On October 16th and 17th, the fourth International Conference "Stainless and Special Steels 2008", organized by the holding CENTRAVIS, was held in Dnepropetrovsk. The leading metal companies of Russia and Ukraine participated in the conference. DNEPROSPETSSTAL was represented by Daniel Valk, Chairman of the Board, and Vladislav Kisenko, Manager of Sales Department.
On the first day of the conference the participants discussed the situation in the CIS market for flat-rolled stainless products as well as issues of steel dumping, import quotas and end-user service quality. The delegates also looked into the current situation in Ukraine's market for flat-rolled stainless steels from the view-point of changed steel grade programs and development targets for the year 2009.
According to CENTRAVIS management, in the midst of the world financial crisis the seamless pipe market is in a most advantageous position. No reduction in demand is expected. The pipe makers' optimism is confirmed by the investments being made in the manufacturing sector.
At the plant of CJSC "Centravis Production Ukraine" (the former Nikopol stainless pipe manufacturing plant), a new pipe press line is being installed. In the pipe drawing shop a U-shaped pipe manufacturing facility has opened. In addition CENTRAVIS has revised upward the grade range for its products which necessitates its suppliers using new types of blanks.