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Market Fakts: Russian Steel Industry
Russia forecast to produce 67mt of crude steel in 2011
Russia is forecast to produce 67m tonnes of crude steel and 57.5mt of finished steel products in 2011, both up roughly 5% on 2010 levels, Steel Business Briefing learns from the Russian ministry for industry and trade.
The forecasts are linked to the rate of growth of gross domestic product (GDP) in Russia, which is expected to slightly exceed 4% this year, SBB understands. The ministry also forecasts a 4% increase in domestic pig iron production this year, with output reaching 49.5mt. The country’s output of iron ore concentrate may near 103mt and coke 31mt, both rising by between 3 and 4%. rowth in steel pipe production is expected to continue to outpace growth in other products in 2011, with output increasing by 7% to 8.8mt.
Last year saw the Russian steel industry recover at quick pace, post-economic crisis, the ministry says. It estimates Russia will have produced 64mt of crude steel in 2010, up 8% on 2009. Finished steel production is estimated at 55mt and pig iron production at 47.5mt, also both up around 8%. Pipe output is expected to have risen the most steeply - by 23% to 8.2mt. n terms of raw materials, the country is expected to have produced 99.5mt of iron ore concentrate and 29.7mt of coke in 2010, again up 8% on 2009.
Russian Steel Industry Analysis
During the last few years, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) has positioned itself as a key player in the global steel industry. Moreover, countries like, Russia, Ukraine has positioned themselves as dominant forces in the global steel industry. Steel consumption throughout the region has increased sharply mainly on the back of growing demand from the construction industry. The proximity with other European countries and low production costs enormously benefited these countries and Russia being the largest reservoir of iron ore and steel plants, utilized the opportunities with ease.
According to our research “Russian Steel Industry Analysis”, steel production in Russia has expanded rapidly during the past few years, on the back of sufficient raw material supply, growing investment in Greenfield projects, domestic & export demand, cheap & reliable gas & energy supply. The economic slowdown had its moderate negative effects on the steel demand-supply mix. The production registered a year on year decline of 12.6% and consumption also significantly dropped. However, the industry posted strong recovery in 2010 and overall growth was encouraging. Steel production, which is anticipated to grow at CAGR of 7.2% during 2010-2014, will position Russia as a prominent steel export hub in the world.
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