Taranto to restart plate production in early 2019

ArcelorMittal Italia has confirmed that plate production at its former Ilva plant in Taranto, is set to restart at the beginning of next year, Kallanish learns from Carlo Malasomma, cmo of ArcelorMittal Italia. He was speaking at the Bilanci d’Acciaio event in Naples.

“The former Ilva has the potential to be very well integrated, we therefore want to bring this potential to its maximum level, by focusing also on the production lines downstream,” the executive said. “The plate line will restart to work at full capacity from the beginning of next year.”

Most of Taranto’s plate output was halted in August 2017. This year a brief restart of the lines was carried out, but output has remained sporadic and minimal.

“The Italian market is in first place in Europe in terms of apparent consumption of heavy-plates, according to Eurofer, with 1.5mt consumed in 2017,” Malasomma explains.