, the ministry said. (Prime/Ukrainian metal)

CIS: pig iron output down in May 2017

In May Russia produced 4.3 million tons of pig iron, down by 2% YoY. In 5 months pig iron output dropped by 0.6% YoY, to 21.634 million tons. Ukraine in May decreased pig iron manufacture by 31.8% YoY, to 1.53 million tons, with 8.058 million tons produced in January-May, down by 20.9% YoY. Kazakhstan pig…

Uzbekistan: Almalyk improves polymetallic ores processing

In order to improve polymetallic ores processing at the Khandiza deposits, the processing factory has been reconstructed, adding 6 Ts-15 thickeners.

After that Almalyk Mining and Processing Works decided to construct another thickener. The construction is underway.

The new machinery will be put into operation in late August. (Ukrainian metal)

Russia: TMK opens first pipe-online shop

The Pipe Metal Company starts beta testing of the TMK eTrade – the first in Russia Internet store to sell pipe products. The store is expected to start functioning in full in September. At present TMK eTrade has the following services: pipe cost calculator based on a number of parameters (type and form, material, diameter,…

Armenia: Lydian Armenia exempt from customs duties

The Armenian government has freed Lydian Armenia, operating at Amulsar deposits, from paying customs duties on the import of equipment and raw materials. According to the minister of economical development and investments Suren Karayan, the company has already invested some 44 billion drams ($90 million). 180 billion drams more will be invested. The cost of…