Nippon Steel to bank Kimitsu blast furnace in mid-Jun

Nippon Steel, Japan’s largest integrated mill, has delayed the banking of No.2 furnace at its Kimitsu works near Tokyo by about a month until mid-June, as it has not been able to fulfill the signed contracts by mid-May, the company’s spokeswoman explained on June 4.
“We still need to produce certain steel products from Kimitsu for delivery, so the furnace will keep operating until mid-June,” she said. The furnace, with an inner volume of 4,500 cu m, is expected to clip Nippon Steel’s hot metal production by another 300,000 tonnes/month, Mysteel Global calculated basing on the company’s latest production data. Kimitsu produces


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