August 2014: Global crude steel production increased by 1.4 percent y-t-y

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Brussels — World crude steel production for the 65 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 135 million tonnes (Mt) in August 2014, an increase of 1.4 percent compared to August 2013. In the EU, Germany produced 3.1 Mt of crude steel in August 2014, a decrease of -1.0 percent compared to August 2013. Spain produced 1.1 Mt of crude steel, down by -0.4 percent compared to August 2013. France`s crude steel production was 1.1 Mt, a decrease of -9.1 percent on August 2013. Italy produced 1.0 Mt of crude steel, down by -0.8 percent compared to August 2013.

China`s crude steel production for August 2014 was 68.9 Mt, up by 1.0 percent compared to August 2013. Elsewhere in Asia, Japan produced 9.3 Mt of crude steel in August 2014, an increase of 2.2 percent compared to August 2013. In August 2014, India produced 7.0 Mt of crude steel, an increase of 5.2 percent compared to the same month 2013. South Korea produced 5.3 Mt of crude steel in August 2014, up by 8.0 percent on August 2013.

In August 2014, Russia produced 6.2 Mt of crude steel, up by 5.8 percent over August 2013. Ukraine produced 1.8 Mt of crude steel, a decrease of -37.0 percent compared to the same month 2013. Turkey`s crude steel production for August 2014 was 2.9 Mt, up by 13.9 percent on August 2013. The US produced 7.7 Mt of crude steel in August 2014, an increase of 2.9 percent compared to August 2013. Brazil`s crude steel production for August 2014 was 2.9 Mt, down by -1.4 percent on August 2013.

The crude steel capacity utilisation ratio for the 65 countries in August 2014 was 74.2 percent. It is -1.4 percentage points lower than August 2013. Compared to July 2014, it is -1.2 percentage points lower.

Source: World Steel Association (worldsteel)