Japanese blast furnace mfrs' production hits bottom in Jun/ Inquiries for exports increasing from China, East Africa/ Domestic production for cars recovering gradually/ 'Fragile recovery relying on domestic demand in China' (Jul/03/2020)
Inventories of 3 sheet items/ End-May, increase 100 thou tons to 4,460 thou tons/ Due to seasonal factor/ Manufacturers cut production as demand plunges/ Inventory rate increases to 4.0 months (Jul/03/2020)
Prices of imported sheets in May/ Down 2,300 yen on average of all items/ Prices of Chinese GI sheets remarkably low (Jul/03/2020)
Nippon Steel sells cross-shareholding stocks/ in Toyota Motor, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (Jul/03/2020)
Nippon Steel/ To raise funds of 450 bln yen by subordinated loans (Jul/03/2020)
Ferrous scrap purchase prices by electric furnace mfrs/ Drop further by 1 thou yen in Kanto/ Smooth arrivals, bay area prices likely to shortly fall below 20 thou yen (Jul/03/2020)
Korean POSCO to blow in/ Gwangyang #3 blast furnace again next Fri/ Due to increase in orders received for hot-rolled coils (Jul/02/2020)
JFE Steel/ To improve converter in Kurashiki/ To increase efficiency in hot metal pre-treatment (Jul/02/2020)
Steel demands in South East Asia in 2020/ To fall below 80 mln tons 1st in 3 years/ To increase in Vietnam, Indonesia/ Forecast by SEAISI (Jul/02/2020)
Tokyo Steel/ Reduces ferrous scrap purchase prices/ By 500-1,500 yen (Jul/02/2020)

UACJ/ Joins ASI, int'l organisation/ Certification procedures to begin this year (Jul/03/2020)
JOGMEC begins/ Joint geological survey in Botswana/ Aims to identify promising areas (Jul/03/2020)
Copper coating/ 6 times higher than currently/ NEDO jointly develops new processing machine (Jul/02/2020)
JOGMEC sets up/ Metals Development Dep't, Seafloor Mineral Resources Dep't/ To further support private firms' development (Jul/02/2020)
Store sales market of phosphor bronze/ Further stagnating in Kanto (Jul/01/2020)
JX Nippon Mining & Metals/ To take stake in venture for gallium oxide substrates/ To begin collaboration to increase material purity (Jul/01/2020)
San-Etsu Metals/ To take over Hitachi Alloy's brass bar business/ Also some pieces of brass wire production equipment (Jun/30/2020)
JX Nippon Mining & Metals/ Begins operation in new head office/ Introduces "new way of working", devises design (Jun/30/2020)
Rolled aluminium products/ Shipments plunged by COVID-19 crisis/ In May, to lowest since Lehman collapse/ Down 40% for cars, sluggish for can materials (Jun/29/2020)
UACJ Metal Components/ To close Osaka factory/ To strengthen competitiveness by consolidating sites (Jun/29/2020)

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