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Nippon Steel's alloy steel plants closure to last for extended period

Toyota and Bridgestone already start sourcing autoparts materials from other suppliers

Nippon Steel's steelworks in Kimitsu, Chiba Prefecture, was forced to shut down some equipment handling a key process because of damage from the powerful typhoon in September.

TOKYO -- Japan's Nippon Steel will suspend operations for months at two domestic plants manufacturing alloy steel products used in auto production, it was learned Tuesday. A recent typhoon and a plant fire had forced the closure. 

The plants make semi-finished steel products for wheels and other moving parts. Together, they produced in total over 50% of output of such products.

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