In January–November 2020, Ukrainian steelmakers reduced domestic consumption of rolled products by 4.3% to 4.3 million tons compared to the same period a year earlier, according to Ukrmetallurgprom citing ETR-Spektr LLC.
The share of imports in the total volume of the rolled products market in Ukraine was 1.13 million tons, or 26.3%. Compared to 11M 2019, the share of imports shrank by 5.9 pp.
The share of flat products in total imports increased and exceeded that of rolled sections, 56.28% and 42.55% respectively.
The main sources of Ukraine’s imports of rolled products were:
- CIS — 37.1%;
- EU — 24.8%;
- Asia — 21.1%.
In 2019, Ukraine cut domestic consumption of rolled products by 13.1% to 4.7 million tons against the previous year. The share of imports increased by 1.6% y-o-y.
In January–November 2020, Ukrainian ferroalloy producers cut production by 29.5% to 694.7 thousand tons compared to the same period of the previous year, according to Interfax-Ukraine citing the Ukrainian Association of Producers of Ferroalloys and Other Electrometallurgical Products (UkrFA).
In 11M Nikopol and Zaporizhzhia ferroalloy plants (NFP, ZFP) cut silicomanganese production by 31.2% to 522.01 thousand tons compared to January–November 2019.
NFP, ZFP and Kramatorsk ferroalloy plant (KFP) increased ferromanganese production by 18.5% to 114.5 thousand tons against January–November 2019. In 11M 2020, KFP produced 34.09 thousand tons (no production data for January–October 2019 are available). The plant was idle in July–November due to a suspension of the blast furnace.
Ferrosilicon production dropped by 9.9% to 55.39 thousand tons against January–November 2019, while production of metal manganese fell by 51.9% to 2.8 thousand tons.
Pokrov Mining and Processing Plant and Marganets Mining and Processing Plant (Pokrov GOK and Marganets GOK) raised manganese concentrate production by 10.5% to 1.723 million tons y-o-y. Marganets GOK produced 511.5 thousand tons of concentrate (4.9% up to January–November 2019), Pokrov GOK 1.2 million tons (+13.1%).
In 2019, Ukrainian ferroalloy companies ramped up production by 0.4% to 1.018 million tons against 2018.
Ferrosilicon manganese production decreased by 6.4% to 804.7 thousand tons, ferrosilicon by 17.1% to 62.56 thousand tons. Ferromanganese production almost doubled and reached 151.1 thousand tons.
In January–November 2020, Ukrainian pipe companies reduced pipe production by 16.4% to 786.3 thousand tons compared to the same period a year earlier, according to Interfax-Ukraine.
Member companies of Ukrtruboprom reduced production of pipes by 26.2% to 497.2 thousand tons in 11M.
In November, Ukraine produced 77.4 thousand tons of pipes, of which 49.4 thousand tons were made by Ukrtruboprom member companies.
Production at Interpipe companies in 11M declined as follows:
- Interpipe NTRP — by 34.8% to 133.5 thousand tons;
- Interpipe NMPP — by 25.2% to 74.1 thousand tons;
- Interpipe Niko Tube — by 18.1% to 271 thousand tons.
In January–November, Dniprovskiy Pipe Works produced 0.3 thousand tons of pipes against 17.4 thousand tons in the same period of the previous year. Centravis cut production by 13% to 16.8 thousand tons. Production at Trubostal shrank by 42.3% to 1.5 thousand tons.
Non-member companies of Ukrtruboprom showed the following results in 11M:
- Ilyich Iron and Steel Works — 139.3 thousand tons (+7% against the same period of 2019);
- Kominmet — 149.8 thousand tons (+9.5%).
As GMK Center reported earlier, Ukraine’s pipe exports in January–November fell by 23.36% to 431.9 thousand tons compared to the same period of 2019. Export revenues dropped by 22.3% to $478.7 million.
In 2019, Ukraine curtailed pipe production by 9.1% to 1.002 million tons compared to 2018.