October 2018 crude steel production

23 November 2018 Brussels, Belgium

World crude steel production for the 64 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 156.6 million tonnes (Mt) in October 2018, a 5.8% increase compared to October 2017.

China’s crude steel production for October 2018 was 82.6 Mt, an increase of 9.1% compared to October 2017. India produced 8.8 Mt, an increase of 0.4% on October 2017. Japan produced 8.6 Mt of crude steel in October 2018, a decrease of 4.5% compared to October 2017. South Korea’s produced 6.2 Mt of crudes steel, up 3.5% on October 2017.

In the EU, France produced 1.3 Mt of crude steel in October 2018, a decrease of 3.5% compared to October 2017. Italy’s crude steel production for October 2018 was 2.3 Mt, up by 1.1% on October 2017. Spain produced 1.3 Mt in October 2018, a decrease of 7.4% on 2017.

Turkey’s crude steel production for October 2018 was 3.2 Mt, a decrease of 4.3% compared to October 2017.

Crude steel production in Ukraine was 1.8 Mt this month, down 6.7% on October 2017.

The US produced 7.6 Mt of crude steel in October 2018, an increase of 10.5% compared to October 2017.

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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.
  • For antitrust reasons worldsteel no longer produces a monthly global capacity utilisation ratio. Information on capacity can be found on the OECD website.
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