April 2015 crude steel production

22 May 2015 Brussels, Belgium

 World crude steel production for the 65 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 135 million tonnes (Mt) in April 2015, a -1.7% decrease compared to April 2014.

China’s crude steel production for April 2015 was 68.9 Mt, a -0.7% decrease compared to April 2014. Japan produced 8.4 Mt of crude steel in April 2015, a decrease of -6.1% compared to April 2014. India produced 7.4 Mt of crude steel, an increase of 2.1% year on year. South Korea produced 5.8 Mt of crude steel, a decrease of -6.6% compared to April 2014.


In the EU, Germany produced 3.6 Mt of crude steel in April 2015, a decrease of -1.9% compared to April 2014. Italy produced 1.9 Mt of crude steel, down by -8.5% on April 2014. Spain produced 1.3 Mt of crude steel, a 6.4% increase year on year. France’s crude steel production was 1.3 Mt, a decrease of -9.0% compared to April 2014.

Turkey’s crude steel production for April 2015 was 2.8 Mt, up by 3.9% on April 2014.

In April 2015, Russia produced 6.1 Mt of crude steel, up by 3.2% over April 2014. Ukraine produced 1.9 Mt of crude steel, down by -24.9% compared to the same month 2014.

The US produced 6.5 Mt of crude steel in April 2015, a decrease of -9.8% compared to April 2014.

Brazil’s crude steel production for April 2015 was 2.9 Mt, up by 4.4% on April 2014.

The crude steel capacity utilisation ratio for the 65 countries in April 2015 was 72.5%. It is -3.2 percentage points lower than April 2014. Compared to March 2015, it is 0.9 percentage points higher.


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Notes to Editors:

  • The World Steel Association (worldsteel) is one of the largest and most dynamic industry associations in the world. worldsteel represents approximately 170 steel producers (including 9 of the world's 10 largest steel companies), national and regional steel industry associations, and steel research institutes. worldsteel members represent around 85% of world steel production.
  • The monthly crude steel capacity utilisation ratio is calculated based on crude steel production and capacity information available at worldsteel. The capacity information is based on publicly-available data, updated twice a year and verified through worldsteel’s membership.
  • Megatonne (Mt) is a metric unit equivalent to 1 million tonnes.

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