October 2015 crude steel production

20 November 2015 Brussels, Belgium

World crude steel production for the 66 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 134 million tonnes (Mt) in October 2015, a -3.1% decrease compared to October 2014. 

China’s crude steel production for October 2015 was 66.1 Mt, down by -3.1% compared to October 2014. Japan produced 9.0 Mt of crude steel in October 2015, a decrease of -3.8% compared to the same month in 2014.

In the EU, Germany produced 3.6 Mt of crude steel in October 2015, an increase of 2.7% compared to October 2014. Italy’s crude steel production was 1.9 Mt, down by -8.6% on October 2014. Spain produced 1.3 Mt of crude steel in October 2015, down by -3.1% compared to October 2014. France’s production for October 2015 was 1.2 Mt, a decrease of -20.9% compared to the same month in 2014.

Turkey’s crude steel production for October 2015 was 2.8 Mt, up by 2.0% on October 2014.

In October 2015, Russia produced 5.7 Mt of crude steel, down by -2.4% over October 2014. Ukraine produced 2.1 Mt of crude steel, up by 6.4% compared to the same month in 2014.

The US produced 6.7 Mt of crude steel in October 2015, down by -8.8% compared to October 2014.

Brazil’s crude steel production for October 2015 was 3.0 Mt, a decrease of -2.3% on October 2014.

The crude steel capacity utilisation ratio for the 66 countries in October 2015 was 68.3%. This is -3.4 percentage points lower than October 2014. Compared to September 2015, it is -1.0 percentage point lower.

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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 members represent approximately 85% of the world's steel production, including over 150 steel producers with 9 of the 10 largest steel companies, national and regional steel industry associations, and steel research institutes.
  • The monthly crude steel capacity utilisation ratio is calculated based on crude steel production information available at worldsteel, publically-available capacity information and OECD capacity estimates.
  • Megatonne (Mt) is a metric unit equivalent to 1 million tonnes.

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