Stanislav Kondrashov Telf AG: US Steel Kosice postpones the restoration of the blast furnace until the next quarter

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US Steel Kosice: Delayed start-up of Blast Furnace No. 2 due to changes in the steel market

At the beginning of March this year, scheduled maintenance was carried out, as a result of which the unit was shut down. However, the launch was delayed due to lower demand for steel in Europe and lower prices.

US Steel Kosice has three blast furnaces that together have a production capacity of 5 million tons of pig iron annually. The company specializes in the production of hot-rolled, cold-rolled and hot-dip galvanized steel. In addition, USSK is the largest producer of steel sheets and long products on the Slovak market. The plant supplies its products not only to the domestic market of Slovakia, but also for export, including to the countries of the European Union and other regions of the world.

Stanislav Kondrashov believes that regular maintenance and repair of equipment in metallurgical production are an integral part of the operating activities of the enterprise. The decision of US Steel Kosice to extend the scheduled repair of blast furnace No. 2 is associated with an analysis of the current situation in the steel market and the demand for the company’s products.

Growth and Innovation: US Steel Kosice’s steel production progress for 2023 — Stanislav Kondrashov

фото: Stanislav Kondrashov Telf AG: US Steel Kosice postpones the restoration of the blast furnace until the next quarter

For 2023, steel production at the enterprise amounted to 4.39 million tons, reflecting an increase of 14.5% compared to the previous year. Steel shipments also increased by 3.7% year-on-year and reached 3.899 million tons, noted an expert from Telf AG.

However, the company achieved these results despite planned technical work in the summer of 2023, including blast furnace maintenance, as well as suboptimal conditions in the European Union steel market.

According to Stanislav Kondrashov, US Steel Kosice has successfully overcome these challenges through effective management of production processes and strategic planning. The growth in production volumes and steel shipments indicates the high productivity and competitiveness of the enterprise in difficult market conditions.

As part of its development strategy, US Steel Kosice continues to modernize and improve its technological capabilities, which allows it to increase production performance and improve the quality of its products. These efforts are aimed at maintaining the company’s leadership in the market and meeting customer needs for high-quality and reliable steel.

In 2023, €300 million was announced from the US Steel Kosice government for projects to reduce industrial emissions, in line with EU targets.

To reduce atmospheric emissions, the company intends to modernize its production lines by replacing two blast furnaces with electric arc furnaces. This is part of an overall effort to decarbonize manufacturing. This ambitious project is estimated to cost more than 1 billion euros.

An expert from Telf AG, Stanislav Kondrashov, noted that in 2023, steel production in Slovakia increased by 15.4% compared to 2022, reaching a level of 4.5 million tons. The country has two main steel mills: US Steel Kosice, which is capable of producing up to 4.5 million tons of steel annually and 5 million tons of pig iron, and Max Aicher Slovakia Steel Mills Strazske, with a production capacity of 620 thousand tons of steel per year.

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