January 2018 crude steel production

26 February 2018 Brussels, Belgium

World crude steel production for the 64 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 139.4 million tonnes (Mt) in January 2018, a 0.8% increase compared to January 2017.

China’s* crude steel production for January 2018 was 67.0 Mt, a decrease of 0.9% compared to January 2017. Japan produced 9.0 Mt of crude steel in January 2018, up 0.3% on January 2017. India produced 9.0 Mt of crude steel in January 2018, up 2.5% on January 2017.

In the EU, Italy’s crude steel production for January 2018 was 2.0 Mt, up by 5.3% on January 2017. France produced 1.4 Mt of crude steel in January 2018, an increase of 3.0% compared to January 2017. Spain produced 1.1 Mt in January 2018, a decrease of 1.0% on January 2017.

Turkey’s crude steel production for January 2018 was 3.2 Mt, up by 7.6% on January 2017.

The US produced 6.8 Mt of crude steel in January 2018, a 2.2% decrease on January 2017.

Brazil’s crude steel production for January 2018 was 2.9 Mt, up by 1.3% on January 2017.

The crude steel capacity utilisation ratio of the 64 countries in January 2018 was 70.0%. This is 0.2 percentage points lower than January 2017. Compared to December 2017, it is 0.7 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 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.
  • *China’s January production figure is a worldsteel estimate.
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