Aperam lowers EU output

Aperam is pausing production at some European production lines in response to the coronavirus emergency, Kallanish learns from the company.

The firm controls production units in France and Belgium but did not specify which mills will be impacted and which lines.

“Following stringent measures introduced by several governments in terms of health and safety, hygiene, and border closures which are heavily impairing our ability to continue receiving supplies and producing, we have decided in coordination with our social partners to temporarily pause production at some of our European production lines where necessary,” Aperam says. “Such measures are expected to take a few days to implement depending on the operations.”

The cuts planned from this week will be adapted further as the situation evolves. “The restart and the further output level will be adapted in line with future measures ordered by authorities, the related impact on our workforce and the production situation of our customers. Our flexible multi-plant production set up will minimize the impact for customers,” the company adds.

While production lines will be impacted, service centres will continue working normally at the moment, Kallanish understands.