TOKYO (Scrap Register): Japan's crude steel production dropped 0.8% from a year earlier to 8.65 million tonnes in April, down for the eighth consecutive month, the Japan Iron and Steel Federation (JISF) said.
Although problems with blast furnaces were resolved, many operators did not activate electric furnaces during the 10-day holiday period starting in late April, a federation official said.
The volume of crude steel production at electric furnaces slumped 4.9%. Production of steel at converters, made mainly from iron ore, increased 0.6%.
Output of light bars for housing construction and other purposes shrank 3.7%, while that of heavy plates used maniny for ships rose 1.7%.