JFE Steel to Shut Upstream & Hot Rolling at Keihin's by Sep’2023

JFE Steel to Shut Upstream & Hot Rolling at Keihin's by Sep’2023

JFE Steel Corporation recently announced that it will shut down the upstream processes and hot rolling equipment in its Keihin district by September 2023 in

accordance with a plan to complete the revamping of the Chiba district No 6 blast furnace by December 2022. Both moves reflect JFE Steel's earlier announcement, made on March 27, that in response to fundamental changes taking place in both the Japanese and international steel industries, the company will implement structural reforms centered on transitioning JFE Steel's operating configuration from eight blast furnaces to seven and reorganizing production operations to focus more strategically on key products for enhanced competitiveness.

JFE Steel previously decided to shut down upstream processes and hot rolling equipment in the Keihin district sometime within FY2023 (ending March 2024). The September 2023 timing is the result of a detailed review carried out by the company's Special Initiatives Headquarters, which is headed by JFE Steel President Yoshihisa Kitano.

Following the shutdown, other Keihin facilities will continue to support the East Japan Works' manufacture of steel pipes and steel plates mainly for construction. Semi-finished products will be supplied from West Japan Works and other areas.

Main Facilities Scheduled for Shutdown (disclosed on March 27, 2020) *indicates newly decided timing of shutdown

Keihin District

Facility Details Startup Shutdown Timing

No. 2 BF Furnace volume: 5,000m3 Mar 2004 Around Sep FU2023*

Shaft Furnace Furnace volume: 172m3 Aug 2008 Around Sep FU2023*

No. 1 Sintering Grate area: 450m2 Oct 1976 Around Sep FU2023*

No. 1 Coke Oven 124 chambers Nov 1976 Around Sep FU2023*

No. 2 Coke Oven 74 chambers Jul 1979 Around Sep FU2023*

Feedstock Facilities for loading, inventory intake/distribution, etc. Around Sep FU2023*

Converters 2 x 328t/ch Nov 1976 Around Sep FU2023*

No. EAF 1 x 50t/ch Apr 1979 Around Sep FU2023*

No. 1 CCM 2-strand (slab) Nov 1976 Around Sep FU2023*

No. 3 CCM 2-strand (slab) Mar 1979 Around Sep FU2023*

No. 5 CCM 6-strand (billet) Dec 1982 Around Sep FU2023*

Hot Rolling, excl pickling Thickness: 1.2-25.4mm Width: 600-2,300mm Mar 1979 Around Sep FU2023*

No. 1 Tandem Mill Thickness: 0.12-1.65mm Width: 600-1,305mm Apr 1961 March FY2019

No. 3 CGL Thickness: 0.27-2.3mm Width: 610-1,250mm Apr 1983 March FY2019

Chiba District

Facility Details Startup Shutdown Timing

No. 2 Tandem Mill Thickness: 0.1-0.6mm Width: 600-l,100mm May 1963 Around Sep FY2022*

No. 2 CAL Thickness: 0.17-0.6mm Width: 600-l,250mm July 1980 March FY2019

No. 4 CAL Thickness: 0.15-0.4mm Width: 600-l,067mm Mar 1990 Around Sep FY2022*

TFL Thickness: 0.1-0.6mm Width: 457-l,067mm Jun 1983 Around Sep FY2022*

No. 2 ETL Thickness: 0.1-0.6mm Width: 600-l,067mm Nov 1972 March FY2019

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