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6/27/2018  JSW Steel invests $1 billion in US plants, hints at more


Leading Indian steel producer JSW Steel has said it is looking for more deals in Europe and the United States to expand its global footprint, according to a report by Bloomberg.

The steel maker is betting on vibrant growth underpinning demand in markets overseas, complementing growth in the domestic market which has seen the company ramp up local production, the report suggests.
Earlier this year, the Mumbai-based steel maker had announced its decision to triple the output at its Texas plant in US. The company also acquired another facility in Ohio, taking total planned investment in the US to $1 billion, the report adds.
Having met half its target for 10 million tonnes of overseas capacity, JSW Steel is now keen on buying more facilities, Joint Managing Director Seshagiri Rao told Bloomberg in an interview.
Rao said the company finds “it an interesting opportunity because the US economy is doing well” and that the investment cycle looks positive, the report added.
In an attempt to restrict the inflow of cheap foreign supplies, the Donald Trump administration has imposed a 25 percent tariff on imported. The tariffs could help trigger reopening of some steel plants in the US.
JSW Steel’s decision to acquire a facility in the state of Ohio, was also lauded by US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.