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JFE Steel Restarts Blast Furnace No 4 at Fukuyama Plant

Steel News - Published on Wed, 23 Sep 2020

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Japanese steel maker JFE Steel has restarted the blast furnace No4 at its Fukuyama steel works. The Fukuyama BF No 4 was restarted a month ahead of an expected resumption by late October, with the blowing-in of the BF carried out on 26 August. The BF was shut on 20 June as part of JFE's measures to weather weakened demand caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and a subsequent manufacturing slowdown. The strong rebound in car production in the country, has led to boosted demand for steel. However, the construction sector continues to struggle, mainly on account of ongoing delays and cancellation of building development projects.

JFE also closed the BF No.4 at Kurashiki on 25 April as part of the Covid-19 response and has brought forward refurbishment work originally planned for 2021.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Wed, 23 Sep 2020
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