On February 12, Moody’s rating agency upgraded MMK’s Issuer Rating to Baa2 from Baa3 with Stable Outlook. This action followed a sovereign rating action on the government of Russia, which took place on February 8, when Moody’s upgraded Russia’s long-term issuer and senior unsecured debt ratings to Baa3 from Ba1 and changed the outlook on…Details
International rating agency Moody’s has upgraded NLMK Group’s long-term credit rating from Baa3 to Вaа2 with a stable outlook (both are investment grade). The decision follows a rating action to upgrade Russia’s sovereign rating, which took place on February 8. Shamil Kurmashov, NLMK Group CFO, said: “We welcome Moody’s decision to upgrade NLMK’s rating. This…Details
World Class Manufacturing system (WCM) used in most of ArcelorMittal’s units will be implemented in all shops and departments of ArcelorMittal Kriviy Rih from 2019. WCM system is based on two main principles that are continuous improvements and losses elimination that give the company a number of advantages in innovation, quality, price, flexibility, delivery performance,…Details
In 2018 Armenal produced 28.5 thousand tons of aluminum foil, down by 15.4% YoY.
The decrease has to do with US sanctions on Rusal.
Rusal combined output was 3753 thousand tons, up by 1.3% YoY. (Ukrainian metal)
In 2018 aluminum ore mining increased by 26% YoY, to 6.1 million tons. The largest miner is Aluminiy Kazakhstana operating at Torgayskoye and Krasnooktyabrskoye bauxite ore groups. The company bauxite output last year grew by 14%, to 5.7 million tons. At the same time, in 2021 mining at the Torgayskoye group will be stopped. Raw…Details
In H2 2018 the number of people employed in metal industry grew by 0.5%, to 189.7 thousand people.
According to the State Statistics Service, average salary in the industry increased by 29% last year, to 12.496 thousand UAH.
Metal companies also paid a lot of taxes, becoming major taxpayers. (Ukrainian metal)
In 2018 Ukraine consumed 108 thousand tons of metal structures, up from 70 thousand tons in 2017. Output grew from 76 thousand tons to 109 thousand tons. Thus both consumption and output returned to the level of 2011-2012 – 106 and 109 thousand tons and 109 and 120 thousand tons respectively. The highest figures were…Details
In January Chukotka Autonomous District mined 44 thousand tons of coal, down almost 2-fold YoY. Beringpromugol LLC and Shakta Ugolnaya are developing coal deposits in the region. Thus, Beringpromugol mined 28 thousand tons of coal, down by 46%, while Shakta Ugolnaya – 16 thousand tons, down by 50%. Last year coal output increased by 76%,…Details
Norilsk Nickel mines will receive 105 units of machinery this year. In particular, Oktyabrskiy mine will get 36 machines, Taymyrskiy – 31, Komsomolskiy – 30, Mayak – 7 and Kayerkanskiy – 1. Some machines have already been delivered. Thus Oktyabrskiy now has a new Caterpillar R 1700. Another machine will soon be delivered. The mine…Details
Chusovoy Iron and Steel Works, a part of OMK, has started supplying car springs to Ford Sollers. The company has already shipped two batches of springs with the combined number of 800 pieces. “The preliminary work with Ford Sollers has lasted for several years. And this delivery is very important for us. The first two…Details
In 2018 coal output in Ukraine dropped by 10% YoY.
According to the Ministry of energy and coal industry, in particular power-generating coal mining went up by 4.9%, to 27.48 million tons.
At the same time the output of coking coal decreased by 14.6%, to 58.1 million tons. (Ukrainian metal)
In 2018 Severstal net profit grew 1.5-fold, to $2.051 billion.
Revenue increased by 9.3%, to $8.58 billion due to the favorable price situation and sales growth by 2%.
EBITDA went up by 21.9%, to $3.142 billion.
Capital investments increased by 16.4%, to $688 million. (Ukrainian metal)
In 2018 Interpipe increased sales of pipes and railroad products by 11.7% YoY, to 857 thousand tons. The share of exports was 72%, while that of the domestic market grew from 25% to 28%. Pipe sales increased by 12%, to 668 thousand tons. Deliveries to local market went up by 22%, to 179 thousand tons.…Details
Metinvest has confirmed the certificate of the SAP client expertise center at the level of Advanced. “The new certificate shows that we’re using the best world practices and standards in the field of IT-systems”, the company said. In January Metinvest completed the relocation of its SAP system to the cloud platform and became the first…Details
In January Ingulets Mining and Processing Works increased iron ore concentrate output by 0.7% YoY, to 956.2 thousand tons. The iron content was 66.07%. The manufacturing plan has been 101.5% fulfilled. The enterprise mined 2.493 million tons of ore. In 2018 InGOK produced 10.923 million tons of iron ore concentrate, up by 6.5% YoY. (Ukrainian…Details
Gold, silver and platinum prices decreased in Azerbaijan on February 12. The price of gold dropped by 4.4115 manats, to 2,224.382 manats per ounce compared to the price on February 11. The price of silver fell by 0.0396 manats, to 26.7562 manats per ounce. The price of platinum went down by 8.908 manats to 1,340.348…Details
The board of directors of Polymetal International plc has approved of the Amur Iron and Steel Works-2 project and allowed the construction. The second line of the Amur Works autoclave department (Amur-2) will considerably increase the company ore reserves, amounting to some 55% of the overall reserves. The manufacture is expected to increase by 30-35…Details
Aleksandrinskaya Mining Company has won the right to develop the Salavatsky copper ore site in the Republic of Bashkortostan. The size of the site is 2.09 square km. The reserves are estimated at 208.7 million tons of ore and 992.6 thousand tons of copper with the average content of 0.48%. The company has to start…Details
In 2018 Karabashmed produced 139.2 thousand tons of raw copper, up by 12.5% YoY. Copper content was 99.2% with the target of 98.9%. Kyshtym Electrolytic Copper Plant produced 139.3 thousand tons of copper cathodes, up by 8%. In Q1 2018 the company commissioned two new rows of 40 electrolytic baths each, bringing the shop capacity…Details
In 2018 Izhstal exported 56 thousand tons of metal, up 1.5-fold YoY. In particular, exports to far foreign countries grew more than 3-fold, to 28 thousand tons, and to CIS – by 4%, to 28 thousand tons. Belarus is one of the priority export markets, accounting for 30% – last year Izhstal exported 17 thousand…Details
In January Ukraine exported 103.8 million tons of ferroalloys valued at $112.7 million, up by 28.4% MoM. The share of ferroalloys in the overall exports totaled 2.77%. 27 million tons, or 23.9%, were sold to Italy, 19.1 million tons (16.97%) to Turkey and 9.7 million tons (8.57%) to the Netherlands. In January Ukraine imported 2.7…Details
Vyksa Iron and Steel Works will assemble a new seamless pipes producing machine.
The machinery will be supplied by Danieli.
The design capacity of the machinery is 0.5 million tons of pipes per year.
The commissioning is scheduled for 2021. (Ukrainian metal)
In 2018 the Belarusian steel mill BMZ exported over 2 million tons of metal products worth over $1.25 billion, up by 25.9% YoY. Last year BMZ exported steel products to 66 countries. Europe accounted for 49.1% of BMZ’s exports, the CIS for 24.2% and Asia for 11.9%. The share of Africa and the Americas was…Details
In January Ukraine exported $234.6 million worth of iron ore and concentrate, down by 2.44% YoY. Volume-wise exports dropped by 0.28%, to 3.152 million. According to the State Fiscal Service, iron ore raw materials accounted for 5.77% of all exports. China, Poland and the Czech Republic purchased almost half of all ore. The share of…Details