August 2016 crude steel production

21 September 2016 Brussels, Belgium

World crude steel production for the 66 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 134.1 million tonnes (Mt) in August 2016, 1.9% up on August 2015.

China’s crude steel production for August 2016 was 68.6 Mt, an increase of 3.0% compared to August 2015. Elsewhere in Asia, Japan produced 8.9 Mt of crude steel in August 2016, an increase of 1.5% compared to August 2015. India produced 8.1 Mt of crude steel in August 2016, up 9.4% compared to the same month last year. South Korea’s crude steel production was 5.9 Mt in August 2016, up by 1.8% on August 2015.

In the EU, Germany produced 3.5 Mt of crude steel in August 2016, an increase of 2.4% compared to August 2015. Italy produced 1.1 Mt of crude steel, up by 7.4% on August 2015. 1.0 Mt of crude steel was produced in Spain in August 2016, down by -11.8% year-on-year.

Turkey’s crude steel production for August 2016 was 2.9 Mt, up by 12.9% on August 2015.

In August 2016, Russia produced 5.9 Mt of crude steel, down by -1.9% over August 2015. Ukraine produced 1.8 Mt of crude steel, down by -4.1% compared to the same month in 2015.

The United States produced 6.7 Mt of crude steel in August 2016, a decrease of -3.4% compared to August 2015.

Brazil’s crude steel production for August 2016 was 2.7 Mt, down by -1.1% on August 2015.

The crude steel capacity utilisation ratio of the 66 countries in August 2016 was 68.5%. It was 68.0% in August 2015. The August 2016 capacity utilisation ratio is 0.1 percentage point higher than the July 2016 ratio.

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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 and OECD capacity estimates.
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