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ArcelorMittal shuts capacity in Dabrowa Gornicza


ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steel company, on 21 October announced a temporary shutdown of one of two blast furnaces at its steel works Dabrowa Gornicza (Slaskie voivodship) effective from December, citing a fall in orders.

Sylwia Winiarek, the spokeswoman for ArcelorMittal Poland, said there would be no job cuts, and that the company expected the furnace to return to operation in spring of 2012, as orders tend to be strongest in the second quarter. At the same time, she added that ArcelorMittal was looking at further adjustments in output and staff levels as it responds to deteriorating conditions in the steel market.

Meanwhile, trade unions claim the group has all but decided to bring forward by two years a plan to trim 3,000 jobs by 2015, which means the lay-offs would be completed by the end of 2012.

ArcelorMittal has three furnaces in Poland; the other one is in Krakow.

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