Steel production in Ukraine declined by 3pc to 18.71mn mt in January-November 2020, according to Ukrmetalurgprom data. For the 11-month period, Ukraine steel companies kept closely in line with production levels in the same period last year, producing 18.59mn mt of cast iron and 16.72mn mt of rolled products, up 0.7pc and down 0.4pc, respectively.
Pipe production fell by 16.4pc to 0.79mn mt in January-November while gross coke output dropped by 5.1pc to 8.82mn mt compared with January-November 2019. Sinter production, however, increased by 1.9pc to 28.99mn mt during the same period under comparison.
The industry procured 2.64mn mt of scrap metal in the 11-month period, down 7pc against the same timeframe in 2019, with 98.7pc delivered to Ukrainian consumers as imports. Scrap exports were 33,000mt in the 11-month period, down 20pc compared to the same period a year ago.
Coking coal delivered to Ukrainian plants declined by 5pc to 12.09mn mt in January-November against the same year-ago period with 3.3mn mt or 27.3pc of domestic origin and 8.79mn mt or 72.7pc imported material.
Coke or metallurgical use declined by 9pc to 7.44mn mt in the eleven-month period compared to January-November 2019 with 98.4pc of it originating from Ukraine.