ArcelorMittal Poland to restart production at its Kraków blast furnace

ArcelorMittal has decided to temporarily shut down a blast furnace and a steel plant in Kraków in late November. Stanisław Rozpędzik/PAP

ArcelorMittal Poland has decided to relaunch the blast furnace installation at its Krakow facility. Production is to resume in mid-March, the company wrote in a press release.

General Director of ArcelorMittal Poland Marc De Pauw, quoted in the press release explained that the decision "results from the need to deliver slabs (a semi-finished steel product) to ArcelorMittal steelworks in Gent, Belgium, where an overhaul of the blast furnace is starting, as well as the need to make up for production shortages in ArcelorMittal Europe plants."

ArcelorMittal has decided to temporarily shut down a blast furnace and a steel plant in Kraków in late November. At the time, company sources said that the shutdown will last for "at least several months."

The decision was welcomed by Development Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz.

ArcelorMittal Poland is the country's biggest steel producer with a 70 percent share in the overall production capacity of Poland's steel industry. The company has five steel works in Poland: in Kraków, Dąbrowa Górnicza, Sosnowiec, Świętochłowice and Chorzów. The group also includes a coke plant in Zdzieszowice, which is the largest producer of coke in Poland and Europe.

ArcelorMittal Poland employs over 11,000 people; another 3,000 work for subsidiary companies. The company, a maker of long, flat, special and semi-finished products for the construction, white goods and transport sectors, has so far invested some PLN 6.0 billion (EUR 1.57 billion) in Poland.