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Mogilev Metallurgical Plant OJSC increased steel pipe output by 14.8% in January-March rolling out 31.68 thousand tonnes, a company representative told Interfax.

In March alone the company put out 11.7 thousand tons of pipes, or 17% up on the year.

Cast iron production increased by 21.6% to reach 45 tonnes.

In the meantime, cast shot and split shot production reduced by 13.6% to 3.36 thousand tons.

The source attributes the reduction to the lack of raw stuff.

In January-March 2007 the enterprise increased commodity output by 11.7% on the year, the total value of commodities produced being BYR 56.34 billion, while consumer goods output increased by 8.4% to reach BYR 953 million in value terms.

In 2007 the company is planning to raise industrial output by 8-9% on the year, while consumer goods output is expected to grow 5% and export is expected to enlarge by 10%. This will require a 7% increase in raw stuff imports, the source reported.

Mogilev Metallurgical Plant produces longitudinal welded tubes, water and gas pipes, steel shapes, cast-iron stand-pipes for rubber sealing washers, and cast-iron shot. All in all, there are 250 types of tubes on the plant's production list. The plant manufactures round steel pipes size 20 mm to 89 mm, shapes steel pipes size 20x20 mm to 60x60 mm.

Since 2006 Mogilev Metallurgical Plant has been part of the Belarusian Metallurgical Plant Production Association, which comprises Rechitsa Hardware Plant and Orsha Knitting Machines Plant.

The major commodity produced on commission in 2006 was steel pipes.

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