Production of semi-finished products grew by 38%
In Q2 2020, the Metinvest Group cut production of metal products by 1% to 2.2 million tons against Q1, according to a report posted on the Company’s website.
Production of semi-finished products in April–June increased by 38% to 880 thousand tons against January–March. Specifically, pig iron production in three months increased by 3.7 times to 397 thousand tons, whereas production of slabs decreased by 9% to 483 thousand tons.
“Metinvest’s output of merchant semi-finished products surged … amid an increase in merchant pig iron production … caused primarily by higher demand. Meanwhile, merchant slab output decreased … due to lower production at both Mariupol plants,” the report says.
In Q2, Metinvest reduced production of finished products by 17% to 1.3 million tons against the previous quarter. Over this period, the Company managed to increase HRC production by 13% to 386 thousand tons, but decreased production of all other product types.
Production of metal products by Metinvest
|Q2 2020 — Q1 2020, thsd tons||∆ %||H1 2020 — H1 2019, thsd tons||∆ %|
|Galvanized cold-rolled coil||84||2%||166||-17%|
|Other flat products||8||14%||14||-59%|
In H1, Metinvest cut production of metal products by 3% to 4.3 million tons against H1 2019. Production of semi-finished products in H1 increased by 5% to 1.5 million tons, whereas production of finished products fell by 7% to 2.8 million tons.
Slab production grew by 15% on the back of demand. At the same time, pig iron production decreased by 9% mainly due to redirection of pig iron for making steel and downstream products at Ilyich Iron, according to the report.
In H1, the Company managed to increase production of hot-rolled coil and rail products by 70% and 14% to 728 thousand tons and 16 thousand tons respectively. A decline is recorded in production of other types of finished products.
As GMK Center reported earlier, in 2019, Metinvest boosted steel production by 3% to 7.6 million tons against the previous year. Production of pig iron dropped by 3% to 7.9 million tons.