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Chinese steel giant established after key merger

Staff Writer |
A new steel group, whose annual output will be China's largest and the world's second largest, was established in Shanghai following the merger of two major steelmakers.

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China Baowu Steel Group was created by the merger of Shanghai-based Baosteel Group and Wuhan Iron and Steel Corporation in central China's Hubei Province.

The combined steel output of the two groups totals about 60 million tonnes, exceeding that of Hesteel, China's current top producer, and putting it at second place worldwide, after ArcelorMittal, according to the 2015 data from the World Steel Association.

The new group is estimated to have 228,000 employees, general assets worth 730 billion yuan ($106 billion) and an annual revenue of 330 billion yuan.

The merger is an important move to promote China's economic restructuring and improve the competitiveness of Chinese steelmakers in the international market, said Ma Guoqiang, chairman of Baowu.

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