Nippon Steel plans to start commercial production on a new continuous hot dip continuous galvanizing line at the Kimitsu area of its East Nippon Works in Chiba prefecture sometime during January-March 2021. The new CGL No 6, with a design capacity of 33,000 tonnes per month, will be able to produce both hot dipped galvanized steel and hot dipped galvannealed steel. The new production line will be used mainly for the construction of automobile parts, and the sample steel has been sent to the automobile manufacturer for testing.
Nippon Steel had initially planned to start operating the line during this year’s July-September quarter but postponed the start because of uncertainties. The start-up, delayed for over six months, is to lift supplies of ultra-high-tensile steel sheets for Japan’s recovering automotive manufacturing sector.