Uzbekistan’s state owned SFI Management Group’s steel maker Uzmetkombinat has opened a trading office in Lithuania’s capital Vilnius to supply rebar and wire rod to the Baltic countries by rail and road, as well as to northern and Eastern Europe through the port of Klaipeda. Its main goal is to export long products form Uzbekistan to Europe, where opportunities have emerged after the cessation of supplies from Russia, Belarus and Ukraine due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine to Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Norway. Uzmetkombinat Executive Director Mr Dilshod Akhmedov said "We are aiming to become a stable and long-time partner for the European market. As the mill is the largest steel producer in central Asia, we have all the needed knowledge, skills and capacities to be permanently present in Europe.”Despite significant logistics costs, high prices in European markets will be able to ensure the profitability of metal supplies. The plant expects to annually export to the European Union 40,000 tonnes of wire and fittings with a diameter of 10-25mm.Uzmetkombinat rebar is already certified in Lithuania, Latvia and Sweden, and in the near future expects to receive similar documents in Finland, Denmark and Norway.Uzmetkombinat produced 1.075 million tonnes of finished long products in 2021. Of these, 123,000 tonne were exported, mainly to the neighbouring countries of Central Asia.Uzmetkombinat began in 1944 with an open hearth furnace and constructed new production lines as well as continuous caster in 1962. In the 70s were built and put into operation a steel plant enamelware, arc-furnace plant in the early 80's began production of long products and billets, the new Rolling Mill number 2. In the 90s were commissioned pipe welding shop and plot producing grinding balls with a diameter of 67 mm and 100 mm.