Steelmaking production in Ukraine in 2013 will grow by 3% compared to the expected performance of this year – up to 33.7 million tons, director of the Ukrpromvneshekspertiza Centre Volodymyr Vlasyuk told a press conference "Steel and Raw Materials: Ukrainian steelmaking industry in 2013", ForUm correspondent reports.

According to the expert, in 2012, domestic steel plants have made 32.7 million tons of steel.

The following year, steelmakers will be favored by the fall in world prices for iron ore and coking coal, he said. "However, the demand for finished products will not significantly increase. - the analyst said. - In 2013, Ukraine can expect a slight increase in exports (by 500 thousand tons) and domestic sales (by 300 thousand tons). The annual average sales price for rolled metal in foreign and domestic markets will decline by 5-7%. However, under falling prices and primecost, profitability will remain unchanged, at 3% level. Accordingly, the Ukrainian economy will operate in conditions of reduced earnings from rolled metal products exports".

The expert believe that the domestic market may grow by 300 thousand tons due to repairs and renovation of existing facilities, in particular, of the Ukrzaliznytsia railway company (cars and paths), metallurgical enterprises (capital construction), housing (replacing pipes), construction of terminals in ports etc.

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