Automotive slowdown to hit ArcelorMittal Florange output

ArcelorMittal has announced to its workforce its intention to temporarily idle some rolling lines at its unit in Florange, France, due to the reduction in demand from the automotive sector, Kallanish learns from local sources.

The company has not issue prior to press deadline an official comment on the matter. It is understood nevertheless that the lines impacted should be those for galvanised coils at the unit, including the second one recently inaugurated. The Galsa line number 1 could be temporary halted from 28 October until 7 November, and the Galsa line number 2 from 18 November until 22 November.

Workers will be invited to take holidays to avoid the need to use layoffs at the site.

If the semiconductors shortage continues to further to impact automotive output, more reductions could be implemented by other steelmakers in the coming months, Kallanish notes.

Emanuele Norsa Italy