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Tokyo Steel Okayama works to restart HRC after 7 years


After having halted producing hot-rolled coils (HRCs) at its Okayama works in western Japan since April 2015, Tokyo Steel Manufacturing, Japan's leading electric-arc-furnace steel producer, will resume producing HRCs at this steelworks around the end of 2022 or the start of 2023 in response to the growing demand for HRCs and the growing competitiveness of EAF mills with the decarbonization efforts in steelmaking globally.
The suspension was mainly due to the declining demand, and Tokyo Steel has since then been producing the flats only at its Tahara works in central Japan and sending the HRC feeds to Okayama for processing, while Okayama has been producing only long products such as H-beams, channels and rebars,


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