Russia: metal imports up in H1 2017

In January-June Russia considerably increased imports of metal products. According to the Federal Customs Service, Russia imported 3.018 million tons of ferrous metals, up 1.6-fold YoY. Far foreign countries supplied 1.134 million tons, while CIS countries – 1.885 million tons (0.615 million and 1.238 million tons in 2016 respectively). Ferrous metals imports not taking into…

Russia: Evraz net profit up in H1 2017

In January-June Evraz increased net profit 12.3-fold YoY, to $86 million.

According to the company statement, its consolidated EBITDA grew 2-fold, to $1.152 billion, while consolidated revenue increased by 44.1%, to $5.1 billion.

Evraz’s net debt in H1 totaled $4.3 billion, down from $4.8 billion in late 2016. (Ukrainian metal)

Kyrgyzstan: Ak-Tyuz plant employees afraid to strike

Employees of Ak-Tyuz plant fear to hold a strike, the former chairman of the trade union Dokturbek Maychiev announced on August 10. According to him, six people were dismissed illegally, other 36 resigned voluntarily because they were tired of tolerating salary delays. “People are frightened. Those who cannot find another job are silent. They are…

Ukraine: AMKR and TIS build indoor storage for metal goods at Yuzhny port

ArcelorMittal Kriviy Rih and Transinvestservice stevedoring company (TIS, Odessa region) have opened an indoor transshipment complex for metal goods worth more than $4.5 million at Yuzhny seaport (Odessa region). According to a press release from TIS, the complex includes a warehouse for 7,000 square meters with a capacity of more than 40,000 tons. Its capacity…

Russia: EU duties not to affect MMK

The imposition of EU duties on hot-rolled metal will not affect Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works. “At present a minimum price of 473 euro per ton is being discussed. If the price is higher, the duty will not be imposed. This price is ok for us. We’re trading at much higher prices, so the duty…

Russia: UEM modernizing equipment

The refining department of the chemical-metallurgical shop of Uralelectromed has put into operation a new induction unit to smelt gold into ingots. The cost of the machine is 2.8 million rubles. The Parallel IPT-25-10 unit has been designed at the customer order within the program of outdated machinery modernization and replacement. It can produce 2…

Russia: Ufaleinickel to be shut down

The second largest nickel manufacturer in Russia – Ufaleinickel – will stop operating. On August 7 the company shareholders voted for the liquidation of the enterprise. According to Ufaleinickel representative Olga Markina, the process will be long. The board of directors is still looking for investors, but so far there have been no agreements. As…