May 2017 crude steel production

20 June 2017 Brussels, Belgium

World crude steel production for the 67 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 143.3 million tonnes (Mt) in May 2017, a 2.0% increase compared to May 2016.

China’s crude steel production for May 2017 was 72.3 Mt, an increase of 1.8% compared to May 2016. Japan produced 9.0 Mt of crude steel in May 2017, an increase of 0.1% compared to May 2016.

In the EU, Germany produced 3.8 Mt of crude steel in May 2017, a decrease of -1.4% compared to May 2016. Italy produced 2.1 Mt of crude steel, down by -4.1% on May 2016. France produced 1.4 Mt of crude steel, up by 21.5% compared to May 2016. Spain produced 1.2 Mt of crude steel, down by -3.7% on May 2016.

Turkey’s crude steel production for May 2017 was 3.3 Mt, up by 9.7% on May 2016.

The US produced 7.0 Mt of crude steel in May 2017, an increase of 0.2% compared to May 2016.

Brazil’s crude steel production for May 2017 was 2.9 Mt, up by 13.2% on May 2016.

The crude steel capacity utilisation ratio of the 67 countries in May 2017 was 71.8%. This is 0.5 percentage points higher than May 2016. Compared to April 2017, it is 1.8 percentage points 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 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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