South African steelmaker ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) said that the restart of the second blast furnace at the Vanderbijlpark plant was earlier than originally planned, and will allow the company to quickly resolve the current steel shortage. The lack of rolled metal products negatively affected steel producers and factories.
The JSE registered company has relaunched the blast furnace from December 20, 2020 to address the supply issue. The company originally planned to restart the facility in January this year.
AMSA said last Friday that the kiln was fully operational and will increase annual flat products production in South Africa by about 600,000 tonnes.
CEO Cobus Werster said that with the commissioning of all three blast furnaces at Newcastle and Vanderbijlpark, they will meet the steel needs of South Africa and neighboring countries over the next few months.