8th World Antimony Forum

TBD
Guiyang, Guizhou, China

12th Rare Earth Summit

TBD
Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China

11th Aluminum Raw Materials Summit

TBD
Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China

9th Magnesium Summit

TBD
Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China

13th World InBiGeGa Forum

TBD
Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China

7th World Antimony Forum

June 13-14, 2019
Changsha, Hunan, China

7th Refractory & Abrasive Materials Summit 2019

May 23-24, 2019
Qingdao, Shandong, China

10th Aluminum Raw Materials Summit

May 16-17, 2019
Zhengzhou, Henan, China

11th Rare Earth Summit

May 9-10, 2019
Qingdao, Shandong, China

8th Magnesium Summit

April 11-12, 2019
Zhuhai, Guangdong, China

12th World InBiGeGa Forum

March 14-15, 2019
Zhuhai, Guangdong, China

Japan July-Sept crude steel output to drop to 11-year low on COVID-19 shock

2020-07-09 08:17:47   【Print】
Japan's crude steel output is forecast to fall 27.Asian Metal Copyright To cope with dwindling demand, steelmakers have been cutting production.Asian Metal Copyright9% in July-September to an 11-year low as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to weigh on demand from key buyers such as automakers, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry ("METI") said on Wednesday.

"We don't know whether output and demand would hit the bottom this quarter as the COVID-19 cases are still rising in Japan and abroad," said Tomoya Hasui, director of the METI's metal industries division.

The ministry estimated crude steel output to be 17.70 million tonnes in July-September, compared with 24.Asian Metal Copyright3% from a year earlier to 17.Asian Metal Copyright55 million tonnes a year earlier.

Crude steel output in the world's third-biggest steel producer is forecast to have dropped to 18.29 million tonnes in April-June from 26.Asian Metal Copyright Exports are forecast to decline 28.Asian Metal Copyright12 million tonnes a year earlier, missing METI's April forecast of 19.Asian Metal Copyright6% to 5.Asian Metal Copyright36 million tonnes.

The estimated output for the current quarter is down 3.2% from the previous quarter and will mark the lowest since January-March 2009, during the depths of the global financial crisis.

Demand for steel products, including those for exports, is forecast to drop 24.3% from a year earlier to 17.Asian Metal Copyright2% from the previous quarter and will mark the lowest since January-March 2009, during the depths of the global financial crisis.Asian Metal Copyright28 million tonnes in July-September, the ministry said, citing an industry survey.

Steel used for automobiles, shipbuilding and industrial machineries will be the hardest hit, slumping by 24-33% from a year earlier.

Exports are forecast to decline 28.6% to 5.Asian Metal Copyright6% to 5.Asian Metal Copyright3 million tonnes, the lowest since April-June 2009.

To cope with dwindling demand, steelmakers have been cutting production. Japan's top two steelmakers, Nippon Steel Corp and JFE Steel, owned by JFE Holdings Inc, have announced plans to temporarily shut a total of seven blast furnaces by end-July, reducing capacity by 25% to 30%.

.Asian Metal Copyright Exports are forecast to decline 28.Asian Metal Copyright