Argentinas slab imports more than doubled last year
following a shutdown of the No. 2 blast furnace at Ternium SA
subsidiary Siderar SAIC.
Imports totaled 215,076 tonnes,
up from 104,801 tonnes in 2011, according to the AliceWeb
Mercosur system, which brings together official
figures from four members of the Mercosur trade block:
Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay.
Brazil was the largest supplier,
shipping 82,913 tonnes, up 21.3 percent from 68,332 tonnes in
2011, followed by Russia at 75,671 tonnes (up from 20,385
tonnes) and Mexico at 69,634 tonnes (vs. zero in 2011).
Of the total volume of slab
imported by Argentina last year, 169,011 tonnes arrived in
November and Decemberincluding 75,631 tonnes from Russia,
69,634 tonnes from Mexico and 23,371 tonnes from
Brazilfollowing the stoppage at Siderars No. 2
furnace in October due to problems that arose during planned
Siderar said in January it would
import slab from Brazilian sister company Usinas
Siderúrgicas de Minas Gerais SA (Usiminas).
A version of this article was first published by AMM sister
publication Steel First.