Russia: NSMMZ renamed NLMK Ural

NSMMZ (Nizhniye Sergi), a key company in NLMK group’s long products division which operates from three production sites in Sverdlovsk region in the Urals, has been renamed NLMK Ural. The company adopted a new charter and registered the change of name with the Inspectorate of the Tax Service of Russia #30 for Sverdlovsk region. The…


Ukraine: June 2016 results for ATO zone works

June proved to be extremely unlucky for Ukrainian metal companies mostly because of the railroad strike. Steel smelting dropped by 19% MoM, to 1.87 million tons, pig iron output decreased by 20.5% MoM, to 1.79 million tons. Average daily steel output in June totaled 62.4 thousand tons as opposed to 73.2 thousand tons in May.…


Ukraine: DTEK to give up Russian coal in favor of Australian coal

DTEK, which produces some 70% of electricity in Ukraine, has received the first offers from power-generating coal suppliers from SAR and Australia, who can sell it at 1.7-2.15 thousand UAH ($68.5-86.6) per ton with 5.7 thousand kcal quality. According to the company commercial director John Woodham, deliveries from the temporarily uncontrolled territories (the so-called Donetsk…


Ukraine: H1 2016 coal mining down

In January-June Ukrainian companies mined 18975.1 thousand tons of coal, down by 2.6% YoY, or by 496.6 thousand tons. According to the Ministry of energy and coal industry, coking coal mining went up by 7.3% YoY, or by 4357.1 thousand tons, while that of power-generating coal dropped by 5.1% YoY, or by 793.6 thousand tons,…


Ukraine: DTEK complaining about unstable coal deliveries from occupied Donbass

DTEK draws attention to the highly unstable deliveries of A-grade coal from the terrorist-occupied regions of Donbass.

“The delivery volume is extremely low”, said the DTEK Energo communications department director Irina Milyutina.

According to DTEK, daily deliveries total 7-10 tons. (Ukrainian metal)

Metals of Ukraine & Russia: round billets (ordinary steel), May 2016


Ukrainian market, $/t, without VAT, EXW, $1/UAH25.166*









* – Ukrainian Hrivna and Russian Rouble exchange rates are as of 31.05.16 according to the National Bank of Ukraine and the Central Bank of the Russian Federation. (Ukrainian Metal)

Ukraine: metal sales to increase

In 2016 metal consumption in Ukraine will grow by 2.6% YoY, or by 3358 million tons, according to Metinvest-SMC. “We believe the rise will continue next year as well. At least all the companies involved should demonstrate better results”, said the company CEO Dmitry Lippa. He also noted the increase in the mining industry by…


Russia: Norilsk Nickel production chain to undergo major changes

Vladimir Potanin, president of Norilsk Nickel, came to Norilsk. He visited various production sites, where the company carries out its strategic projects, and held business meetings with the Polar Division management to discuss reconfiguration of production, implementation of capacity increase programs, and improvement of the environmental situation in Norilsk industrial region. According to Norilsk Nickel…


Russia: Norilsk Nickel chooses contractor for FOCL construction

Upon completion of the open tendering procedure, Norilsk Nickel has picked the contractor for supply and installation of communication equipment required for developing the transportation network and outfitting the backup area with radio-link communication across the Yenisei River, as part of the project involving the construction of fiber-optic communication line (FOCL) from Novy Urengoy to…


Ukraine: metal output in Donetsk region up in January-May 2016

In January-May industrial output in Donetsk region (without the antiterrorist operation zone) increased by 7.2% YoY, but in May it was down by 4% MoM and by 1.2% YoY. The regional metal output went up by 9.3%, while mining production rose by 15.9%, all YoY. Coal mining reached 6.3 million tons, up by 17.1% YoY.…


Ukraine: Central Factory exporting coal to Slovakia

In May the Central Mining and Processing Factory, registered in Antrazit, the city in the Russia-supported terrorist-controlled territory, started exporting anthracite having acquired the appropriate license from the Ukrainian authorities. The coal was supplied to Slovakia. The coal price on the border is around $80 per ton DAP. The precise export volumes of the Central…