worldsteel: German crude steel production in January 2015 slightly increased

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Brussels — World crude steel production for the 65 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 133 million tonnes (Mt) in January 2015, a -2.9 percent decrease compared to January 2014. In the EU, Germany produced 3.7 Mt of crude steel in January 2015, an increase of 0.5 percent compared to January 2014. Italy produced 1.9 Mt of crude steel, down by -11.3 percent on January 2014. France`s crude steel production was 1.3 Mt, a decrease of -10.6 percent compared to January 2014. Spain produced 1.3 Mt of crude steel, up by 11.8 percent compared to January 2014.

China`s crude steel production for January 2015 was 65.5 Mt, a decrease of -4.7 percent compared to January 2014. Elsewhere in Asia, Japan produced 9.0 Mt of crude steel in January 2015, a decrease of -4.0 percent compared to January 2014. Turkey`s crude steel production for January 2015 was 2.6 Mt, down by -10.4 percent on January 2014.

In January 2015, Russia produced 6.1 Mt of crude steel, up by 6.0 percent over January 2014. Ukraine produced 1.9 Mt of crude steel, down by -25.2 percent compared to the same month 2014.

The US produced 7.4 Mt of crude steel in January 2015, an increase of 0.4 percent compared to January 2014.

Brazil`s crude steel production for January 2015 was 3.0 Mt, up by 7.7 percent on January 2014.

The crude steel capacity utilisation ratio for the 65 countries in January 2015 was 72.5 percent. It is -4.4 percentage points lower than January 2014. Compared to December 2014, it is -0.4 percentage points lower.

Source: World Steel Association (worldsteel)