OREANDA-NEWS. Mechel PAO (MOEX: MTLR; NYSE: MTL), a leading Russian mining and metals company, reports signing a framework agreement with a major Japanese universal trading company Itochu Corporation.

The agreement stipulates that Mechel is due to supply Itochu Corporation with up to 300,000 tonnes of washed steam coal produced at Southern Kuzbass Coal Company’s New-Olzherasskaya Mine. The price will be determined by mutual agreement without reference to any particular formula. Japan’s major cement and power facilities will be the end consumers of Mechel’s products.

"Our company highly appreciates the level of cooperation with our Japanese partners. Over the past two years, we shipped coal to Itochu Corporation on spot contracts, and signing a long-term agreement is a logical next step in our partnership. Today Japan’s market accounts for about 20% of Mechel’s coal exports, and we expect to increase this figure in the near future," Mechel Mining Management Company OOO’s Chief Executive Officer Pavel Shtark commented.

Mechel is an international mining and steel company. Its products are marketed in Europe, Asia, North and South America, Africa. Mechel unites producers of coal, iron ore concentrate, steel, rolled products, ferroalloys, heat and electric power. All of its enterprises work in a single production chain, from raw materials to high value-added products.