For Ukraine, 2017 started with challenges, stemming from the lingering conflict in the east of the country that has had a dramatic effect on the local steel industry.
The blockade of railroad that connects areas controlled by the Kiev-based central government and pro-Russia separatists in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, which started in late January, resulted in the disruption of raw material supply to the mills in both territories.
Consequently, some mills had to reduce steel output, while others were forced to stop production completely.
In the list of idled mills today are Alchevsk Metallurgical Plant (AMK), specialising in slab and plate production, as well as Dneprovskiy Dzerzhinskiy Metallurgical Plant (DMKD), a producer of billet and long steel. Both are owned by Industrial Union of Donbass (ISD).
Ukrainian pig iron producer Donetskstal (DMZ) as well as Metinvest’s billet and long steel mill Yenakiieve Iron & Steel Works, located in...