The Ukrainian major pipe producers over the period between January and March 2018 raised the volume of manufactured pipes by 10.7% against the same period of 2017. Cumulatively, the pipe output has grown to 268,000 tons, which included the 99,000 tons produced in March alone, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
According to the Ministry of Trade Development and Trade of Ukraine, Ukrainian manufacturers that are not members of the Ukrtruboprom association, reduced production by 9.4% in annual terms, to 72,600 tons, including the 28,100 tons manufactured in March alone.
Mariupol Illich Steel Works, which is not a part of the association, raised pipe manufacturing by 8%, to 35,100 tons (15,100 tons produced in March). At the same time, Kominmet reduced its output by 21%, to 37,600 tons (13,000 tons).
According to the Ukrtruboprom association, its members raised pipe manufacturing by 21%, to 196,200 in the first three months of 2018, producing 70,900 tons in March alone.
The Interpipe Nyzhnyodniprovsky Pipe Rolling Plant manufactured a total of 72,400 tons within the aforementioned period, which shows a 28.6% compared to the corresponding period in 2017. At the same time, the Interpipe Novomoskovsk Pipe Plant raised its level of output by 33.9%, to 24,500 tons, whereas the Interpipe Niko Tube managed to manufacture 22.9% more pipes, against the same period last year.
Pipe production at the Dnipropetrovsk Pipe plant fell to 5,200 tons, indicating a 21.2% decline. On the other hand, Centravis managed to raise its output to 4,800 tons of stainless pipes, showing a 9.1% expansion.