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ArcelorMittal to idle EAF in Luxembourg

Luxembourg – Owing to weak demand in Europe, ArcelorMittal is to stop melting at its Schifflange works in Luxembourg and to reduce output on several of its long products rolling lines, and similarly at its nearby Rodange facility.

An LCGB-SESM union notice said Schifflange was set to shut for an indefinite period as ArcelorMittal blamed ‘a sharp deterioration in economic conditions from the third quarter of 2011’.

The facilities produce bars, sections and crane rails for the European market. The capacity of the electric arc furnace (EAF) at Schifflange is 1.3 million tonnes per annum. Schifflange has a finished products capacity of 800 000 tonnes per year of wire rod, while Rodange can roll a total 400 000 tonnes per annum of heavy and medium sections.

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