Report 2015

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Products and Sales

Norilsk Nickel operates its own global sales network covering all major markets, including Russia, Europe, the US and Asia Pacific.

Norilsk Nickel operates its own global sales network covering all major markets

Sales, along with production, is a key value adding line of Norilsk Nickel’s business. In 2015, following the adoption of the production strategy, the Company also updated its sales strategy with a focus on enhanced positioning in end consumer markets to ensure long-term efficiency of sales. The strategy also relies on added value as a key performance indicator to measure sales efficiency.

In 2015, Norilsk Nickel pursued its sales targets against the backdrop of a tough market environment, a significant surplus of physical nickel supply and a slowdown in global commodity and financial markets. However, the Company managed to successfully outperform its global peers in terms of average selling prices. This proved the effectiveness of Norilsk Nickel’s sales network, which enabled the Company to maintain its presence in all key sales markets, along with securing profitable sales. Most products were sold to end consumers, and gaining direct access to them is one of Norilsk Nickel’s top priorities.

In 2015, Norilsk Nickel further diversified its nickel sales across various industries, strengthening its share in the special alloys, galvanic plating and batteries segments. As the world’s largest producer of palladium, the Company continues to implement the strategy for providing end consumers with direct access to the metal to ensure sustainable growth of the industrial use of platinum group metals and demand for them. This is achieved through long-term contracts with major customers in the autocatalyst, electronics, chemical, healthcare and other industries, with a significant share of sales based on long-term prepaid supply arrangements.

Higher sales premiums and improved liquidity are secured through Norilsk Nickel’s products being registered on the world’s major trading exchanges. In June 2015, a range of Company’s nickel brands — SEVERONICKEL COMBINE H-1, SEVERONICKEL COMBINE H-1Y, NORILSK COMBINE H-1 — were successfully registered and listed on the Shanghai Futures Exchange (SFE). This made Norilsk Nickel the only non-Chinese producer of nickel products with its metal brands listed on the SFE. In December 2015, the London Metal Exchange also added the Company’s NORILSK brand of copper produced by Polar Division of MMC Norilsk Nickel to its registered Grade A brands list.

Throughout 2015, Norilsk Nickel continued to maintain the reputation of a highly reliable supplier, placing customer confidence at the core of its sales strategy. Its customer satisfaction index with regard to the quality of products and services also remained high.

Average selling prices of metals produced by Russian enterprises from their own raw materials in 2015
Metal 2015 2014 2013
Nickel, USD/t 11,962 17,072 (30%)
Copper, USD/t 5,585 6,931 (19%)
Palladium, USD/oz t 695 804 (14%)
Platinum, USD/oz t 1,057 1,388 (24%)
Physical metal sales (excluding material purchased from third parties)
2015 2014
Finished products
Russian entities
Nickel, kt 197 228
Copper, kt 343 356
Palladium, ’000 oz t 2,464 2,667
Platinum, ’000 oz t 590 629
Nickel, kt 43 42
Nickel, kt
Botswana and South Africa
Nickel, kt 5 3
Copper, kt 3 2
Palladium, ’000 oz t 100 78
Platinum, ’000 oz t 39 31
Copper, kt 13 11
TOTAL FOR THE GROUPTotal volumes include recalculated volumes of semi-products based on the valuable components content
Nickel, kt 245 273
Copper, kt 359 369
Palladium, ’000 oz t 2,564 2,745
Platinum, ’000 oz t 629 660
Key metal sales in 2015 by region, %
Key metal sales in 2015 by region, %
Key metal sales in 2015 by region, %
Key metal sales in 2015 by region, %
Polar Division Kola MMC Norilsk Nickel Finland
Nickel cathodes Nickel cathodes Nickel cathodes
Copper cathodes Copper cathodes Nickel briquettes
Cobalt ingots Cobalt cathodes Electrolytic nickel powder
Cobalt oxide Cobalt concentrate Nickel and cobalt sulphate
Technical selenium Nickel carbonyl (powder and pellets) Nickel hydroxide and nickel hydroxycarbonate
Commercial lump sulphur Precious metal concentrates
Precious metal concentrates Sulphuric acid

Precious metals are refined from raw materials produced by Polar Division and Kola MMC at Krasnoyarsk Gulidov Non-Ferrous Metals Plant under a tolling agreement.

Total for the Group Physical Metal Sales
Total for the Group Physical Metal Sales