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Output Of Stainless Steel Products In Japan For March / 09 Decreased Largely In Cr-Mn Products
= Produced Less Than 1,000 Tons Of Cr-Mn Series, Both Of Ni And Cr Based Products Increased
According to the steel statistics released on the 19th of May by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the quantities of stainless steel products (hot-rolled products) produced at stainless steel companies of Japan in March of 2009 were as per the table attached hereto.

Namely, the stainless steel industry of Japan produced 123,804 tons in total of stainless steel products in March of 2009, which increased by 6.2% compared with that (116,542 tons) in the previous month of February and consisted of <> chrome-based stainless steel : 44,367 tons (37,402 tons of Cr based products and 6,965 tons of Cr-Mo based products), <> nickel-based stainless steel : 79,437 tons (984 tons of Cr-Mn based products, 63,498 tons of Ni-Cr based products and 14,955 tons of Ni-Cr-Mo based products), and <> other special steels : 5,737 tons.

The output of stainless steel products in Japan for March of 2009 had an increase from that for the previous month of February after an interval of 8 months from August of 2008 but the production of Cr-Mn based stainless steel products (200 series products) in March decreased considerably to a less quantity than 1,000 tons per month. Also, the stainless steel industry of Japan decreased the output of Ni-Cr-Mo based stainless steel products in March but this reduction of the production was offset by an increase of Ni-Cr based stainless steel products.

For a reference, the total quantity of stainless steel products stocked at stainless steel mills in Japan as of the 31st March of 2009 came to 101,117 tons, consisting of <> stainless steel products : 97,968 tons (increased by 1.5% from that at the end February) and <> other special steels : 3,149 tons (decreased by 15.6% from that at the end February). The stocks of stainless steel products at mills have inclined to continue a decrease but, reflecting the increased production in some grades of stainless steel in March, the stocks had a certain increase. Nevertheless, the stocks of Cr-Mn based and Ni-Cr-Mo based stainless steel products were reduced to a considerable extent in March and, consequently, the total quantity of stainless steel products stocked at mills as of the end March had decreased.
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