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Demag Cranes & Components opens representative office in Kiev, Ukraine
Germany's Demag Cranes & Components, one of the world's leading producers of hoisting cranes, has opened a representative office in Ukraine, the press service of the Economy Ministry has reported. During the opening ceremony in Kyiv, Deputy Economy Minister Oksana Sliusarenko voiced hope that the company would fruitfully cooperate with Ukrainian heavy engineering companies, in particular, Mariupol-based OJSC Azovmash, NKMZ in Donetsk region and Odesa-based OJSC Krayan. Demag Cranes & Components has been supplying the Ukrainian market over 50 years.
31.05.2007 Source: Interfax

Kryvy Rih Ore Processing Mill to invest UAH 95 M in technical re-equipment
OJSC Kryvy Rih Ore Processing Mill in Dnipropetrovsk region plans to invest UAH 95 million in the technical re-equipment of the mill, according to an approved investment plan. The mill's board chairman, Fedor Karamanets has told Interfax-Ukraine that this year a total of UAH 75 million will be spent, and in the first quarter of 2008 another UAH 200 million. He said that as of now, contracts worth UAH 45 million have been already signed. A Swedish company is to supply two mining machines to the mill. Moreover, in 2007, a contract with another company on the supply of a lifter worth UAH 55 million will be signed. The technical re-equipment has become possible due to the support of the stockholders in the mill.
31.05.2007 Source: Interfax

Around 9,000 employees at Mittal Steel Kryviy Rih in March and April take voluntary redundancy
During a voluntary redundancy program at the OJSC Mittal Steel Kryviy Rih in Dnipropetrovsk region in March and April 8,887 people resigned, out of which 6,987 workers and 1,900 managerial staff, the chairman of the trade union committee at the OJSC, Yuriy Bobchenko, said at a press conference last week. He said that of these employees, 6,426 are pensioners. At present, the number of employees at the mill is around 45,600, 37,349 of which are workers and 8,185 are managers. The average age of workers of the realization of the program fell from 40 to 37 years. The wage fund has not changed. As of December 31, 2006, the number of employees at the mill was 54,647. Mittal Steel Kryviy Rih is Ukraine's biggest steel mill and partner of Metal-Forum of Ukraine.
29.05.2007 Source: Interfax

Ukrainian Powder Metallurgy Plant ups output 13.4% in 4 mths
The state-owned Brovary Powder Metallurgy Plant in the Kyiv region raised production of iron powder tentatively 13.4% year-on-year in January-April to 2,070 tonnes, including 350.6 tonnes in April. The plant exports most of its iron powder to Russia, Belarus, Turkey and Germany. It makes iron powder, components for trucks and farm machinery, and agricultural equipment.
29.05.2007 Source: Interfax

SPF sells 2.48% of stocks in Kryvy Rih iron ore mill at double price
The State Property Fund on May 25 sold 2.48% of stocks in OJSC Kryvy Rih iron ore mill on the Ukrainian International Stock Exchange at UAH 2 per stock with the starting price being UAH 1 per stock. The overall cost of the stockholding was UAH 98.898 million with the face value being UAH 1. The buyer's name is not disclosed.
26.05.2007 Source: Interfax

ISTIL UKRAINE steel plant sees loses grow 20% in Q1
The Istil Ukraine mini steel mill posted a pretax loss of UAH 23.2 million in the first quarter of 2007, up from a loss of UAH 19.31 million in the same period last year. The plant's production grew 95% year-on-year to UAH 563.52 million. The plant's operating margin increased to a negative 0.38% in the quarter from a negative 5.5% in the first quarter of 2006. It was reported earlier that Istil Ukraine closed 2006 with a net profit of UAH 11.5 million.
23.05.2007 Source: Interfax

Ukraine reduces aluminium output 3.1% in 4 mths
Zaporizhia Aluminum (ZAlK), Ukraine's only aluminum smelter, reduced output of the metal 3.1% year-on-year in January-April to 30,297 tonnes, including 7,599 tonnes in April. ZAlK, which is controlled by aluminum giant UC RUSAL, reduced alumina output 9.5% year-on-year to 75,383 tonnes in the four months, including 18,989 tonnes in April. ZAlK also produced 7,006 tonnes of aluminum wire in the four months, up 7.1% year-on-year, including 1,691 tonnes in April. ZAlK is capable of producing 100,000 tonnes of aluminum per year.
21.05.2007 Source: Interfax

Mykolaiv Alumina Plant edges output down 0.2% in 4 mths
Ukraine's Mykolaiv Alumina Plant (NGZ), the FSU's biggest alumina producer, reduced output 0.2% year-on-year to 460,600 tonnes of alumina in January-April, including 112,800 tonnes in April. Production rose 3.3% to 1.41 million tonnes in 2006. The aluminum giant UC RUSAL controls NGZ.
21.05.2007 Source: Interfax

Ukraine ups titanium sponge output 6% in 4 mths
The state-owned Zaporizhia Titanium and Magnesium Combine (ZTMK), Ukraine's only metallic titanium sponge producer, raised output of the commodity 6% year-on-year in January-April to 3,376.6 tonnes, including 814.09 tonnes in April. Capacity is 20,000 tonnes of titanium sponge per year.
21.05.2007 Source: Interfax

Dniprospetsstal pretax profit soars 540% in Q1
Dniprospetsstal, Ukraine's biggest special steels producer, saw its pretax profit surge 540% year-on-year to UAH 111.87 million in the first quarter of 2007. The plant's production grew 82% year-on-year to UAH 891.8 million. Net revenue also rose 82% to UAH 880.9 million, with revenue from exports growing 33.2% to UAH 584.9 million. The plant's operating margin jumped to 16.48% in the quarter from 6.27% in the first quarter of 2006.
21.05.2007 Source: Interfax

Citroen to invest USD 100 million into new plant's construction imn Kiev region
Citroen, French car producer, is to invest $100 million into the construction of car plant in Brovary district of Kyiv region. Kyiv regional state administration is currently processing the project submitted by Citroen, which mentions $100 million of investments in the plant's construction. It is expected that implementation of the project by the AIS corporation (founder of Francauto company, the official importer and general distributor of Citroen cars in Ukraine), will start before the end of 2007 and will be completed within a year.
17.05.2007 Source: Interfax

Polymetal to produce gold in Ukraine, Kazakhstan
Polymetal, Russia's largest producer of silver and third largest gold producer is interested in assets in Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Mongolia. "We like three countries: Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Mongolia," company Chief Vitaly Nesis said in an interview with the newspaper Vedomosti. Industrial gold production is not currently being carried out in Ukraine however, according to Nesis, the country has gold deposits. "Given the good infrastructure, the workforce, the historical and cultural closeness, we are looking seriously at that country. In Ukraine there are no ready gold assets at the moment, we will have to carry out geological exploration at prospects. We are currently waiting for political and legal stability so as to try and get into that country," he said.
17.05.2007 Source: Interfax

ThyssenKrupp Fördertechnik to build new terminal at Yuzhnyy
At the Port of Yuzhnyy, one of the largest seaports on the Black Sea, a modern coal and ore handling terminal has been built, reaching a capacity of up to 10 million tons per year. The terminal owner is the company TIS TransinvestService of Odessa in the Ukraine and ThyssenKrupp Fördertechnik of St Ingbert will supply the essential materials handling equipment for the commodities under a contract worth EUR 10 million signed earlier this year.
14.05.2007 Source: ThyssenKrupp Foerdertechnik
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Russia's TMK says in preliminary discussions with Ukrain's Interpipe
Russia's Pipe Metallurgical Company (TMK), one of the world's largest steel pipe producers, said it was engaging in preliminary discussions with regard to a potential transaction with Ukrainian pipe and steel products company Interpipe. Russian and Ukrainian media reports in April suggested that TMK was negotiating a merger with Interpipe, a deal that would create the world's biggest pipe producer. The merged company would be capable of producing 4.2 million tonnes or pipes per year - more than Luxembourg-based Tenaris, the current world leader. Various sources, some of them from Interpipe, have been reported as saying that the companies are holding consultations. TMK has declined to comment on this information.
12.05.2007 Source: Interfax

Ukrainian Mining & Metallurgical Company boosts earnings by third
Ukrainian Mining & Metallurgical Company, the country's biggest metals trader, closed 2006 with net profit up 32.7% to UAH 35.88 million. Pretax profit rose 22% to UAH 46.99 million, while net sales dropped 19.4% to UAH 1.515 billion and gross revenue fell 17.5% to UAH 1.767 billion. Ukrainian Mining & Metallurgical Co. has about a 20% share of the domestic market for steel products. The company has the most extensive network of regional enterprises, which now operate in 20 regions of Ukraine. Ukrainian Mining & Metallurgical Company is partner of Metal-Forum of Ukraine.
12.05.2007 Source: Interfax

Mittal Steel Kryviy Rih boosts domestic sales 47% in Jan-April
Mittal Steel Kryviy Rih increased sales of steel products on the Ukrainian market by 47% year-on-year to 529,470 tonnes in the first four months of 2007. Domestic sales were up 32% year-on-year to 143,713 tonnes in April after reaching 153,460 tonnes in March. In order to further stimulate domestic sales the company in April introduced a 5% discount on orders of off-gauge No. 16-32 rebar of 1,000 tonnes or more. However, the Head of the Ukrainian Association of Metal Traders, Andriy Fedoseev said there was virtually no demand for off-gauge No. 16-32 rebar, "so at one time they tried to push this product on metal traders. In order to increase sales on the domestic market steel producers must provide for a whole range of discounts." The association reckons that rebar prices have reached their peak and that any further price increases could lead to a significant drop in domestic shipments, which is not in producers' interests given the slowdown on foreign markets.
12.05.2007 Source: Interfax

Mittal Steel Kryviy Rih boosts pretax profit 72% in Q1
Mittal Steel Kryviy Rih (formerly Kryvorizhstal) boosted pretax profit 72.5% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2007 to UAH 1.087 billion (UAH 5.05 /$1). Net revenue rose 49.8% to UAH 4.226 billion, including growth of 40.5% to UAH 3.21 billion from exports. The sales margin rose to 38.85%, from 30.29% a year previously. Net profit grew 82.7% in 2006 to UAH 2.93 billion. Mittal Steel Kryviy Rih is Ukraine's biggest steel mill and partner of Metal-Forum of Ukraine.
12.05.2007 Source: Interfax

Azovstal boosts pretax profit 360% in Q1
Azovstal, one of Ukraine's biggest steel mills, boosted pretax profit 360% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2007 to UAH 677.87 million (UAH 5.05 /$1). Net sales revenue grew 52.4% to UAH 3.71 billion, including growth of 33.2% to UAH 1.87 billion from exports. Azovstal reduced net profit 4.6% in 2006 to UAH 1.1 billion. Net sales were UAH 12.52 billion.
12.05.2007 Source: Interfax

Khartsyzsk Pipe Mill boosts output 64% in 4 mths
Khartsyzsk Pipe Mill increased production of large-diameter pipes with anti-corrosive by 63.9% year-on-year in January-April 2007 to 235,000 tonnes, including 59,700 tonnes in April. Large-diameter pipe production at Khartsyzsk rose 9.2% in 2006 to 595,700 tonnes. The mill has orders for more than 700,000 tonnes in 2007.
08.05.2007 Source: Interfax

Ukraine's Interpipe starts preparing for IPO
Ukrainian steel pipe and wheel producer Interpipe has started to select investment and legal advisers for an IPO on the London Stock Exchange. Interpipe said in a statement that its shareholders reached the decision.
This first stage of preparations will take four months - from May until August 2007. Earlier reports suggested Interpipe could float during the second half of 2008 or early 2009.
08.05.2007 Source: Interfax

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Zaporizhia Ferroalloy Plant ups ferroalloy production 13% in 4 months
Zaporizhia Ferroalloy Plant raised production tentatively 12.6% year-on-year in January-April to 182,800 tonnes of ferroalloys, including 40,700 tonnes in April. Production rose 1.6% year-on-year in the four months to 121,100 tonnes of silicon manganese, 81.8% to 28,900 tonnes of ferrosilicon and 5% to 27,100 tonnes of ferromanganese.
08.05.2007 Source: Interfax

Nikopol Ferroalloy Plant boosts ferroalloy output 30% in 4 months
Nikopol Ferroalloy Plant (NZF), Ukraine's biggest ferroalloy producer, raised ferroalloy production 30.3% year-on-year in January-April to 359,300 tonnes, including 90,900 tonnes in April. The company produced 281,400 tonnes of silicon manganese in January-April, against 200,900 tonnes in the first four months of last year, and 77,800 tonnes of ferromanganese (74,900 tonnes).
08.05.2007 Source: Interfax

Nikopol Ferroalloy Plant to consider increase of statutory fund by over 5 times
The owner of a stake of more than 10% in OJSC Nikopol Ferroalloy Plant in Dnipropetrovsk region, Ukraine's largest silicomanganese and ferromanganese producer, has proposed to repeatedly consider the increase of the company's statutory fund by 5.1 times or by UAH 312 million, to UAH 387.884 million through an additional issue of the stocks. The increase of the company's statutory fund was put on the agenda of a meeting scheduled for May 17. The increase of the plant's statutory fund is aimed at attracting investment to replenish circulating funds and the technical and social development of the company.
04.05.2007 Source: Interfax

Kramatorsk Metallurgical Plant sees losses rise 1.7 times in 2006
OJSC Kramatorsk Metallurgical Plant saw its losses rise by 1.7 times in 2006, to UAH 35.877 million. As reported, on November 7, 2006, the Economic Court of Donetsk region initiated bankruptcy procedures at Kramatorsk Metallurgical Plant. OJSC Kramatorsk Metallurgical Plant produces blast furnace ferroalloys.
04.05.2007 Source: Interfax

Earnings drop 4% at Illich-Stal in 2006
Illich-Stal, the principal shareholder of the Ilyich Metallurgical Works of Mariupol, closed 2006 with net profit down 4.1% to UAH 178.17 million. Net revenue dropped 1.6% to UAH 1.884 billion, and pretax profit fell 7.7% to UAH 232.92 million. Illich-Stal owns 81.1% of the Ilyich Metallurgical Works, which is one of Ukraine's three biggest steel mills.
04.05.2007 Source: Interfax

Ukrainian Iron and Steel Works boost output in the first 4 months of 2007
Alchevsk Iron & Steel Works ups roll output 4.2%, crude steel production rose 1%, pig iron - 4.8%
ups roll output 14.6%, crude steel production rose 17.2%, pig iron was up 22.5%
Dniprovsky Mill
ups roll output 6.6%, crude steel production rose 11.1%, pig iron was up 12.8%
Donetsk Steel Mill
boosts roll output 15.6%, crude steel production rose 25%, pig iron was up 29.1%
Ilyich Iron & Steel Works
ups roll output 4.9%, crude steel production rose 6.1%, pig iron was up 8.3%
boosts roll output 45.8%, crude steel production rose 39.2%
Mittal Steel Kryviy Rih
ups roll output 11.3%, crude steel production rose 20.5%, pig iron was up 15.8%
Yenakiyeve Steel Works
ups roll output 12.8%, crude steel production rose 8.4%, pig iron was up 7.7%
ups roll output 2.3%, crude steel production rose 3%, pig iron was up 2.3%
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