LONDON Evraz Plcs Evraz Vitkovice Steel (EVS)
facility in the Czech Republic has resumed steelmaking
operations after a three-month stoppage, sources at the plate
and sections producer told AMM sister publication Steel First.
The plant stopped operating in October, one spokesman said in
an e-mail, although he declined to indicate the reason for the
A second company official also declined Friday to indicate the
reasons behind the October halt.
Central European media cited poor demand and outlook as the
reasons for the stoppage, although Czech media reports
indicated that the plant had reached an agreement with flats
and longs producer ArcelorMittal Ostrava (AMO) over pig iron
ArcelorMittal executives were not available for comment.
EVS sources pig iron from the neighboring ArcelorMittal SA
subsidiary to produce crude steel in its two 75-tonne basic
oxygen furnaces. Total crude steel capacity is 950,000 tonnes
The plant rolls sections as well as plate from the slab that it
casts on site.
A version of this article was first published by AMM sister
publication Steel First.