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ThyssenKrupp hesitates over Galmed re-opening given worsening outlook for Spain’s automotive industry

Following the sharp upturn in galvanized steel prices seen during the early months of this year, German steelmaker ThyssenKrupp announced back in April its intention to re-open its Galmed plant in Valencia, Spain by the end of this year (outbound link in Spanish). The facility, which can produce up to around 400,000 tonnes per year of hot-dipped galvanized steel (HDG) had previously been shuttered in late 2013.

And with Spanish car production up by around 11% during the first half of this year as well, the time seemed right to re-open a facility that previously shipped large quantities of HDG to Spain’s automotive factories.

But there are now thought to be doubts creeping in at ThyssenKrupp, which may opt to delay the re-opening of its Galmed plant until March 2017.

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More trade protection on the way in Europe?

After having gone after imports of both hot-rolled coil (HRC) and cold-rolled coil (CRC) this year, will the European Commission soon be turning its attention to imports of galvanized steel? (primarily hot-dipped galvanized material (HDG))

In all likelihood yes but just how effective would any import restrictions be?

Let’s take a look at the case for implementing trade protection measures on these products and what effect they may have.

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