Japan Metals and Mining

RZhD stops buying foreign rails

In January 2014 RZhD stopped the buying of foreign rails, a spokesman for a railway monopoly said. In late 2013, “Trading House RZhD” (a structure of RZhD, engaged in rails purchase) thought about the possibility of buying rails from Japan Nippon Steel in 2014, but decided not to do that.
RZhD is about to buy rails from Evraz and Mechel instead of foreign ones. A source, close to Evraz said that RZhD purchased a lot of Japan rails during the reconstruction and updating of the rail-and-structural steel mill at the EVRAZ Consolidated West-Siberian Iron-and-Steel works (Evraz ZSMK). Since 2013 the company started producing 100-meters rails at its enterprise. A spokesman for Evraz refused to give any comments.

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Norilsk Nickel to diversify precious metals supplies from Europe to Asia

Norilsk Nickel actively negotiates about large supplies of palladium and platinum to China and Japan, the Financial Times writes. The First Vice CEO and the chief of the sales department, P. Fyodorov says that Norilsk Nickel elaborates the new 5 year contract for supplies of palladium and platinum, analogical to those executed with the German BASF. The contract presupposes precious metals supplies on an advanced payment basis. 

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Raspadskaya to increase export of coke coal to Asia

The coal company Raspadskaya, controlled by the Evraz Group, has announced that it increased external sales, including to some Japanese and South Korean steel producers. The growth of export sales reflected demand at the domestic market of Russia, decreased in the first quarter.
To date, Raspadskaya has signed a contract of coal supply with Hyundai Steel and large steel mills of Japan, which weren’t named in accordance with confidentiality agreement.

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Japan and Kyrgyzstan to cooperate in the sphere of rare-earth metals mining

The Japanese PM Shinzo Abe met the Kyrgyz President, Almazbek Atambayev in Tokyo. During the negotiations the agreement about development of bilateral economic relations was signed and importance of cooperation in the sphere of rare-earth metals mining was specified. “We’ll provide the financial support to the Kyrgyz government for the development and improvement of economic situation stimulating promotion of Japanese companies at the Kyrgyz market”, Shinzo Abe said.

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In H1 ferroalloys exports from Russia stayed close to the record 2010 level

In Jan-June 2012 according to the customs and railroad statistics (in the countries of the Customs Union), the export of ferroalloys made up 436.6 thousand tons.
It is by 12% more against the same period 2011 and 4% less against the same period 2010. The 2009 level was exceeded by 39%, of 2006-2008 – on average by 36%. Read more »

Kyrgyzstan proposes to Japan to develop Tien Shan subsoil

Kyrgyzstan proposes to Japan to develop the rare-earth metal deposits at Tien Shan, official sources in the republican government report.

The new PM of Kyrgyzstan, Omurbek Babanov proposed cooperation to the Japanese government.

Kyrgyzstan is rich with natural resources, Babanov said at the meeting with Japanese Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs who visited Bishkek in advance of the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the countries. Read more »

Kazatomprom and Toshiba to go into rare metals

Kazatomprom Corporation (Kazakhstan) and Toshiba (Japan) have established a joint enterprise for carrying out investigation and the development, production and sale of rare metasl, rare earth products and materials. It was registered on September 21, 2011. The joint enterprise is aimed at the creation of a vertically-integrated company for the manufacture of rare metal and rare earth high value added products. The share of Kazatomprom in a new JV makes up 51%, Toshiba – 49%. The main office of the JV will be located in Astana. Read more »

Russia to increase coal supplies to Japan by 16%

In 2011 Russia plans on increasing the coal supplies to Japan by 16 % and reach 12 mln tons, reported K. Alekseev, the Director of the Coal and Turf Trade Department of the Ministry of Energy. After destructive earthquake and tsunami in March 11 2011, Japan went into an energy crisis and the Government had to resort to radical energy cut offs. K.Alekseev reported on Tuesday, that last year Russia exported 10.37 mln tons of coal to Japan. This year the figure might reach 12 mln tons. According to Mr. Read more »

SUEK to Increase Coal Supplies to Japan by 1 mln tons

SUEK plans to increase coal supplies to Japan by 1 million tons in comparison with the last year, reaching 3 million tons, reported the A.Belova, the officer of board of the conference “The Otrasl. Fuel Energy Sector” in St. Petersburg. According to her, Japan has expressed several requests to increase the supplies. Unfortunately, there are serious problems with Japan since they receive additional coal supplies from Russia, Indonesia, Australia, because earthquake and tsunami had a great impact on all its infrastructure system, including the ports and the roads, said A. Belova. Read more »

Within one or two years SUEK to increase coal supplies to Japan by 29%

Within one or two years SUEK is going to increase coal supplies to Japan by 29% to 4.5 million tons annually, the Vice President for Strategy of the Company A. Belova says. Their supplies to Japan were 3.5 million tons in 2010 and over 2 million tons in 2009. Mrs. Belova says that they are ready to supply more but there’re some restrictions in accepting logistics as some of the Japanese ports were destroyed. The Minister of Energy of Russia S. Shmatko claimed several times after the earthquake in Japan that coal supplies to the state from Russia would be enlarged. Read more »

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