BMZ delivers automotive steel to Spain

Byelorussian Steel Works (BMZ) shipped its first batch of steel products in 2021 to Spain, the company says.

The batch of round bars intended for the automotive industry was sent to a consumer from the Basque region. In the first hours of the new year, rebar was also being shipped to Israel, it adds.

BMZ started its stable deliveries of rolled products to Spain just last year and in 2021 exports to this market will continue, the enterprise claims.

In 2020 BMZ shipped almost the same level of steel products compared to the same period of 2019.

Exports amounted to almost 2 million tonnes, shipped to 53 countries, Kallanish notes. In January-December, the company sold over 180,000t of rolled bars with diameters from 20mm to 160 mm, up by 125% on-year. The importers included Russia, Germany, Israel, Lithuania and Poland. Over 50% of all exports go to European markets.

“The continuous improvement of production technologies and product quality allows the plant to deal with even the most demanding customers, for example, world-class manufacturers of tires and automotive components,” BMZ says. “One of effectiveness indicators of the research work is the share of innovative products in the total shipment volume, which traditionally exceeds 20%.”

BMZ has 57 certificates of conformity for the production of various types of products, which allow it to supply products to most EU countries, as well as Israel, Russia, Ukraine and the US, the enterprise claims.

The company suffered financial losses from its EAF stoppage during August, precipitated by the social unrest seen in Belarus after the presidential election (see Kallanish passim).

BMZ increased crude steel production in the first half of the year to 1.25mt, up by 16% on-year.