Nippon Steel, the largest steel company, restarted the blast furnace at the steelworks in Kashima City, Ibaraki Prefecture, which had been shut down from the 19th.
It is said that the demand for steel, which had been declining due to the influence of the new coronavirus, has recovered.
One blast furnace in the Kashima area of Nippon Steel's East Japan Works restarted on the 19th.
Nippon Steel temporarily shut down a total of three blast furnaces in Japan since April last year due to the global economic slowdown caused by the spread of the new coronavirus infection, but after that, as demand for steel recovered, Last November, we restarted one blast furnace at a steel mill in Kimitsu City, Chiba Prefecture.
It is said that the company decided to restart the blast furnace in the Kashima area this time because the demand for steel continues to recover, mainly for automobiles, and it is necessary to increase production capacity.
As a result, Nippon Steel has temporarily stopped only one blast furnace in Wakayama Prefecture due to the influence of the new coronavirus, and the company wants to determine the timing of resumption by observing future demand trends. ..