February 2016 crude steel production

21 March 2016 Brussels, Belgium

World crude steel production for the 66 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 120 million tonnes (Mt) in February 2016, a -3.3% decrease compared to February 2015.

China’s* crude steel production for February 2016 was 58.5 Mt, a decrease of -4.0% compared to February 2015. Elsewhere in Asia, Japan produced 8.4 Mt of crude steel in February 2016, a decrease of -1.0% compared to February 2015.

In the EU, Germany produced 3.4 Mt of crude steel in February 2016, a decrease of -4.3% compared to February 2015. Italy produced 1.9 Mt of crude steel, down by –2.1% on February 2015. France’s crude steel production for February 2016 was 1.3 Mt, up by 2.6% compared to the same month in 2015. Spain produced 1.1 Mt of crude steel, down by -8.9% compared to February 2015.

Turkey’s crude steel production for February 2016 was 2.4 Mt, up by 4.0% on February 2015.

In February 2016, Russia produced 5.7 Mt of crude steel, down by -2.7% over February 2015. Ukraine produced 2.0 Mt of crude steel, up by 24.1% compared to the same month in 2015.

The US produced 6.4 Mt of crude steel in February 2016, an increase of 2.9% compared to February 2015.

Brazil’s crude steel production for February 2016 was 2.4 Mt, down by -8.7% on February 2015.

The crude steel capacity utilisation ratio of the 66 countries in February 2016 was 66.2%. This is -5.7 percentage points lower than February 2015. Compared to January 2016, 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 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.
  • * China's February production figure is a worldsteel estimate based on the January and February production total provided by CISA.

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