ArcelorMittal France to halt two blast furnaces at Fos-sur-Mer and Dunkirk plants

ArcelorMittal will idle two blast furnaces (BF) at its Fos-sur-Mer and Dunkirk plants due to the coronavirus (2019-nCoV) pandemic, it told Fastmarkets on Friday March 20.

“Given the scale of the coronavirus epidemic and its impact, which creates a situation of force majeure, ArcelorMittal will reduce production at its flat products plants in Europe, including France,” the company said.
“This decision followed the current sharp slowdown in the steel market, as well as the interruption of activity by certain customers and suppliers, despite the continuing strong demand in segments such as packaging steels,” it added.

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Maria Tanatar

Julia Bolotova

March 20, 2020

16:50 GMT

Dnepr, London