Ukraine: Metinvest gets loan to modernize Mariupol Ilyich rolling mill

Metinvest has concluded a loan agreement in order to purchase equipment to modernize the hot-rolling mill-1700 at the Mariupol Ilyich Iron and Steel Works. The equipment will be supplied by Primetals Technologies Austria GmbH. The loan has been provided by Oesterreichische Kontrollbank Aktiengesellschaft. The reconstruction will increase the 1700-mill capacity from 1.36 million tons per…

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Ukraine: AMKR searched by security service

The Ukrainian arm of the world’s biggest steelmaker said that the state security service had searched its plant in Kryvyi Rih, a week after new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky criticized the management. ArcelorMittal has invested about $9 billion in Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine’s largest steel mill, which is now under close government scrutiny, as reported by…

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Russia: MMK successfully implements 16 programmable robots as part of its digitalization efforts

At the Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works (MMK) there are already 16 software robots successfully imitating the actions of real workers. By the end of 2019, the company plans to have automated a total of 32 manufacturing processes. The head of the MMK-InformService project office, Valery Rybolovlev, spoke about the company’s automation during the Digital…

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Russia: MMK steel output down in Q2 2019

Russian steelmaker Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works (MMK) reduced its steel output by 0.5% QoQ, to 3.091 million tons in April-June, while cast iron production rose by 2.3%, to 2.452 million tons, the company said in a statement. In January-June it raised its steel production by 0.4% YoY, to 6.198 million tons. Cast iron production…

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Ukraine: coke output down in H1 2019

In January-June Ukraine manufactured 5.189 million tons of metallurgical coke, down by 3.3% YoY. In particular, in June plants produced 769 thousand tons of coke and in May – 917 thousand tons. The decrease in manufacture is due to the drop of coking coal supplies from Russia. Moreover, some metal works shut down their capacities…

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