In 2018, demand for steel continued to recover, coupled with a rise in protectionism in key markets. “In this context, NLMK Group’s flexible business model that helped it secure its presence in key sales markets, enabled the company to grow its sales by 7% YoY, or by 1.1 million tons, to 17.6 million tons, hitting…Details
Residents of Akolon village in Ton district of Issyk-Kul region oppose development of Tash-Bulak uranium deposit, local activist Akzholtoi Tukunov reported. According to him, the villagers intend to hold a rally against the development of the uranium deposit. “Villagers are concerned about the health, the future of our children, since we do not know how…Details
The project to develop Ozernoye lead-zinc deposit in the Republic of Buryatia has been presented to the president representative in the Far East District, Yuri Trutnev, in order to receive state support. The license from December 2018 is owned by Ozernoye LLC. The deposit is one of the 10 largest zinc deposits in the world.…Details
In 2018 Vostsibugol, developing coal deposits in Irkutsk and Krasnoyarsk region, mined 15.5 million tons of coal, up by 12.3% YoY. The output at Cheremkhovsky pit was 4.6 million tons, up by 22%. Tulunugol pit yielded 7.5 million tons, up by 10%. Coal extraction at Zheronsky pit grew by 19%, to 861 thousand tons. 2.6…Details
In 2018 GRK Darkhan LLC, developing the Kirchenovskoye deposit in Zabaikalye, sold 327.3 kg of gold and 17 tons of silver, up 1.9-fold and 2.5-fold YoY respectively. The increase is due to the growth of ore processing. While in 2017 Darkhan processed 83 thousand tons of ore, in 2018 it processed 303.1 thousand tons. Revenue…Details
In January Tulachermet set a new record on monthly pig iron output operating just two blast furnaces. Last month the company produced 216.768 thousand tons of pig iron, having exceeded the target by 8.768 thousand tons. The previous record was set in December 2018 – 215.24 thousand tons. Tulachermet has been steadily increasing pig iron…Details
Some 300 miners have blocked the Vinnichenko street in Lviv, where the Lviv regional state administration is situated. They demand clearing salary debts. Prior to that the miners have marched through the central streets of the city. They claim they have so far received only half of their December 2018 salary, and nothing for January.…Details
The metal companies are prepared to invest in the state system of education. According to Metinvest director on personnel Alexander Pimkin, at present the state does not do all the necessary things to reform the education system. “The approach to and the volumes of financing on behalf of the state are not enough”, he said.…Details
In January Energomashspetsstal produced and shipped a gondola frame for the Atomwind-Kramatorsk wins plant at the order of Furlender Windtechnology LLC. The weight of the casting is 33.7 tons. This is the third frame manufactured under the project. In February EMSS will ship another frame. The contract was concluded in 2018. According to it, EMSS…Details
Technoinvest Alliance has once again postponed the terms of launching the mining and processing works on the basis of the largest rare-earth metals deposit in Russia (Zashikhinskoye) – this time to late 2023. The terms have been postponed since 2014. Initially it was intended to start the construction of the works with the capacity of…Details
In 2019 Vorkutaugol will increase investments in development by 18% YoY, to 6.2 billion rubles. Most of the funds – 2.7 billion rubles – will be spent to replace outdated mining and processing machinery, as well as cargo and passenger transport. The construction of the ventilation shaft No. 4 at the Zapolyarnaya mine, the ventilation…Details
In 2019 the demand for Russian steel will be weak.
“Construction volumes are not large, so, we believe the market will remain on current levels”, Severstal deputy CFO Alexei Kulichenko said.
According to Severstal estimate made in November 2018, the growth of the local demand for steel in 2018 was 1.1%. (Ukrainian metal)
In 2018 Primorsky Mining and Processing Works extracted 267 thousand tons of tungsten ore. The mining company AIR extracted 2574 tons of tungsten and copper concentrate. The results are up by 6% and 15% YoY respectively. Primorsky GOK sold 840 million rubles worth of ore last year, up 1.5-fold, and AIR – 3 billion rubles,…Details
In 2018 Izhstal sold over 63 thousand tons of metal to local machine-building enterprises, up by 22% YoY. The company mostly supplies stainless, heat-resistant and corrosion-resistant steel for the manufacture of various spare parts and machines, as well as springs and bearings. “Machine-builders are our traditional customers. Their share last year was 26%”, the company…Details
Metinvest has finalized the deal to buy Unisteel LLC in Kriviy Rih. “We expect the company to manufacture new products – the so-called structure rolled metal with the thickness of over 1.6 mm to be used in construction”, Metinvest-SMC CEO Dmitry Lippa said. Unisteel can also produce thinner rolled metal – 0.45 mm. The works…Details
Output of thermal and coking coal in Ukraine in 2018 increased by 0.9% YoY, from 33 million to 33.29 million tons. State-owned coalmines during the reporting period extracted 4.14 million tons of coal, according to the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine. In particular, the output of coking coal, used for the needs…Details
In 2018 Metinvest increased rolled metal output by 3%, to 5.769 million tons. In particular, flat rolled metal manufacture grew by 2%, to 4.747 million tons, and long rolled metal – by 14%, to 817 thousand tons. At the same time the output of rails dropped by 3%, to 65 thousand tons, and pipes –…Details
The company Ametistovoye has received the status of the Kamchatka Advanced Development Territory resident. The reason was the signing of an investment agreement valued at 4 billion rubles with the Far East Development Corporation. The company intends to construct a mine and modernize a mining and processing works at the Ametistovoye gold deposit. The project…Details
In January the West-Siberian Railroad transported 22 million tons of cargo in Kuzbass region, up by 5% YoY.
In particular, the transportation of coal grew by 3.5%, to 19 million tons.
The railroad also transported 775 thousand tons of iron ore (+49%) and 547 thousand tons of ferrous metals (+2.7%). (Ukrainian metal)
Tenaris S.A. and Severstal have announced that they will create a joint venture to build a welded pipe plant to produce OCTG products in the Surgut area, West Siberia, Russian Federation. Severstal will have a 51% interest in the joint venture company, with Tenaris owning the remaining 49%. The commencement of the project is subject…Details
Metinvest-SMC has developed and implemented a special program of preferences for metal structure exporters. “Our customers – metal structure works – have orders not only locally but also from abroad. And we react to that: our warehouses carry a range of rolled metal certified to EN”, the company CEO Dmitry Lippa said. Since mid-2018 the…Details
In 2018 the steel sales of Metinvest-SMC increased by 4% YoY. “According to our preliminary estimates, the local market has grown by some 4%. Our sales increased in this range as well”, the company CEO Dmitry Lippa said. In January-November 2018 sales exceeded 2 million tons. The company is expecting good results in 2019. “We…Details
In 2018 Metinvest enterprises mastered the manufacture of over 40 new types of products. According to the Metinvest-SMC CEO Dmitry Lippa, the novelties are in various stages of mastering: some have only been produced as trial versions, while the others have already seen an increase in sales. Now Metinvest is working to get to the…Details
Last year the growth of wages at Metinvest enterprises exceeded 30%.
According to the group personnel director Alexander Pimkin, key jobs saw a rise of 40-45%.
“Now the salary of our key employees in metal, mining and coke departments ranges within $1000-1200 in UAH equivalent”, he said. (Ukrainian metal)