Russia: VIZ-Stal sales up in Q1 2019

In January-March, VIZ-Stal produced 43 thousand tons of transformer steel, on par with Q1 2018.

Capacities were 100% loaded.

Sales grew by 5%, to 43 thousand tons.

Exports accounted for 87% of sales. The key markets were India, Near East and North America. (Ukrainian metal)

Russia: ChTPZ gets MKB loan

Moscow Loan Bank and ChTPZ Group have signed a loan agreement of 4 billion rubles.

The funds will be provided for 3 years.

The parties have been cooperating since 2014.

This year the bank decided to enlarge cooperation with the group. (Ukrainian metal)

Russia: NLMK to keep rebars market share

In 2018 NLMK Bars Division increased sales by 11% YoY. Demand growth was expected at 1-2%, but actually totaled 5.6%. The group enterprises supplied 1.8 million tons of rebars and 763 thousand tons of steel billets to the domestic market. This year NLMK Bars Division intends to retain its share of the rebars market on…

Russia: metal output in Q1 2019

In January-March, Russia produced 15.2 million tons of rolled metal, up by 0.7% YoY. In March output grew by 3% MoM, but dropped by 5% YoY. According to the Federal Service of State Statistics, pig iron manufacture decreased by 1%, to 12.9 million tons, with March results down by 5.4% YoY, but up by 1%…

Ukraine: miner dies at Pokrovskoye Mine Group

A cave-in occurred at the Pokrovskoye Mine Group.

As a result, one miner perished and two were injured.

The accident happened in the ventilation shaft.

Pokrovskoye Mine Group is the largest miner of coking coal in Ukraine. (Ukrainian metal)

Ukraine: coal imports from Russia up in Q1 2019

In January-March, the share of coal imports from Russia reached 64.45%. According to the State Fiscal Service, the value of the coal imported was $476.9 million. US supplied $212.5 million worth of coal (28.72%) and Kazakhstan – $31 million (4.2%). At the same time, Ukraine purchased $19.5 million worth of coal from other countries (2.63%).…

Russia: ITZ confirms QMS correspondence to API requirements

Izhorsky Pipe Works has successfully passed an audit of its quality management system correspondence to the API standard.

The certificate, received by the company, allows marking its products with an API logo.

The document also confirms the high level of the ITZ QMS, which covers all the stages of large diameter pipes manufacture. (Ukrainian metal)

Russia: Priisk Solovievskiy gold output down in Q1 2019

In March, Priisk Solovievskiy extracted 54.2 kg of ore gold.

Since the start of the year the output totaled 154.4 kg, down by 29.8% YoY.

At present the enterprise is operating at the Solovievskoye gold ore deposit.

Alluvial sites development will start in May. (Ukrainian metal)

Russia: Q1 2019 NLMK Group Trading update

NLMK Group has published today its preliminary Q1 2019 operating results. Steel output decreased by 4% QoQ, to 4.2 million tons due to the overhauls at the Russian sites and seasonal factors. A 3% YoY steel output reduction is also due to the overhauls in Q1. Steel capacity utilization remained high at 96% (-2%). Sales…

Ukraine: industrial giant to enter Azerbaijani mining market

The Ukrainian company Tekhnomash is interested in supplying mining equipment to the Azerbaijani market, Azerbaijan Export and Investment Promotion Organization (AZPROMO) reported. The company is engaged in the production of magnetic declarators, tippers, cargo and passenger railcars, closures, classifiers and other equipment, as well as spare parts for them. Currently, Tekhnomash exports its products to…