Critical lime shortage hurts Brazilian BF output amid truckers strike

Brazilian steelmakers are being forced to cut or even stop production as a strike by truck drivers in the country is causing a shortage of crucial raw materials, sources told Metal Bulletin.

The nationwide strike, which began on May 18 in protest at rising fuel prices, has meant that mills are struggling to secure supplies of calcium oxide and other steelmaking raw materials, which has brought production at many blast furnaces to a near halt. "All mills use lime in steel production, and inventories are very low, so most of them are having production problems," Carlos Loureiro, president of the Brazilian flat steel producers association Inda told Metal Bulletin on Tuesday May 29. By the end of Tuesday, information circulated that all blast furnace production in the country's south-eastern Minas Gerais state was close to a halt. In Usiminas's...

Published

Felipe Peroni

May 30, 2018

09:32 GMT

São Paulo