Украинские металлурги в апреле нарастили выпуск проката на 27,3%(c) shutterstock.com

Production of steel and pig iron went up as well

In April 2021, Ukraine’s steelmaking companies ramped up production of rolled products by 27.3% to 1.66 million tons against April 2020, according to the updated statistics of Ukrmetallurgprom.

Specifically, in April Ukrainian companies produced:

  • 2.8 million tons of sinter ore (by 14.8% more than in April 2020);
  • 831 thousand tons of coke (+8.8%);
  • 1.76 million tons of pig iron (+26.6%);
  • 1.84 million tons of steel (+37.7%);
  • 87 thousand tons of pipes and tubes (+27.9%).

Production of rolled products in January–April increased by 7% to 6.39 million tons against the same period of 2020.

In 4M, Ukrainian steelmakers produced:

  • 11.04 million tons of sinter ore (+7% against 4M 2020);
  • 3.25 million tons of coke (+1.1%);
  • 7.07 million tons of pig iron (+9%);
  • 7.14 million tons of steel (+7.2%);
  • 290 thousand tons of pipes and tubes (+5.2%).

As of 13 May 2021, the main operating production facilities included: 17 out of 21 blast furnaces, 7 out of 8 open-hearth furnaces, 12 out of 16 BOFs, 5 out of 15 electric-arc furnaces, and 15 out of 17 continuous casting machines are currently in operation.

As GMK Center reported earlier, in 2020, companies of Ukraine’s mining & metals sector decreased steel production by 1.1% to 20.62 million tons, while production of pig iron increased by 1.8% to 20.42 million tons, and rolled products by 1.2% to 18.43 million tons against 2019.