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Kazakhstan and Japan deepens cooperation in geology

In the framework of the official visit of the Kazakhstani President to Japan on November 8th there was a meeting of the Minister for Investment and Development of Kazakhstan Zhenis Kasymbek and cha

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The Ukraine retains place in top ten of countries, producing steel

By results of the work of metallurgical enterprises in August 2015, the Ukraine increased its steel production by 8.6% as compared to August 2014 to 1.919 million tons, retained the 10th place in the ranking of 65 countries, which are the main world manufacturers of these products, compiled by the World Association of producers steel (Worldsteel).
The fall in the steel production in August was recorded in most of the top ten, except for India, South Korea, Germany and the Ukraine.

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India intends to introduce 20% antidumping duties on Russian steel

The Government of India intends to introduce antidumping duties on imports of steel products in the amount of 20% of their customs value. Metallurgical companies of Russia, China, Japan and South Korea will fall under the sanctions. Currently, the draft document is held formal discussions in departments of the Indian Ministry of Finance, after which are likely to be adopted at the Cabinet meeting.
New duties will be the third step of the Indian authorities to protect domestic producers since July this year. However, previously the Government introduced slight increase in the import duties on a narrow range of rolled metal.

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Russia: Racing through the Japanese energy bridge.

"Inter RAO" and "RAO ES Vostoka" build export plans.
State Company "Inter RAO" and "RAO ES Vostoka" are trying to promote alternative Sakhalin - Japan export energy bridge construction. The project of "Inter RAO" is larger: the company wants to build up to 3 GW of new coal and gas generation. "RAO ES of the East", by contrast, intends to load its existing units and build no more than 1 GW of thermal power plants for export. But both projects look hypothetical: no project operators or investors are identified, large deliveries are possible only with laying power lines to the island of Honshu.

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The largest steel smelting company in Japan Nippon Steel to reduce steel production by 6%

Yesterday, the largest Japanese steel company Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp reported about the fall in its revenues and operating profit by 7% and 12%, respectively. Due to lower prices and oversupply of steel products on the Japanese market and in Asia as a whole, Nippon Steel plans to cut the steel production by 6% or 690 thousand tons to 10.9 million tons in the third quarter.
According to the forecast of the Japanese Ministry of Industry, this quarter the steel production in the country will be the lowest in the past 6 years.

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In June, global steel production fell by 2.4%

In June 2015, the global crude steel production made up 136 million tons, which is by 2.4% below the level of June 2014.
China produced 69 million tons of steel in June, which is by 0.8% less than last year. Japan also reduced the steel production by 6.2% y/y or to 8.6 million tons. The reduction took place also in South Korea – by 3.6% to 5.9 million tons. But India increased its steel production by 0.8% to 7.4 million tons.

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In May, Japanese export of scrap metal grew

In May, Japanese scrap metal exports made up 715 000 tons, increased by 2.4% year on year, the country’s Ministry of Finance reports.

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In May, global steel production fell by 2.1%

According to the World Steel Association, in May 2015, the global steel production was 139 million tons, which is by 2.1% less than in the previous year.
The Chinese steel production fell by 1.7% to 70 million tons. Japan produced 8.9 million tons of steel in May, which is by 7% less than the level of the previous year, South Korea produced 6 million tons, decreased by 2.6%, and India - 7.68 million tons, which is by 4% more than last year.

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UC Rusal awaits growth in global aluminum consumption by 22% by 2018

UC Rusal awaits growth in global aluminum consumption by 22%  to 66 million tons by 2018 compared to 52 million tons in 2013, the chief of the company O. Deripaska claims.

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New industrialization in the regions of Kazakhstan

On July 2nd 2014 the information on the work carried in the framework of the realization of the State program of the planned industrial-innovation development of Kazakhstan for 2010-2014 was released. The State program of the planned industrial-innovation development aims for the stable and balanced economic growth via the diversification and rise of its competitiveness.

Until 2015 the priority of the planned industrialization policy was the realization of large investment projects in the traditional export-oriented sectors of economy, with the multiplication of new business opportunities for small and medium business via the targeted development of the Kazakh contents, for further processing.

Speaking about the regions, particular attention should be paid to the Atyrau region. There are certainly positive results – compared to 2008 the real growth of gross regional product was 10%, it reaches 3,635.1 bln tenge. In the framework of the industrialization map 27 projects in various sectors of economy for the amount of about 68 bln tenge have been put into operation.

The oil and gas production from 2008 has risen 1.5 times: oil – by 149%, gas - 157.4%. Atyrau will become the center of the oil and gas cluster, one of the main directions of which will be car manufacturing. It is planned to launch 3 unique projects.

The East-Kazakhstan region is the first by the volumes of innovation products in the Republic. The regional enterprises produce ¼ of the entire innovation production of the country. The regional industrialization map comprises 61 projects with the investment cost of 685.2 bln tenge, 70% of which are of high production stage. Within 4 years 37 projects for the total amount of 201 bln tenge have been put into operation.

There are 13 projects in the region on the construction of small water and wind electric stations on which preparatory works are held. It is explained by the deficit of electric energy which amounts to 2 bln kWh that forces to look for new energy sources. The total cost of the projects is about $200 mln. Among the main goals of the East-Kazakhstan region is the project of the National company “Kazatomprom” on the foundation of the first in Kazakhstan enterprise on the production of solar batteries with the capacity of 70 MW a year.

Another large project of Kazakhstan in 2014 is the chemicals plant on reagents production for gold mining enterprises in the Zhambyl region. The plant’s cost is 13 bln tenge. This is the first chemicals enterprise in Kazakhstan that produces this type of import-replacing products.

In total in the framework of the industrialization map 41 projects with the total investment volume of 597 bln tenge are realized in the Zhambyl region. 27 projects for more than 100 bln tenge have been put into operation. Together with the developed sectors, such as construction and agriculture, the projects in the mining and metallurgical, chemicals, light industry, electric engineering, pharmaceutical and other spheres are realized.

The North-Kazakhstan region comprises 31 projects for 38 bln tenge. At the present time 28 projects for 27 bln tenge have been put into operation. The stake of projects in the processing industry rose from 11 to 17%. From 2010 the export of the enterprises made up 4 bln tenge.

The investment into main capital has doubled. More than 100 projects aim for being included in the industrialization map. It is planned to launch the project on the energy boiler equipment.

In the framework of the industrialization 24 projects for the total amount of 150 bln tenge are being realized in the Kyzylorda region. Until 2020 the priority directions are the development of car manufacturing, metallurgy, production of construction materials, agricultural sector, tourism and recoverable sources of electric energy.

20 projects are submitted to the Ministry of Industry and New technologies to be included into the industrialization map. It will comprise 4 large projects: construction of a solar electric station with the capacity of 50 mW; development of the “Shalkiya” lead-zinc deposit; car manufacturing plant and a ferroalloys plant on the production of special and composite alloys.

The Karaganda region shows good results. 80 projects are realized in the region for the amount of 500 bln tenge. 53 projects for 100 bln tenge have been launched. The gross regional projects from 2010 rose from 1.9 to 2.6 trln tenge. The region is the 4th in the country by the volume of the gross regional product.

A half of the region’s gross regional product is produced in the industrial sector – 47%. Within the last 5 year the growth speed of the industrial goods production rose 35%. In 2010-2014 the growth of the production volume from 300 to 700 bln tenge is forecast (not taking into account the volume of Arcelor and Kazakhmys).

The Akmola region plans to use the Kazakh raw materials purchased in the domestic market in the production process. The production will meet the needs of agricultural goods producers of Kazakhstan and will be exported outside the country.

A new innovation concrete plant was put into operation in the Mangistau region. The plant will increase the speed of the accommodation construction in the framework of the housing program. Concrete will be produced by a dry method, by the modern and “clean” technology that has the minimal influence on the environment.

“CaspiiCement” actively participates in the planned industrial-innovation development program. Due to the plant’s activity the dependence on imports will fall, local production is being formed.

The Pavlodar region gave a start to a new plant on the ball-rolling production which will produce balls for the mining enterprises of the country using modern Italian equipment. The project gains particular importance by the fact that FerroSilicoAluminium – “Kazakh Alloy” will be used – the author of which is the President of Kazakhstan, N. Nazarbaev. The plant plans not only to cover the needs of the local market but to enter the CIS markets. More than 50 new plants were launched in the region.

The industrialization map of the Aktyubinsk region comprises 76 investment projects for 590.6 bln tenge. By today 70 projects have been launched. The enterprises of the processing sector are supported by the National Fund. It is planned to help enterprises enter not only the local market but also ship products to the foreign market, including the near-the-border regions of Russia.

36 projects for 286.7 bln tenge are realized in the West-Kazakhstan region. For the last 2 years 360 bln tenge of investment have been attracted. The main focus is made on the development of the non-raw materials sector of the economy. On the basis of one of the processing enterprises the production of transformers with the capacity of up to 5,000 pieces a year with the value of 3.1 bln tenge is growing and it is put into operation in 2014.

The Almaty region shows the following results: on the results of 2013 the launched objects produced goods for the amount of more than 27 bln tenge, in Jan-May 2014 – 13.9 bln tenge. In the framework of the industrialization map 47 projects out of 56 are realized, 6 projects will be launched in H2 2014, 3 – in 2015. The investment into the main capital of the processing industry is planned to reach 36.5 bln tenge, the level of activity in the sphere of innovations – to 9.5%.

In the framework of the industrialization map 13 investment projects for more than 27 bln tenge are realized in the Kostanai region. The production of “Toyota Fortuner” cars refers to them. Within 4 years the stake of the processing sector rose by 13% that has significantly reduced the dominant position of the mining sector. The 2nd project – the plant on tyre processing – has been started.

The South-Kazakhstan region increased the volume of the processing industry by 18%, volume of non-raw materials export by 47% within 5 years.

In Astana and Almaty in the framework of the industrialization map the following work has been done:

In Astana 26 projects for 446 bln tenge are being realized. In total 19 projects have been launched since 2010. In 2013 among the 9 put into operation projects was the launch of the energy saving glass units plants “KSS” LLP – construction of the plant on industrial glass processing.

In the framework of the industrialization program in Almaty the project “Foundation of the Industrial area in the Alatau region” started. The total area is 490 ha. The engineering infrastructure works have been executed by more than 70%. 10 projects with the total cost of 67 bln tenge plan to start the construction this year. For the first time within 40 years the largest Cinema and Concert hall was constructed in Almaty, the construction of a new Ice stadium for 12 thousand people has started.

In general the state support of the economy’s diversification is effected via the realization of measures of economic policy at the macro- and within the sector’s levels as well as with the help of the realization of the selective measures on supporting of certain sectors of economy and projects of the regions.

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