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ArcelorMittal to invest €92 M in Dunkerque facility

20 Nov 2013 | Investment, Advanced Materials

For over two decades, ArcelorMittal’s Dunkerque plant has kept its technological edge and now has the highest production capacity of any Group site in France. The Dunkerque facility—a key element in the steelmaker’s strategy—is a component of ArcelorMittal Atlantique et Lorraine, an industrial complex with eight sites and 8,000 employees.

    ArcelorMittal, the world’s leading steel producer, regularly invests to increase production capacity at its Dunkerque manufacturing site. In 2012, the facility received €57.8 million of a total €62.4 million budgeted for the Group’s Atlantic unit, consisting of Dunkerque, Mardyck, Desvres and Montataire.

    The steelmaker’s announcement of plans to spend €92 million renovating blast furnace no. 2 underscores the plant’s importance. “This news bolsters the Dunkerque facility’s position as one of Europe’s largest, with production capacity of 7 million tons of slab,” said Henri-Pierre Orsoni, CEO of ArcelorMittal Atlantique et Lorraine.

     Located near the port of Dunkerque, the 7 sq km plant is strategically positioned on the North Sea coast to facilitate access to raw materials. Three blast furnaces—including no. 4, one of Europe’s largest at 90 m high—produce crude steel. ArcelorMittal Dunkerque manufactures over 200 different kinds of steel, supplied primarily to the automotive industry but also used in packaging, household appliances, office furniture and other industrial sectors.


   “Together the Dunkerque and Fos plants produce 11 million tons, or 40% of Europe’s installed capacity for flat steel,” said Henri-Pierre Orsoni. Blast furnace no. 2 will be renovated over a four-month period in the second half of 2015.  During the same year, the furnace will reach a milestone: 26 million tons of crude steel produced over a 23-year period.

Source: ArcelorMittal

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