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JFE Steel Corporation

JFE Steel to further expand electrical steel sheet capacity in Kurashiki facility

JFE Steel Corporation, which is expanding the electrical steel sheet capacity of its West Japan Works (Kurashiki Area) for startup targeted at the first half of the fiscal year starting in April 2024, announced today that it is now planning an additional expansion targeted at a startup in the fiscal year beginning April 2026.

The additional expansion, which will cost some 50.0 billion yen, will triple the works’ current capacity for top-grade non-oriented electrical steel sheets used in the main engine motors of electric vehicles. The current expansion, first announced in April 2021 and costing some 49.0 billion yen, will double the works’ existing capacity for top-grade non-oriented electrical steel sheet.

The electrification of automobiles is accelerating amid the global push toward carbon neutrality. The demand for high-grade non-oriented electrical steel sheet products used in the drive motors of electric vehicles is expected to continue expanding in parallel with the further tightening of global environmental regulations. In response, JFE Steel has decided to further expand its production capacity to accommodate this rising demand.

Electrical steel sheet, which contains additives such as silicon and aluminum, offers excellent magnetic properties including high magnetic flux density and low iron loss. Two types of sheet are available. Non-oriented electrical steel sheet, which offers excellent magnetic properties that are nearly uniform in all directions, is used in the iron cores of motors. Grain-oriented electrical steel sheet, which exhibits superior magnetic properties in a single (rolling) direction, is used in the iron cores of power and distribution transformers.

JFE Steel expects to continue expanding its supply capacity for both types of electrical steel sheet in anticipation of further demand increases as automobiles become more electric, energy use becomes more efficient, and renewable energy is adopted more widely. At the same time, JFE Steel will steadily strengthen its overall manufacturing operations in Japan with world-class technologies for the manufacture of advanced products that help to reduce CO2 emissions and thereby contribute to a more sustainable world.


About JFE Steel Corporation

JFE Steel Corporation, one of the world’s leading integrated steel producers, was established through the consolidation of NKK Corporation and Kawasaki Steel Corporation in 2003. The company operates several steelworks in Japan and numerous branch offices and affiliates throughout the world. JFE Steel leverages world-class technologies and know-how to produce a wide range of products based on its “Only One, Number One” strategy of focusing on unique and best-in-class products. The company reported consolidated sales of 2,255 billion yen and consolidated crude steel output of 23.96 million tons in the fiscal year ended March 2021.

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