A worker stands on the rear platform of a bottle automotive stuffed with molten metallic contained within the ArcelorMittal metallic mill superior in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Cleveland-Cliffs Inc, an important U.S. producer of iron ore pellets, talked about on Monday it had agreed to buy the U.S. belongings of world’s largest steelmaker ArcelorMittal SA for about $1.four billion.

The deal follows a push amongst steelmakers to consolidate and diversify their enterprise, making it a lot much less weak to swings in demand.

Reuters reported on Sunday, citing sources, that ArcelorMittal was in talks to merge its U.S. operations with Cleveland-Cliffs.

ArcelorMittal talked about last 12 months it was aiming to dump $2 billion of belongings by the middle of 2021 to chop again its debt. In December, it agreed to advertise a 50% stake in its transport enterprise, and has moreover provided its stake in Brazilian steelmaker Gerdau.

ArcelorMittal’s U.S. enterprise has larger than 18,000 workers and 25 companies, along with mines, steelmaking companies and ending operations, in line with the company’s web page.

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