Responding to strong world steel prices, Ukraine’s steel makers increased steel production by 7.2%

to 7 million tons in January-April, compared to the same period last year. Ukrmetalurgprom, the industry association, said that pig iron production was up by 9.1%, also to 7 million tons. Last year, half of Ukraine’s metal exports went to China, which invested a record $542 billion in infrastructure.