Construction of the plant was started in 1930. On August 12, 1933 its blast furnace #1 produced first cast iron. In this year the 1-st steel-making furnace - open-hearth furnace - was put into operation.
During 1948-1953 a complex of rolling-mill shops was constructed. They produced railways and large-scale structural shapes. "Azovstal" became an enterprise with a complete metallurgic complex. The 2-nd phase of the enterprise development started in 1973 with putting into operation a plate mill 3600, in 1977 an oxygen-converter plant was put into operation, in 1981 an electric steel-melting shop was open.
Since 1996 the complex is an open joint-stock company.
The company is among the 3 biggest metallurgical enterprises of Ukraine. It comprises: a sintering plant, a blast-furnace shop, steel-making and rolling complexes.
Besides metallurgic shops of the main production the complex has: developed transport system, own sea transport, repair base, power engineering department, shops for waste processing with the use of computers.
Most part of the products is certified by the world leading organisations: Lloyds Register of Shipping, German Lloyd, Det Norske Veritas, American Bureau of Shipping, TUV Rheinland, American Petroleum Institute, Bureau Veritas (France), Maritime Register of Shipping (Russia), the organisations issued 35 certificates for "Azovstal" products.
ISO 9001 quality control system was introduced at the enterprise.
The complex exports its products to various countries of the Western Europe, North and South Americas, South-East Asia and Middle East.
The complex annually invests dozens of millions of dollars in technical re-equipment of production which provides high quality of products and carrying out various environment-protecting projects. A composition of proper technical and personnel potential of the complex, resolution of transport problems and good geographical location create exclusive opportunities for efficient investment.
Summarizing the aforecited it is worth saying that "Azovstal" complex is a powerful metallurgic enterprise able to solve sophisticated economic and technical tasks.
- cast iron and pig iron;
- rolled sections;
- rolled plates;
- railroad rails;
- rail chairs and fishplates;
- granulated BF slag;
- office and home furniture.