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Nippon Steel restarts blast furnace in Eastern Japan

  • January 19, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 8:49 p.m.
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Tokyo, Jan. 19 (Jiji Press)–Nippon Steel Corp. <5401> said Tuesday that it has reactivated a blast furnace in Kashima, Ibaraki Prefecture, eastern Japan, following its suspension since April last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

 

The company restarted the blast furnace as steel demand for automobiles and construction machinery has recovered earlier than expected in Japan and abroad.

 

Inventories of steel sheets used in automobiles and other products have declined since autumn last year, according to the company.

 

Nippon Steel said it sees no change in demand after the government declared a coronavirus state of emergency for parts of the country earlier this month.

 

In November, the company reactivated two blast furnaces. Two of the company’s 14 blast furnaces in Japan are still not in operation.

 

 

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