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World crude steel production 135 million t in April

The world crude steel production for the 66 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 135 million t in April 2016, a -0.5 % decrease compared to April 2015. The crude steel capacity utilisation ratio of the 66 countries in April 2016 was 71.5 %. This is 1.3 percentage points lower than April 2015. Compared to March 2016, it is 0.8 percentage points higher.

China’s crude steel production for April 2016 was 69.4 million t, an increase of 0.5 % compared to April 2015. Elsewhere in Asia, Japan produced 8.5 million t of crude steel in April 2016, an increase of 1.2 % compared to April 2015. South Korea’s crude steel production was 5.7 million t in April 2016, down by -1.3 % on April 2015.

In the EU, Germany produced 3.6 million t of crude steel in April 2016, a decrease of -1.5 % compared to April 2015. Italy produced 2.1 million t of crude steel, up by 14.5 % on April 2015. Spain produced 1.2 million t of crude steel, down by -10.6 % compared to April 2015. Turkey’s crude steel production for April 2016 was 2.9 million t, up by 5.3 % on April 2015.

In April 2016, Russia produced 5.9 million t of crude steel, down by -0.4 % over April 2015. Ukraine produced 2.2 million t of crude steel, up by 11.7 % compared to the same month in 2015.

The United States produced 6.6 million t of crude steel in April 2016, an increase of 2.5 % compared to April 2015. Brazil’s crude steel production for April 2016 was 2.3 million t, down by -20.6 % on April 2015.

(Source: World Steel Association)

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