Japan’s Kobe Steel to boost sales of non-blast furnace iron plants

Yahoo!: Kobe Steel Ltd plans to boost sales of ironmaking facilities that do not use blast furnaces in order to offer a less expensive way to make the steelmaking material.

Kobe Steel’s facility subjects iron ore powder to natural gas under high temperature to eliminate oxygen from the iron ore in what is called direct reduction ironmaking. The high-purity iron that results is then put into an electric furnace together with iron scrap to make crude steel.

Kobe Steel has been selling the equipment through North Carolina-based Midrex Technologies Inc, which it took over in 1983, the report said.

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