On April 24, China Iron and Steel Association held a symposium on the economic operation of some iron and steel enterprises in the first quarter in Angang to analyze the operation of the industry in the first quarter, understand the main problems and outstanding difficulties encountered in the production and operation of iron and steel enterprises, and at the same time grasp the late industry operation situation and put forward countermeasures and suggestions.
Steel Association Party Committee standing Committee, Vice President Tang Zujun presided over the symposium and made a summary speech, steel Association chief economist Wang Yingsheng attended the symposium. 16 iron and steel enterprises in charge of the operation of the person in charge of the association, Vice Secretary-General Wang Dechun, Shi Hongwei, deputy chief engineer Huang Dao, deputy Secretary-General Gu Yan, the association related business department heads attended the meeting.
The steel association first notified the operation of the steel industry in the first quarter and the main problems that should be concerned. Anshan Iron and Steel, China Baowu, Shougang, Hbis Steel, Shagang, Citic Pacific Special Steel, Hunan Iron and Steel, Baotou Steel, An Steel, Xintian Steel, Jianlong Heavy Industry, Nangang, Sangang, Shaanxi Steel, Liugang, Jiugang and other steel enterprises respectively exchanged their production and operation conditions in the first quarter. On the whole, in the first quarter, the overall production and operation situation of iron and steel enterprises improved from the previous quarter, and most enterprises achieved a good start, but at the same time, they faced difficulties such as lower demand than expected, greater market volatility, and significant cost recovery.
As for the future operation trend of the industry, the participants believed that the current international situation is complex and changeable, the global economic recovery is slow, the domestic macro economy has begun to stabilize and exert strength, and the steel demand has picked up, but there is still a certain gap compared with the expectation. The second quarter and the second half of the steel market uncertain factors are still large, steel prices are expected to be weak overall or present shock trend. Generally speaking, with the effect of national measures to stabilize growth gradually emerging, the supply and demand pattern of the steel market may be improved, and the steel industry will still maintain a stable operation.
Tang Zujun fully affirmed the effect of this meeting in his concluding speech. He talked about several views on the current operation of the industry and related work of the Steel Association:
First of all, the steel industry has helped support the stabilization and recovery of the national economy. From the comparison of some indicators of the iron and steel industry and the national economy in the first quarter, it can be said that the iron and steel industry, as a basic industry, helped the stabilization and recovery of the economy and supported the development of the national economy. In terms of output and added value, the steel industry has been working towards the same direction as the macro-economy and the industrial economy, and has been making efforts ahead of time to help stabilize and recover the economy, proving with concrete actions that the steel industry is the steel backbone supporting the national economy. The iron and steel industry has the ability, determination and competitiveness to become the “stabilizer” and “ballast stone” of the stable operation of the national economy.
Secondly, we should study and judge the situation accurately and accelerate the transformation and upgrading of the industry. The economy got off to a good start in the first quarter, with steel and other industries leading the way, laying the foundation and boosting confidence for achieving the target of 5% growth this year. However, the foundation of economic recovery is not firm, and the steel industry has entered the transition period of adjustment. First, the world is undergoing profound changes unseen in a century, and factors of uncertainty and instability are on the rise. Second, the global economic situation is not optimistic. Third, the recovery of domestic consumption has fallen short of expectations. Fourth, the investment of steel demand pulling effect is weaker and weaker. “From the current situation, the steel industry has entered the transition period of adjustment, is also the general trend. In a period of great change, we should still calm down, observe and analyze the situation at home and abroad, and decide what we should do. To survive, live well and live for a long time, enterprises must adapt to the environment, keep pace with The Times, follow the new development concept, take the path of high-quality development, and move towards high-end, green, intelligent, centralized and international development.” Tang Zujun said, “The association will also work with you to accelerate the construction of modern steel industry by focusing on the” 1231 “target tasks, implementing the” 232 “key work promotion system.”
Thirdly, lean management should be strengthened to improve efficiency and benefit. High-quality development is the main task and theme of the new era. Lean management is an important support for high-quality development. Iron and steel enterprises in management has a deep accumulation and deposits. Management still needs to persevere, in every aspect, every link of excellence, intensive farming, careful budgeting, the pursuit of excellence, the pursuit of the extreme. Steel enterprises in this respect still have room, no end, always on the way. In the current period, iron and steel enterprises need to look inward, find the gap on the standard, practice the basic skills, deepen the potential efforts on the standard, constantly improve the management ability, improve the competitiveness in the domestic and foreign markets.
Finally, strengthen industry self-discipline and work together to promote the establishment of a new mechanism for capacity management. The steel industry has experienced a significant improvement in the market environment after the supply-side structural reform. However, the low industrial concentration and the prominent contradiction between supply and demand have gradually become prominent in recent years, which is bound to affect the competitiveness and sustainable development of the industry. China Steel Association is studying and promoting the establishment of a new mechanism to control production capacity. Judging from the current situation, it is necessary to give full play to both the invisible hand of the market and the visible hand of the government. In the long run, it is necessary to jointly restructure, increase industrial concentration, and optimize the industrial structure and distribution.
“But no matter in the near term or in the long term, industry self-discipline is the foundation. Enterprises should have rational judgment, realistic choice and positive response to the market. They should continue to adhere to the” three definite “principle of” set production by sales, set production by effect and set sales by present “, follow the laws of economy, market and enterprise development, and meet the needs of users for the purpose of achieving a dynamic balance between supply and demand. To form a good market environment and an ecosystem for the healthy development of the industry.” “Stressed Tang Zujun.
Recently, steel prices in the domestic market have been falling rapidly, and steel enterprises are facing severe challenges in production and operation. Faced with the difficult situation, the association called on steel enterprises to carefully analyze market changes, strengthen self-discipline, adhere to the principle of “three definite and three no”, take measures to maintain a stable cash flow, do not deposit funds in inventory, take the initiative to reduce production, and jointly maintain the smooth operation of the steel market.
At the meeting, Wang Yingsheng, Shi Hongwei, Huang Dao, Gu Yan respectively on the participating enterprises concerned about output control, industry self-discipline, environmental protection, iron ore resources and other related issues made responses.