In January-March ArcelorMittal Kriviy Rih produced 1.34 million tons of rolled metal, up by 1.3% YoY.
In March Ukrainian metal makers produced 2.2 million tons of steel, up by 30% YoY and 12% MoM. That is the highest result since July 2014 when the escalation of the military activity in Donbass dropped steel output by 28% MoM.
The police have started investigating the decision of the Ministry of economical development and trade to register scrap export operations.
The Verkhovnaya Rada industrial policy and entrepreneurship committee chairman Victor Galasyuk wants to discuss the actions of Ukrzaliznytsia in giving preferences in transportation to manufacturers from other countries and not providing such privileges to local ones.
Buzhanskaya miners have addressed the President of Ukraine, the minister of energy, people’s deputies and local authorities telling them of the illegal actions of the new acting CEO of Volynugol Valentin Kiselev.
In late March Pakistan imposed additional duties on rolled metal from Ukraine. Ukrainian metal makers could lose $2-5 million.
Metinvest is forced to resume sea delivery routes to Mariupol Ilyich Iron and Steel Works and Azovstal. The reason for this is the low acceptance rate of the Kamysh-Zarya – Volnovakha span, the only railroad that connects Mariupol to the rest of Ukraine.
Interpipe has signed a license agreement with JFE Steel Corporation to produce JFEBEAR thread connection.
Rolf Petri of Berlin Relations GmbH has presented the project of coal industry reforming to the Donetsk region administration.
In January-March Ukraine imported $353.5 million worth of coal, down by 12.7% YoY.