ArcelorMittal Fos-sur-Mer denies closure of blast furnace again

ArcelorMittal Fos-sur-Mer denies closure of blast furnace again

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Global steel giant ArcelorMittal has stated that it will not be shutting down the remaining blast furnace at its Fos-sur-Mer site near Marseille, following the call made by the French trade union federation General Confederation of Labour (CGT) for a demonstration on June 16 in protest against the rumored decision to shut down the remaining blast furnace at the end of July.

“There is no question of a shutdown of the second blast furnace at the end of July. The Fos site is running at 50 percent of its capacity at the moment,” the company said. As SteelOrbis previously reported, ArcelorMittal had announced on May 13 that they will keep the Fos site in operation with one out of its two blast furnaces in operation until July and beyond, while the other one has been idle since March 23 due to the coronavirus crisis.

The Fos-sur-Mer site employs around 2,500 people directly and 1,500 indirectly. It produces black coils, pickled and oiled coils and sheet, cut-to-length sheets, and slit coils.

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