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Mills launch annual maintenance in Dec amid weak demand

The cooling of steel demand now that winter has taken hold across most parts of China has led many more steelmakers to announce maintenance plans this month, Mysteel has learned from market sources.
Mysteel’s latest irregular survey of maintenance projects planned by mills published on December 12 showed that eight more steel enterprises plan blast furnace stoppages for maintenance this month. Combined with the pig iron production capability of those units still undergoing maintenance, the total of hot metal output affected by the


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