Ukrainian steelmaker Zaporizhstal shipped out 20,000mt of new steel products in 2020 despite the challenges it faced during the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. It made eight new types of hot- and cold-rolled steel through the year.
In 2020, Zaporizhstal’s steel smelting output was down by 5.5pc while its rolled metal production declined by 4.3pc. During the same period, its pig iron production rose by 2.5pc. Actual volumes were not disclosed by the steelmaker.
Although the virus affected the company’s overall production, the firm focused on improving its product quality and introducing new products in the market while modernizing its existing facilities. In January 2020, the company invested in modernizing and re-engineering its locomotive parts and also acquired two railway cranes in March. In 2021, the company has ordered a new front-end loader for blast furnace production.