Ukraine: EMSS to supply equipment to SMBW

Energomashspetstal has received an order from the Starokramatorsk Machine-Building Works for the supply of mining and metallurgical equipment. According to the company statement, it will produce gear-shafts, axles, rolls etc. “As per the contract, the equipment is to be shipped in October. The total weight of the products will be 78 tons”, said the statement.…

Ukraine: AZOTSM to close down Vtortsvetmet in Donetsk

Artemovsk Non-Ferrous Metals Processing Works has decided to close down its subsidiary Vtortsvetmet in Donetsk, as it simply can’t operate.
The subsidiary was responsible for leasing and exploitation of its own or leased real estate; fuel, ore, metal and industrial chemicals trade, as well as warehousing. (Ukrainian metal)

Ukraine: Interpipe to sell 565 million UAH worth of pipes to Ukrgazdobycha

The state-extracting company Ukrgazdobycha has accepted the offer of Interpipe for the delivery of casing pipes with the total weight of 11.35 thousand tons valued at 565.18 million UAH. The pipes will be supplied by 2017. Metall-Impex, Dniepropetrovsk Works of Drilling Equipment, Dniepropetrovsk Tube Works, Nefteservis, Energo-Invest and Business Global also participated in the trade.…

Ukraine: manganese output down in July 2016

In July Ukraine produced 139.5 thousand tons of manganese concentrate and sinter, down by 3.3% MoM, or by 4.7 thousand tons. According to the Association of Ukrainian Ferroalloy Producers, in January-July manganese output dropped by 31.8% YoY, or by 253.4 thousand tons, to 543.3 thousand tons. In June Ukraine produced 144.2 thousand tons of manganese…

Ukraine: DZM appoints acting CEO

Dniepropetrovsk Metal Structures Works named after Babushkin has dismissed Rustem Asilgareev from the office of the general manager and appointed Helen Tarasenko acting CEO instead. Asilgareev has been in the office for 15 months. Tarasenko has been appointed for an indefinite term. Previously she worked as the financial director of the company. Neither owns company…

Ukraine: square billet prices to go up

The state enterprise Ukrpromvneshexpertisa (UPE) believes square billet prices (FOB Black Sea) in September will increase by $15-20 per ton MoM, to $335-340 per ton. The company analysts expect the increase in demand on European markets in September, as well as in Turkey and Near East due to the start of the autumn construction period.…

Ukraine: ore prices to fall

The state enterprise Ukrpromvneshexpertisa (UPE) believes iron ore raw materials prices in October (Australian Fe 62% ore CFR China) will drop below $50 per ton on the world market. “We’re not yet sure how long it will last – a week, 2 or 3, but the prices will be below $50”, said the company analyst…

Russia: first scandium oxide output at Rusal

Rusal started the producing 99% scandium oxide. The market price of the new product is up to $2,000 per kg. The new product output started at the Urals Aluminum Smelter (UAZ) after the installation and launch of the pilot unit for the processing of scandium concentrate into scandium oxide. Experts at Rusal Engineering and Technology…

Russia: TAGMET starts producing new pipes

Taganrog Iron and Steel Works has produced a trial batch of pipes with external upset ends for TMK Neftegazservis-Buzuluk.

The first batch of pipes with 73 mm diameter was made at the SMS Meer press.

The need to start producing such pipes was due to the increasing demand from oil industry. (Ukrainian metal)

Russia: copper reserves at over 100 million tons

Russia’s copper reserves were over 100 million tons as of 2015 year-end and they are not depleted at all, Minister of Natural Resources Sergey Donskoi said. “Russia is world’s third by copper resources and overcame the level of 100 million tons in 2015, and is sixth by production, supporting near 4-5% of global production”, Donskoi…

Russia: NLMK Group boosts energy efficiency of hydrogen production

NLMK Group has begun commercial operation of a hydrogen unit that generates hydrogen from natural gas through vapor reforming at VIZ-Steel in Yekaterinburg, where hi-tech transformer (grain-oriented) steel is produced. This project will provide a three-fold reduction in the cost of hydrogen production. The new technology, which replaces expensive electrolysis, requires 30 times less energy…