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ArcelorMittal to idle Krakow blast furnace

2019-11-15 10:28:17  【Print】
ArcelorMittal will begin the temporary closure of its blast furnace and steel plant in Krakow, Poland on November 23, the company said Tuesday.

"Our three blast furnaces are now working at their technological minimum so we cannot reduce production volumes any further. As the situation on the steel market continues to deteriorate and the outlook remains gloomy, we regrettably have no choice but to temporarily idle the blast furnace in Krakow," the company's CEO Geert Verbeeck said in a statement.

In July, the company postponed the closure scheduled for September following protests from labor unions. Following the postponement, the company reduced the capacity utilization of three blast furnaces, two in Dabrowa Gornicza and one in Krakow.

ArcelorMittal Poland said it had previously idled the blast furnace and steel shop in Krakow, between August 2010 and March 2011, and that they were later restarted, once the market improved.

The company said it plans to restart the blast furnace and steel shop in Krakow once market conditions improve. In the meantime, the "great majority" of the 1,200 workers in Krakow will be offered positions in other plants in Krakow and Dabrowa Gornicza, it said.

.Asian Metal Copyright Following the postponement, the company reduced the capacity utilization of three blast furnaces, two in Dabrowa Gornicza and one in Krakow.Asian Metal Copyright