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Chinese Mill Upgrades Caster Automation, Plant Controls

31 Mar 2020 - China’s Baoshan Iron & Steel Co Ltd. has commissioned a new integrated control center (ICC) to run a casting plant at its Shanghai steel works. 

Indian Steel Producers Face Lower Demand 

31 Mar 2020 - The COVID-19 pandemic and national lockdown will weaken India steel demand in India and could lead to an inventory build-up that pressures prices downward, reports the IANS news service. 

Danieli Wins Contract for Galvalume Line

31 Mar 2020 - Danieli has received an order for a continuous Galvalume® line from Bangladeshi strip processor Abul Khair Strip Processing, the equipment supplier has announced. 

An Aging Population, Other Market Challenges Force JFE Steel to Resize 

30 Mar 2020 - JFE Steel will permanently close a blast furnace in southeastern Japan as part of a plan to consolidate operations and refocus on key products, the company has announced.

SSAB Begins Layoff Negotiations

30 Mar 2020 - SSAB is preparing to initiate a round of temporary layoffs at its Finnish operations, citing weak demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

ArcelorMittal Brazil to Idle Blast Furnace 

30 Mar 2020 - ArcelorMittal Brazil will temporarily idle a blast furnace at its Tubarão plant and throttle back production at some of its long steel plants, reports commodities news and pricing service S&P Global Platts. 

Indian Steel Producers Set COVID-19 Curtailments

26 Mar 2020 - JSW Steel, Tata Steel and ArcelorMittal are all pulling back on production despite exceptions that allow them to run during the country’s national COVID-19 lockdown. 

thyssenkrupp, Labor Union Agree to Long-Term Strategic Plan, Coronavirus Curtailments 

25 Mar 2020 - thyssenkrupp and the IG Metall labor union have come to terms on a plan in which the company will shed 3,000 steel jobs over six years, but will invest EUR800 million in its plants during that time, thyssenkrupp has announced. 

voestalpine Idles Blast Furnace; Closes Global Sites

25 Mar 2020 - voestalpine has closed facilities in Europe, South America and the U.S. and will temporarily reduce hours at other European sites as global economy slows.  

Primetals Technologies Announces Start of New Pickling Line

25 Mar 2020 - China’s Shougang Jingtang United Iron & Steel Co. Ltd. has started up a new continuous pickling line built by Primetals Technologies. 

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