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Metinvest opens new metal center in Mariupol

1 June 2011 // Press centre Metinvest Group

Metinvest, an international vertically-integrated mining and steel group of Companies, keeps on expanding its distribution network within client-oriented sales policy. Metinvest SMC has opened new metal center in Mariupol. Planned volumes of sales for 2011 will amount to about 50 000 tons.

SMC in Mariupol is located in the neighborhood of Metinvest mills (Azovstal, MMKI), what shall enable a smooth and timely delivery of the mills’ products. It is anticipated that monthly sales volume of new metal center will amount to 7,000 tons in 2011.

Due to a vertical integration as well as continuous analysis of market trends and needs of clients, the Company is able to ensure a flexible response to changes in demand as well as to align a consistent development of retail network sales with an exceptional high-quality services for clients and optimum logistics.

Dmitriy Nikolaenko, Sales Director of Steel & Rolled Product Division I Metinvest Group, noted: «Historically, domestic market has always been of the first priority for us. The development of distribution network is an important part of strategy aimed at timely satisfaction of our customers’ needs. This year, we are also planning to open metal centers in Lvov and Vinnitsa. Thereby, a complete range of steel products and high-quality service will be available for consumers in major regions of Ukraine».

Editorial note:

Sales Service of Metinvest's Steel and rolled products division comprises of the following sales channels: Metinvest International SA — export of steel products outside Ukraine and to CIS, Metinvest SMC – sales of steel products through service metal centers in Ukraine and South-East Europe, Metinvest Eurasia - export of steel product to Russia, Metinvest Ukraine – sales of commercial steel product in Ukraine and export to CIS countries in batches from 65 tons and more.

Metinvest SMC (network of service metal centers) — retail sales channel of the Sales Organization, Steel Division, Metinvest Group in Ukraine and Eastern Europe. The Company is dealing with sales of Metinvest Group products as well as of other Ukrainian and CIS enterprises. Presently, Metinvest SMC network includes 12 metal centers in Kiev, Donetsk, Dnepropetrovsk, Kharkov, Kremenchug, Krivoy Rog, Mariupol, Nikolayev, Odessa, Sevastopol, Simferopol. The range of products comprises of more than 900 items.

Metinvest is an international vertically integrated mining and metallurgical group of companies, Production facilities of Metinvest Group enterprises allow both to satisfy own demand in raw materials, liquid steel and semi-finished products and to be key supplier for major Ukrainian and European companies as well as Asian companies, The shareholders of Metinvest Group are SCM Group (75%) and Smart Holding (25%) that take part in management of Metinvest Group on partnership basis.

Metinvest Holding is the managing company of Metinvest Group.