Most of the new products have been developed in the segment of semi-finished products, hot-rolled coils and graded products
During 2023, Metinvest group set up the production of 25 new types of products. In particular, the joint venture – Zaporizhstal plant – started production of 14 new products. This is stated in the press release.
«Despite Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, which has been going on for almost two years, Metinvest remains the country’s economic and industrial backbone. The Group’s enterprises have launched new products, in particular, partially compensated for the production of assets in the temporarily occupied Mariupol,» the message says.
Most of the new products were launched in the semi-finished products segment, hot-rolled coils and long products (7 each), and cold-rolled and galvanized coils (2 each).
Zaporizhstal and Kametstal accounted for the lion’s share of new products. Unisteel, a galvanized steel producer, launched two new products.
Zaporizhstal started producing slabs of various sizes from S235, S275 and S355 steel grades. These products are supplied to Metinvest’s European assets, where they are used to make hot-rolled plates and coils.
The company has also started manufacturing seven types of rolled products for the construction and machine-building industries in accordance with European, American and Ukrainian standards. The products are successfully exported to Poland, Romania and other European countries.
Production of cold-rolled coils made of structural steel grades S320GD and S350GD for galvanizing was launched. Previously, Ilyich Iron and Steel Works of Mariupol supplied such semi-finished products for protective coating.
In addition, in 2023, the plant’s cold rolling shop completed the process of mastering the technology for cutting galvanized coils into sheets, which made it possible to significantly increase sales of such products in the domestic market.
Kametstal has set up the production of two types of square billets – continuously cast and hot-rolled – from new steel grades and with increased requirements for structure and properties. The plant now uses these semi-finished products for its own production of long products and wire rod and supplies them to customers in Ukraine and Europe.
This year, the company started production of steel grinding balls with diameters of 25 and 100 mm, as well as SVP27 profile for the mining and metallurgical complex. The plant also produced two types of wire rod – 7.5 mm in diameter from SAE 1008 grade according to the American standard and 8 mm in diameter from European C80D2 steel. The products are used for wire drawing, rope manufacturing and hardware production.
In addition, Kametstal started production of A500C rebar with a diameter of 36 mm and hot-rolled round bars with a diameter of 42 mm.
«Rebar is in demand for critical construction and infrastructure projects and is used to build bridges, shelters and multi-storey buildings. For machine-building enterprises, the Group has mastered the serial production of hot-rolled round bars (42 mm in diameter), which are used to create parts and structural elements for mechanisms and machines,» the company summarizes.
As GMK Center reported earlier, in 2022 Metinvest set up production of 24 new types of steel products. The largest number of new products were developed in the segment of rolled products – 8. The production of 6 types of hot-rolled coils and sheets and 6 types of steel semi-finished products was also established. In addition, two new positions appeared in the cold-rolled and thick-rolled categories.