136 million tonnes: June 2016 crude steel production equals June 2015

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Brussels — World crude steel production for the 66 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 136 million tonnes (Mt) in June 2016, the same figure as June 2015. World crude steel production in the first six months of 2016 was 794.8 Mt, a decrease of -1.9 percent compared to the same period of 2015.

The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) showed an increase of 0.6 percent whereas both North America and the Middle East reported negative growth of -0.6 percent and -3.2 percent respectively in the first half of 2016. Crude steel production in Asia declined by -1.0 percent and it decreased by -6.1 percent in the EU 28. South American production reduced considerably by -13.8 percent in the first six months of 2016 compared to the same period of 2015.

China’s crude steel production for June 2016 was 69.5 Mt, an increase of 1.7 percent compared to June 2015. Elsewhere in Asia, Japan produced 8.8 Mt of crude steel in June 2016, an increase of 2.7 percent compared to June 2015. South Korea’s crude steel production was 5.5 Mt in June 2016, down by -6.7 percent on June 2015.

In the EU, Germany produced 3.7 Mt of crude steel in June 2016, a decrease of -2.1 percent compared to June 2015. Italy produced 2.0 Mt of crude steel, up by 5.9 percent on June 2015. France produced 1.3 Mt of crude steel, down by -5.1 percent compared to June 2015. Spain produced 1.1 Mt of crude steel, down by -13.7 percent compared to June 2015.

Turkey’s crude steel production for June 2016 was 2.9 Mt, up by 2.0 percent on June 2015, Russia produced 5.8 Mt of crude steel, up by 2.5 percent over June 2015, and the Ukraine produced 1.8 Mt of crude steel, down by -8.6 percent compared to the same month in 2015.

The United States produced 6.8 Mt of crude steel in June 2016, a decrease of -0.1 percent compared to June 2015. Brazil’s crude steel production for June 2016 was 2.5 Mt, down by -8.5 percent on June 2015.

The crude steel capacity utilisation ratio of the 66 countries in June 2016 was 69.4 percent. This is 3.3 percentage points lower than June 2015. Compared to May 2016, it is 2 percentage points lower.

More information can be found under worldsteel.org.

Source: Worldsteel Association (worldsteel)