January 2015 crude steel production

20 February 2015 Brussels, Belgium

World crude steel production for the 65 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 133 million tonnes (Mt) in January 2015, a -2.9% decrease compared to January 2014.

China*’s crude steel production for January 2015 was 65.5 Mt, a decrease of -4.7% compared to January 2014. Elsewhere in Asia, Japan produced 9.0 Mt of crude steel in January 2015, a decrease of -4.0% compared to January 2014.

In the EU, Germany produced 3.7 Mt of crude steel in January 2015, an increase of 0.5% compared to January 2014. Italy produced 1.9 Mt of crude steel, down by -11.3% on January 2014. France’s crude steel production was 1.3 Mt, a decrease of -10.6% compared to January 2014. Spain produced 1.3 Mt of crude steel, up by 11.8% compared to January 2014.

Turkey’s crude steel production for January 2015 was 2.6 Mt, down by -10.4% on January 2014.

In January 2015, Russia produced 6.1 Mt of crude steel, up by 6.0% over January 2014. Ukraine produced 1.9 Mt of crude steel, down by -25.2% compared to the same month 2014.

The US produced 7.4 Mt of crude steel in January 2015, an increase of 0.4% compared to January 2014.

Brazil’s crude steel production for January 2015 was 3.0 Mt, up by 7.7% on January 2014.

The crude steel capacity utilisation ratio for the 65 countries in January 2015 was 72.5%. It is -4.4 percentage points lower than January 2014. Compared to December 2014, it is -0.4 percentage points lower.

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Notes to Editors:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Megatonne (Mt) is a metric unit equivalent to 1 million tonnes.

*China’s January production data is a worldsteel estimate based on the reported production by CISA members adjusted according to their share of the national total.

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