The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry made clear its forecast on the demand for special steel products during January to March in 2014 in its lecture made in the meeting held by Special Steel Association of JAPAN.|
According to this, the demand for special steel products during January to March (based on a monthly average) is <> For domestic consumption: 1.1032 million tons, <> For international export: 575,300 tons and <> Total: 1.6785 million tons. Comparison with the expected result for the prior period (October - December) is <> For domestic consumption: up by 0.4%, <> For international export: down by 0.4% and <> Total: up by 0.7%. The decreased demand in the international export was recovered by the one for domestic consumption. The forecast on demand by type of steel products is as shown in the table below.