SHANGHAI Chinas Hebei Iron & Steel Co. Ltd. stopped making HRB335 grade II rebar this month.
The National Development and Reform Commission in April ordered mills to stop producing the low-quality product effective May 1, but later pushed the deadline out to year-end.
Hebei Iron & Steel has about 12 million tonnes of annual rebar capacity.
"Before this, 40 percent of Hebei Steels capacity was used to produce grade II rebar," a company source in Tangshan said, noting that it will now produce HRB400E grade III rebar instead.
A version of this article was first published in AMM sister publication Steel First.