The production volume of pig iron for the month increased by 19.7% m/m, and steel – by 37.1% m/m

In April 2023, Zaporizhstal Iron and Steel Works increased the production of rolled steel by 36.5% compared to the previous month – up to 205.1 thousand tons. This is stated in the enterprise’s press release.

Zaporizhstal’s results

In April, the volume of pig iron production increased by 19.7% compared to March 2023 – up to 231.8 thousand tons. Steel output for the month increased by 37.1% m/m – up to 252.9 thousand tons.

In comparison with April 2022, in April 2023, Zaporizhstal increased the production of pig iron by 3.3 times, steel – by 3.4 times, and rolled steel – by 3 times. Last year’s indicators were affected by the shutdown of the plant due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. From March 2, 2022, Zaporizhkoks and Zaporizhstal in connection with the increase of military aggression of Russia in the region were temporarily switched to hot preservation mode. Already in April, the company resumed work of two blast furnaces.

In January-April 2023, production output at Zaporizhstal decreased by 13.2% year-on-year – to 1.89 million tons. In particular, the plant produced:

  • pig iron – 717.1 thousand tons (-13.6% y/y);
  • steel – 646.5 thousand tons (-10.3%);
  • rolled goods – 530.9 thousand tons (-16.1%).

In March 2023, Zaporizhstal took the blast furnace №2 out of forced hot preservation. From now on, the blast furnace shop of the enterprise will work with three blast furnaces. The blast furnace will reach its planned capacity in the first decade of April.

As GMK Center reported earlier, in 2022 Zaporizhstal reduced pig iron output by 54.3% compared to 2021 – to 2.01 million tons. Steel smelting decreased by 61.7% – to 1.49 million tons, and the production of rolled products – by 60.4%, to 1.304 million tons.