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NFP increases production by 8.7% in Aug, by 20.7% in Jan-Aug

KYIV. Sept 14 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Nikopol Ferroalloy Plant (NFP, Dnipropetrovsk region) in January-August this year increased its production by 20.7% compared to the same period last year, to 447,945 tonnes.

As the Ukrainian Association of Producers of Ferroalloys and Other Electrometallurgical Products told Interfax-Ukraine, citing corporate publication Electrometallurg, with a production plan of 66,030 tonnes, a total of 67,795 tonnes of commercial ferroalloys were produced in August.

In September, the production plan is 65,000 tonnes.

At the same time, it is clarified that such data were made public during an operational meeting of Director General of Nikopol Ferroalloy Plant Volodymyr Kutsyn with heads of structural divisions. The main topics of the meeting were the production situation at NFP, changes in the organizational structure and personnel rotations, the personnel balance and the planned increase in salaries at the enterprise, the peculiarities of introducing a digital sick-list, as well as the results and further plans for the vaccination of the plant’s employees.

It was stated that in one of the plant’s workshops there are 13 melting units in operation, in the other – two furnaces, practically the entire furnace arsenal is involved, with the exception of three melting units. Furnace No. 3 is undergoing overhaul; the overhaul will be completed in the fourth quarter of 2022. Furnaces No. 5 and 18 are not used at this stage, but Japanese round furnace No. 18 is ready to be energized. Such a need may appear at any time, but the company lacks personnel.

According to the director general, the personnel resource in Nikopol has practically dried up, therefore, in order to attract and retain professionals, it is necessary to increase salaries for the professions most in demand at the enterprise. This issue is planned to be considered in the near future.

At the meeting, Kutsyn introduced the new head of the labor protection service, Andriy Zaspenko, and noted that labor protection and safety measures were and will be the top priority issue at the NFP.

As for the issue of combating the spread of coronavirus infection, Kutsyn stressed that large-scale vaccination remains their main task today.

"In general, the company has already vaccinated 50% of employees, there are divisions and services where 100% of employees are vaccinated. And if we take statistics, then this is a fairly good indicator," the NFP director general said.