In nearly all regions: World crude steel output decreases by -2.8 percent in 2015

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Annual crude steel production 2008 - 2015 (Source: worldsteel)

Brussels — World crude steel production reached 1,622.8 million tonnes (Mt) for the year 2015, down by -2.8 percent compared to 2014. Crude steel production decreased in all regions except Oceania in 2015, according to latest figures published by the World Steel Association (worldsteel).

Annual production for Asia was 1,113.8 Mt of crude steel in 2015, a decrease of -2.3 percent compared to 2014. China’s crude steel production in 2015 reached 803.8 Mt, down by -2.3 percent on 2014. China’s share of world crude steel production increased from 49.3 percent in 2014 to 49.5 percent in 2015. Japan produced 105.2 Mt in 2015, down by -5.0 percent compared to 2014. India’s crude steel production for 2015 was 89.6 Mt, up by 2.6 percent on 2014. South Korea produced 69.7 Mt of crude steel in 2015, a decrease of -2.6 percent compared to 2014.

In 2015, the EU (28) produced 166.2 Mt of crude steel, a decrease of -1.8 percent compared to 2014. Germany produced 42.7 Mt of crude steel in 2015, down by -0.6 percent over 2014. Italy produced 22.0 Mt in 2015, a decrease of -7.1 percent over 2014. France’s crude steel production in 2015 was 15.0 Mt, down by -7.2 percent. Spain produced 14.9 Mt of crude steel in 2015, an increase of 4.4 percent compared to 2014.

Crude steel production for 2015 in North America was 110.7 Mt, a decrease of -8.6 percent compared to 2014. The US produced 78.9 Mt of crude steel, down by -10.5 percent on 2014.

The CIS showed a decrease of -4.3 percent in 2015, producing 101.5 Mt of crude steel. Russia produced 71.1 Mt of crude steel, down by -0.5 percent on 2014, and Ukraine recorded a decrease of -15.6 percent with a year-end figure of 22.9 Mt.

Annual crude steel production for South America was 43.9 Mt in 2015, a decrease of -2.5 percent on 2014. Brazil produced 33.2 Mt in 2015, down by -1.9 percent compared to 2014.

In December 2015, world crude steel production for the 66 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 126.7 Mt, a decrease of -5.7 percent compared to December 2014. The crude steel capacity utilisation ratio of the 66 countries in December 2015 was 64.6 percent. This is -4.9 percentage points lower than December 2014. The average capacity utilisation in 2015 was 69.7 percent compared to 73.4 percent in 2014.

More details on 2015 can be found under world steel.org

Source: World Steel Association (worldsteel)