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Januar 2007
Kremenchuk Steel Plant to boost output 57% in 2007
The Kremenchuk Steel Plant (KSZ), a producer of steel castings for freight cars and trucks, plans to increase production by 56.6% to UAH 802.62 million in 2007. The plant intends to expand its workforce to accommodate the growth plans.
31.01.2007 Source: KSZ press service

IUD increasing imports of Brazilian iron ore
Industrial Union of Donbas (IUD) is increasing imports of iron ore concentrate from Brazil's MBR (Miniracoes Brasierias Reunidas S.A.). MBR is the second largest producer of iron ore in Brazil and one of the world's top five exporters of ore.
31.01.2007 Source: Transportation and Communications Ministry

Two bids submitted in tender to sell Nikopol Pivdennotrubny Plant
Two bids have been submitted in a tender to sell a 96.67% stake in OJSC Nikopol Pivdennotrubny Plant in Dnipropetrovsk region. The tender to sell the stake in the plant, Ukraine's monopoly producer of geological survey, pump and rolled pipes for high-pressure boilers, was announced on Nov. 22, 2006. The initial price of the 96.67% stake was set at UAH 352.614 million.
30.01.2007 Source: State Property Fund's press service

Altai-Koks to more than triple coke deliveries to Ilyich Metallurgical Works
Altai-Koks, a subsidiary of Novolipetsk Steel (NLMK), signed a one-year contract with Ukraine's Ilyich Iron and Steel Works of Mariupol to supply about 50,000 tonnes of coke per month. The Ilyich steel plant bought about 172,000 tonnes of coke from Altai-Koks in 2006. OJSC Ilyich Iron and Steel Works of Mariupol is one of the leaders of Ukrainian metallurgy and partner of Metal-Forum of Ukraine.
27.01.2007 Sourse: press release of Altai Koks

Metinvest continues consolidating SCM assets
Ukrainian conglomerate System Capital Management transferred its stakes in two iron ore mining companies to Metinvest as part of the restructuring of its business. SCM transferred a 60% stake in Central GOK and 23.67% stake in Severny GOK to Metinvest, which SCM set up to consolidate its mining and metals assets. "The Metinvest group, in the form of management company Metinvest Holding, took over the rights to manage the SCM group's mining and metallurgy businesses. The second phase of restructuring will be carried out in 2007 - the corporate rights of these companies will be transferred from SCM to Metinvest," Metinvest Holding CEO Igor Syroy was quoted as saying in the release. The corporate rights of the companies are being transferred as part of the creation of a modern, vertically integrated structure that includes Metinvest Holding, coal and coke, mining, steel and roll divisions, as well as more than 20 enterprises in the mining and metals sector. Metinvest plans to complete the consolidation of the corporate rights of its assets by the end of 2007. Metinvest Holding is 80% owned by SCM and 20% by Metinvest B.V., which in turn is wholly owned by SCM (Cyprus). SCM is 90% owned by parliamentary deputy Rinat Akhmetov.
24.01.2007 Source: press release of Metinvest

Illich Steel Mill buys coal mine in Luhansk region
OJSC Illich Mariupol Steel Mill in Donetsk region has bought the former Menzhynsky coking coal mine in Pervomaisk. The coal deposits at the Menzhynsky mine were estimated to be up to 93 million tonnes, and before suffering a fall in coal production in 1992, the mine produced 419,000 tonnes of coal. OJSC Ilyich Iron and Steel Works of Mariupol is partner of Metal-Forum of Ukraine.
15.01.2007 Source: Interfax

Britain's Omega to supply molding equipment to Ukrainian Casting Company
Britain's Omega will supply molding equipment for iron and steel blanks to the Ukrainian Casting Company, which is controlled by the Ukrainian Industrial Energy Company (UPEK). Omega won the contract in a tender that drew one Ukrainian and four foreign bidders. The winning bid was chosen based on price, service support, experience on the Ukrainian market and delivery timetable. The equipment will have capacity for up to 15,000 tonnes of castings per year. Ukrainian Casting previously set aside EUR 2 million for new molding equipment and expected to buy a line with capacity of 12,000 tonnes. Under the terms of the contract, the value of which has not been disclosed, the line is supposed to be launched in August. Ukrainian Casting was formed in 2004 in the course of the restructuring of the Kharkiv Machine-building Plant. UPEK, which was created in 1995, also manages the Kharkiv Bearings Plant, electrical engineering plant Ukrelektromash, KharVest, Lozovo Forging-Mechanics Plant, the Tinyakov garments factory and Faktorial Bank.
12.01.2007 Source: Ukrainian Journal

Alchevsk Iron ans Steel Works to complete USD 2 billion upgrade, double steel output by 2010
Alchevsk Steel Mill, Ukraine's No. 5 steel producer, pledged to complete a USD 2 billion investment program within the next three years as the company re-equips itself for saving energy costs. The program may be a showcase of modernization for the country's steel sector, the backbone of Ukraine's economy, helping to reduce dependence on energy imports, President Viktor Yushchenko said.
11.01.2007 Source: UNIAN

Ukrainian President pays visit in Alchevsk
Ukrainian President Victor Yushchenko visited the Alchevsk Steel Mill (ASM) in the Lugansk region.
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11.01.2007 Source: President´s press office

Alchevsk Iron and Steel Works launches modernized mill-3000
The Alchevsk Metallurgical Works (AMK) launched its mill-3000 at the end of 2006 following a UAH 700 million modernization that will boost the productivity of its No. 2 plate rolling division by 20% to 1.2 million tonnes of flat products per year, the company said on January 11. The modernized mill-3000 will make it possible to increase the sheet width, reduce metal consumption, and make steel plate for large-diameter gas pipeline pipes suitable for all weather conditions. The equipment for the modernized mill was made by the Novokramatorsk Machine-building Plant (NKMZ) and the computer system was supplied by Germanys' Alstom.
11.01.2007 Source: Interfax

Ukraine's Metinvest seeks to acquire steel rolling assets overseas
Metinvest, a steel and mining conglomerate owned by Rinat Akhmetov, the wealthiest Ukrainian, plans to acquire additional rolling assets overseas to manufacture products with higher added value and to access new markets. Acquiring the assets abroad would complement a rolling plant in Italy already owned by Akhmetov's System Capital Management (SCM), a holding group, and would enable the company to get access to protected markets.
11.01.2007 Source: Ukrainian Journal

Building of Vorskla Steel Electrometallurgic Mill to start in January 2007
The Environment Protection Ministry allowed the building of Vorskla Steel Electrometallurgic Mill in the settlement of Dmytriyivka. According to Vorskla Steel Director General Volodymyr Bilous, the building and preparing the site for the construction of the enterprise will be started in January. "The first workshop will be completed in 2008, and the first produce will be received in 2010," he told the press last week. Investment in the building is assessed at USD 1 billion.
11.01.2007 Source: Interfax

Capital investment in modernization of Mittal Steel Kryvyi Rih to increase 34% in 2007
Capital investment in modernization and technical re-equipment of the Mittal Steel Kryvyi Rih metallurgical plant will total UAH 1.64 billion in 2007, the press service of the plant has announced. The money will be spent on completing the refurbishment of the No. 8 furnace and Nos. 3 and 4 coke batteries and on increasing iron ore production. Funds have also been budgeted for technological improvements and work safety. Mittal Steel Kryvyi Rih is Ukraine's biggest steel mill and partner of Metal-Forum of Ukraine.
11.01.2007 Sorce: Ukrinform

Mittal Steel Kryviy Rih to up roll output 5% in 2007
Mittal Steel Kryviy Rih (formerly Kryvorizhstal), Ukraine's biggest steel mill, aims to increase roll production 4.9% this year to 7.2 million tonnes.Pig iron production should grow 5.7% to 7.192 million tonnes and crude steel - 7.8% to 8.164 million tonnes. Iron ore concentrate production is targeted to rise 6% to 8.25 million tonnes, sinter - 3.7% to 11.813 million tonnes and coke - 28.8% to 3.47 million tonnes.

Mittal Steel Kryviy Rih targets 10% growth in Ukrainian sales in 2007
Mittal Steel Kryviy Rih intends to increase sales in Ukraine by 10% to 1.5 million tons in 2007, Vladimir Shalimov, the steel mill's domestic sales manager, told during the Metal-Forum of Ukraine 2006 in Kiev.

Khartsyzsk Pipe Mill to increase production by 20% in 2007
Khartsyzsk plans to increase production by 20% to 720,000 tonnes in 2007, with the new line expected to produce 100,000-120,000 tonnes of large-diameter pipes. In 2006 the Khartsyzsk Pipe Mill increased production of large-diameter pipes by 9.2% to 595,700 tonnes. Production of pipes with anticorrosion coating grew 38.5% to 516,000 tonnes. "In 2006, we achieved record volume of production and shipments since 1992. The structure of manufactured products improved considerably: high value-added products - pipes with anticorrosion coating - account for 86.6%," general director Andrei Shishatsky said. He also said that in 2006 the company worked hard on modernizing its core facilities and completed construction of a new line in the No. 2 electric-arc welding division.
11.01.2007 Source: Interfax

ZTMK boots titanium sponge output 19% in 2006
Zaporizhia Titanium and Magnesium Combine (ZTMK), Ukraine's only titanium sponge producer, raised output of the commodity 19% in 2006 to 9,997 tonnes. Capacity is 20,000 tonnes of titanium sponge per year.

Mykolaiv Alumina Plant ups output 3.3% in 2006
Ukraine's Mykolaiv Alumina Plant (NGZ), the FSU's biggest alumina producer, raised output 3.3% in 2006 to 1.41 million tonnes of alumina. The production growth was achieved by augmenting the plant's capacity to 1.4 million tonnes from 1.1 million tonnes per year. Russian aluminum giant Rusal controls NGZ.

Artyomovsk Non-ferrous Metals Processing Plant ups copper roll production 14% in 2006
Artemivsk Nonferrous Metals Processing Plant (AZOTsM) of Ukraine's Donetsk region boosted copper roll production 13.7% in 2006 to 48,100 tonnes. The plant is Ukraine's only producer of flat and round products from copper, copper alloys and other nonferrous metals. It specializes in sheet, strip, tubes, bars, wire rod, wire, bathroom fittings and consumer goods, selling 85% of its output in Ukraine.

Brovary Powder Metallurgy Plant ups output 7.7% in 2006
The state-owned Brovary Powder Metallurgy Plant in the Kyiv region raised production of iron powder tentatively 7.7% in 2006 5,870 tonnes. The plant exports most of its iron powder to Russia, Belarus, Turkey and Germany.

Ukrainian biggest Iron and Steel Works in 2006 (year-on-year)
Nearly all of Ukraine's biggest steel mills increased roll output in 2006.
Alchevsk Iron & Steel Works ups roll output 13.2% to 3.26 million tonnes, crude steel production fell 0.2% to 3.72 million tonnes, but pig iron rose 1.3% to 2.96 million tonnes
Azovstal ups roll output 0.6% to 5.272 million tonnes, crude steel production rose 2.2% to 6.012 million tonnes and pig iron - 4.4% to 5.064 million tonnes
Dniprospetsstal boosts roll output 4.3% to 312,000 tonnes, crude steel production rose 2.6% to 519,000 tonnes
Dniprovsky Mill ups roll output 8.8% to 3.17 million tonnes, crude steel production grew 12.4% to 3.63 million tonnes, pig iron was up 11.5% to 3.21 million tonnes
Donetsk Steel Mill boosts roll output 4% to 726,000 tonnes, crude steel production rose 3.4% to 951,000 tonnes
Enakievo Metallurgical Plant raised finished roll production 19.3% to 2.6 million tonnes, crude steel production rose 13% to 2.546 million tonnes and pig iron 13% to 2.201 million tonnes
Ilyich Iron & Steel Works of Mariupol reduced finished roll production 2.8% to 5.39 million tonnes, crude steel production was up 0.5% to 6.984 million tonnes and pig iron was up 3.7% to 5.433 million tonnes
ISTIL Mini Steel Mill raised finished roll production 17.3% to 863,000 tonnes, crude steel production grew 13.4% to 920,000 tonnes
Makiyivka Metallurgical Plant ups roll output 46% to 1.3 million tonnes, crude steel production rose 52% to 1.57 million tonnes, pig iron was up 57% to 1.295 million tonnes
Mittal Steel Kryviy Rih (formerly Kryvorizhstal) ups roll output 12.2% to 6.858 million tonnes, crude steel production rose 8.9% to 7.575 million tonnes, pig iron production grew 10.4% to 6.801 million tonnes
Petrovsky Steel Mill ups roll output 10.6% to 1.22 million tonnes, crude steel production rose 6.6% to 1.33 million tonnes, pig iron production fell 1.9% to 1.47 million tonnes
Zaporizhstal ups roll output 0.3% to 3.613 million tonnes, crude steel production rose 0.4% to 4.4 million tonnes, pig iron was down 0.2% to 3.535 million tonnes

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