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JFE Steel Corporation

JFE Steel Completes Expansion of Steelmaking Capacity of West Japan Works' Fukuyama Area
– One Step Closer to Annual Crude Steel Capacity of 33 Million Tons –

TOKYO – JFE Steel Corporation announced today that it has finished construction and is now operating a new single-strand continuous slab casting machine (No.7 continuous caster) and a new slab scarfing machine at the No.3 steelmaking plant of the company's Fukuyama area, the latest step in JFE Steel's effort to reach an annual crude-steel production capacity of 33 million tons.

JFE Steel also has increased the capacity of its No.5 RH degasser, located adjacent to the new No.7 continuous caster.

When the Fukuyama No.3 blast furnace is revamped as scheduled in May 2011, annual crude-steel production capacity will rise to 13 million tons in Fukuyama, 23 million tons in the larger West Japan Works and 33 million tons companywide.

JFE Steel is raising capacity to meet envisioned increases in demand for high-end steel both in Japan and overseas.

No.7 continuous caster
No.7 continuous caster

Slab scarfing machine
Slab scarfing machine

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