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Nippon Steel restarts Kashima furnace on better demand


Nippon Steel, Japan’s largest integrated mill, has restarted a banked blast furnace at the Kashima Area of its East Nippon Works in Ibaraki prefecture, north of Tokyo. The steelmaker is responding to improving domestic steel demand, mainly from the country’s auto and machinery sectors, it said.
The restarted furnace is the No.1 unit at Kashima with an inner volume of a large 5,370 cu meters that was banked on April 15, 2020. It was idled as part of the company’s efforts to adjust output lower to cope with declining steel demand from the COVID-19 outbreak. The unit was restarted on


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