Tata Steel on Wednesday said it has achieved best ever annual output and sales during fiscal 2012-13 on the back of record hot metal and crude production at 8.85 million tonnes (MT) and 8.13 MT, respectively.

While production of hot metal and crude grew by an impressive 14 per cent each, the year before last, saleable steel saw a 14 per cent growth to 7.94 MT in the last financial year.

Sales too registered an impressive 13 per cent increase to 7.48 MT in the last fiscal, buoyed mainly by over 20 per cent rise in sales to automotive sector.

“Tata Steel completed FY’13 with an overall increase in production and sales volumes. The year registered its best ever performance in hot metal, crude steel production and total sales,” the domestic steel giant said in a statement.

The company’s hot, crude and saleable steel production stood at 7.75 MT. 7.13 MT and 6.97 MT, respectively, in 2011-12.

The company which had sold 6.63 MT of total products in 2011-12, undertook sales of record 4.49 MT flat products used in the automotive sector, and highest ever 2.99 MT of long products used in construction, it said in a statement.

Tata Steel also said its flat product division “achieved its highest ever annual high-end product sales at 190 kilotonnes (KT) to auto customers and best ever annual steel roofing sales volume of 261 kt” in the last fiscal.

The company said major highlights in FY’ 13 include highest ever iron ore dispatch of 15 MT (previous best 13.18 MT in FY’ 12) from its ore mines and quarries besides record 2.33 MT clean coal production from its West Bokaro collieries in Jharkhand.

While Jamshedpur and Haldia saw best ever coke production at a cumulative 3.7 MT, the company’s steel melting shop LD 1 and new bar mill also achieved their best ever production at 3.18 MT and 0.8 MT, respectively, it said.

Tata Steel shares were trading at Rs 302.40 apiece at 14:00 hours on the BSE, down 0.67 per cent in the afternoon trade.

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