October 2016 crude steel production

21 November 2016 Brussels, Belgium

World crude steel production for the 65 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 136.5 million tonnes (Mt) in October 2016, 3.3% up on October 2015.

China’s crude steel production for October 2016 was 68.5 Mt, an increase of 4.0% compared to October 2015. Elsewhere in Asia, Japan produced 9.0 Mt of crude steel in October 2016, an increase of 0.6% compared to October 2015. India’s crude steel production was 8.3 Mt in October 2016, up by 12.3% on October 2015.

In the EU, Germany produced 3.5 Mt of crude steel in October 2016, a decrease of -3.7% compared to October 2015. Italy produced 2.1 Mt of crude steel, up by 11% on October 2015. Spain produced 1.2 Mt of crude steel in October 2016, down by -10.5% year-on-year.

Turkey’s crude steel production for October 2016 was 3.0 Mt, up by 8.6% on October 2015.

In October 2016, Russia produced 5.9 Mt of crude steel, up by 2.0% on October 2015. Ukraine produced 1.9 Mt of crude steel, down by -6.1% compared to the same month in 2015.

The United States produced 6.4 Mt of crude steel in October 2016, a decrease of -2.5% compared to October 2015.

Brazil’s crude steel production for October 2016 was 2.7 Mt, down by -8.8% on October 2015.

The crude steel capacity utilisation ratio of the 65 countries in October 2016 was 69.6%. It was 68.2% in October 2015. The October 2016 capacity utilisation ratio is 0.6 percentage points lower than the September 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 160 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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