Japan’s crude steel output for the fiscal 2020 (April 2020-March 2021) may decline to around 80 million tonne from the 98.43 million tonnes for FY19, predicted Eiji Hashimoto, the newly-appointed chairman of the Japan Iron & Steel Federation (JISF) on June 16 after the first press conference as chairman.
Local government authorities in North China’s Shanxi province responsible for pollution control held a meeting on June 10 to discuss the recent air pollution issues, with several cities in the province, including Fenyang, being ordered to put forward solutions for recent air-quality issues, Mysteel Global has learnt.
Six Chinese steel producers including China Baowu Steel Group (Baowu) and Hebei Iron & Steel Group (HBIS) are listed among the world’s top ten steel producers in terms of their 2019 crude steel production, the same number included in the 2018 ranking, according to tables released by the World Steel Association (WSA) on June 3.
As part of the efforts to reduce local pollutant emissions, Anyang city government in Central China’s Henan province plans to curtail the utilization of the local coking ovens with the chamber height below 4.3 metres within 50% of their designed capacities starting July 1, market sources said.
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.
China’s core coal mining province, Shanxi, plans to eliminate all coal mines under 600,000 tonnes/year capacity by the end of 2020, as part of the province’s three-year campaign over 2020-2022 to enhance safety in the industry, according to the plan recently released by the provincial government.
Despite a formal government notice circulated in the market on May 30, none of the 21 steel mills in Tangshan of North China’s Hebei province have been carrying out a range of 20%-50% cuts on their sintering, pelletizing and blast furnace capacities as speculated by June 2, local industry sources confirmed.
Between now and year’s end, coking plants in East China’s Shandong can expect to have their operations squeezed as part of the province’s campaign to slash coal consumption, according to a recent government notification, and the production cuts, if strictly enforced, will see the province’s total coke output capped at 32 million tonnes in 2020, or down sharply by 35% on year.
China’s local authorities are not ready to surrender and admit their failure to achieve the 60% consolidation target in China’s steel industry by 2020 mainly via mergers and acquisitions even though there are only eight months for them to work towards the ambition and despite that China’s top ten steel mills contributed to only 36.6% of the country’s 996 million tonnes of crude steel output for 2019.
In response to steep decline in domestic steel demand, Nippon Steel, Japan’s largest integrated steel mill, announced on May 8 to bring forward the banking of another blast furnace and a furnace relining both to July from the originally-planned dates, which may cut off another 220,000 tonnes/month steel output.
Yoshihisa Kitano, chairman of the Japan Iron & Steel Federation (JISF) and president of JFE Steel, warned that Japan’s steel demand in April-June would run into “an unprecedented difficult period”, and it is important to adjust the output in accordance with the actual demand, according to a JISF statement in Japanese on April 24.
Tangshan city, China’s top steel producing city in North China’s Hebei province, is promoting the development of its coastal Caofeidian district on the city’s southern outskirts, unveiling plans on April 20 that include the establishment of a 20 million tonnes/year production base for high quality steel, with more mills being encouraged to relocate there from the city centre, Mysteel Global has learned.
Rizhao Steel Holding Group Co (Rizhao Steel), a privately-owned steel producer in East China’s Shandong province, plans to commission its fifth Endless Strip Production (ESP) line to expand the steel producer’s hot-rolled coil/strip capacity to 12.5 million tonnes/year, a company official confirmed on April 16.