May 2016 crude steel production

21 June 2016 Brussels, Belgium

World crude steel production for the 66 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 139 million tonnes (Mt) in May 2016, a -0.1% decrease compared to May 2015.

China’s crude steel production for May 2016 was 70.5 Mt, an increase of 1.8% compared to May 2015. Elsewhere in Asia, Japan produced 8.8 Mt of crude steel in May 2016, a decrease of -0.9% compared to May 2015. India’s crude steel production was 8.0 Mt in May 2016, up by 4.9% on May 2015. South Korea’s crude steel production was 5.8 Mt in May 2016, down by -3.5% on May 2015.

In the EU, Germany produced 3.9 Mt of crude steel in May 2016, an increase of 4.0% compared to May 2015. Italy produced 2.2 Mt of crude steel, up by 9.3% on May 2015. Spain produced 1.3 Mt of crude steel, down by -10.6% compared to May 2015. France produced 1.2 Mt of crude steel, down by -18.8% compared to May 2015.

Turkey’s crude steel production for May 2016 was 3.0 Mt, up by 5.4% on May 2015.

In May 2016, Russia produced 6.0 Mt of crude steel, up by 0.4% over May 2015. Ukraine produced 2.3 Mt of crude steel, up by 5.7% compared to the same month in 2015.

The United States produced 6.8 Mt of crude steel in May 2016, a decrease of -0.4% compared to May 2015.

Brazil’s crude steel production for May 2016 was 2.6 Mt, down by -13.2% on May 2015.

The crude steel capacity utilisation ratio of the 66 countries in May 2016 was 71.3%. This is 1.0 percentage point lower than May 2015. Compared to April 2016, it is 0.1 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 and OECD capacity estimates.

     
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