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Japanese steel mills in Osaka unaffected by earthquake

Japanese steel producers did not find any damage to their steel mills after carrying out investigations following the 6.1 magnitude earthquake which hit the Kansai area, around Osaka in western Japan, early Monday. Three of Japan’s integrated mills, Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp, JFE Steel and Kobe Steel, host their production bases in the area hit by the earthquake. As for the electric furnace mills in the affected area, most were not in operation when the earthquake struck as electric furnace mills typically operate only at night.

Officials from NSSMC, who commented on behalf of Osaka Steel Works, Amagasaki Works and Sakai area of Wakayama Works, and officials from Kobe, who commented on behalf of Kobe and Kakogawa Works, said no damage was found and the companies planned to restart operations once detailed safety checks were completed.

JFE Steel confirmed that its Nishinomiya area of East Japan Works was not impacted by the earthquake and had already resumed operations.

Japan’s largest rebar producer Kyoei Steel whose Hirakata plant is located north of Osaka did not suffer any damage, a Kyoei Steel spokesman said.

Osaka Steel, a major section producer also said its plants and group of companies in the area did no suffer any damage to its facilities.

The powerful 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit the Kansai area, around Osaka in western Japan Monday morning at 7.58 am local time, and killed at least three people, with over 150 injured.
Source : PLATTS
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