China’s city of Handan has ordered steel mills to cut production by around 25 percent as part of new measures to curb pollution from April to mid-November, according to a statement on Friday. The city, in China’s Hebei province that surrounds Beijing, has also told its coking industry to reduce output by 25 percent over that period, while power and cement firms must cut production by around 20 percent, the statement on the Hebei government website said. Ceramics and glass sectors were ordered to cut production by about 15 percent. Handan will also strengthen oversight of emissions from heavy-load vehicles, the statement added. Shanghai rebar prices on Friday finished 4.4 percent higher at 3,391 yuan ($541.01) per ton after the Handan announcement, while steelmaking raw materials coking coal and coke ended up 5.8 percent and 3.4 percent, respectively, on the Dalian Commodity Exchange. Handan has an […]