The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry announced on March 14 that the production volume of stainless steel products (hot-rolled steel) in January, 2013 was 226,700 tons, which was up by 4.1% from the prior month.|
The breakdown is <> Chromium type: 108,802 tons (Cr type: 95,358 tons, Cr-Mo type: 13,444 tons), up by 4.8% from the prior month, <> Nickel type: 117,907 tons (Cr-Mn type: 3,520 tons, Ni-Cr type: 95,107 tons and Ni-Cr-Mo type: 19,280 tons), up by 5.8% ditto. The increase in production of Cr type and Ni-Cr type pushed up the total production volume. Besides, the production volume of other special steels was 5,613 tons, down by 16.9% from the prior month.
For a reference, the inventory of stainless steel products as of end January is <> Stainless steel products: 127,230 tons (down by 2.7% from the prior month) and <> Other special steels: 2,742 tons (down by 37.0% ditto). The details are as per the table below.