principal steelmakers boosted their combined export volumes for
rolled products by 7 percent to 24.2 million tonnes in 2012
compared with the previous year, according to not-for-profit
steelmaking partnership Russian Steel.
Production of rolled steel by
the major Russian steelmakers stood at 55.3 million tonnes in
2012, up 3 percent from the previous year, Russian Steel
The steelmakers also sold 31.1
million tonnes of rolled products in the domestic market last
year, up 0.1 percent from 2011.
December export volumes rose 0.6
percent year on year to 2.1 million tonnes, Russian Steel said.
However, domestic sales for the month fell 9 percent year on
year to 2.3 million tonnes and output fell 4.5 percent to 4.4
million tonnes in the same comparison.
Russian Steel collects
production and sales data from member companies, including
EvrazHolding OOO, Moscow; Novolipetsk Steel OJSC, Lipetsk,
Russia; Magnitogorsk Iron & Steel Works, Magnitogorsk,
Russia; and Mechel OAO and Metalloinvest Holding Co., both
based in Moscow.