ArcelorMittal intends to restart coke oven batteries 7 & 8 in Avilés, Northern Spain by mid-November, following their hot shutdown in December 2011, due to the fall in steel demand in Spain and Europe.

In addition, a ArcelorMittal Flat Carbon Europe is to invest €17.2M in several improvement projects at the Avilés site.

The main improvements resulting from these investments are related to product quality, internal logistics and customer service. The investments include a new tinplate inspection line, an upgrade of the roll shop, the revamping of hot-rolled coil yard #15, the revamping of the electrical system of galvanising line #2 and several mechanical improvements in the pickling line.