Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) --
Uzbekistan boosted steel production 12.2% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2009 to 178,707 tonnes, the country’s State Statistics Committee said.
Output of long steel products rose 11% to 167,004 tonnes.
Crude steel production in Uzbekistan grew 4.5% to 685,700 tonnes in 2008. Roll production grew 3.8% to 643,000 tonnes.
The Uzbek Metallurgical Combine (Uzmetkombinat) produces 85% of Uzbekistan’s crude steel, and all of the country’s roll. It is Central Asia’s only steel mill to use scrap metal as raw material and is capable of turning out 750,000 tonnes of steel per year.