September 2018 crude steel production

24 October 2018 Brussels, Belgium

World crude steel production for the 64 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 151.7 million tonnes (Mt) in September 2018, a 4.4% increase compared to September 2017.

World crude steel production was 1,347.0 Mt in the first nine months of 2018, up by 4.7% compared to the same period in 2017. Asia produced 946.8 Mt of crude steel, an increase of 5.5% over the first nine months of 2017. The EU produced 128.0 Mt of crude steel in the first nine months of 2018, up by 1.3% compared to the same period in 2017. North America’s crude steel production in the first nine months of 2018 was 89.7 Mt, an increase of 3.4% compared to the first nine months of 2017. The C.I.S. produced 76.2 Mt of crude steel in the first nine months of 2018, up by 1.8% compared to the same period in 2017.

China’s crude steel production for September 2018 was 80.8 Mt, an increase of 7.5% compared to September 2017. Japan produced 8.4 Mt of crude steel in September 2018, a decrease of 2.4% compared to September 2017.

In the EU, France produced 1.3 Mt of crude steel in September 2018, an increase of 1.4% compared to September 2017. Italy’s crude steel production for September 2018 was 2.2 Mt, down by 0.8% on September 2017. Spain produced 1.3 Mt in September 2018, an increase of 5.1% on 2017.

Turkey’s crude steel production for September 2018 was 2.8 Mt, a decrease of 5.9% compared to September 2017.

The US produced 7.3 Mt of crude steel in September 2018, an increase of 9.0% compared to September 2017.

Brazil’s crude steel production for September 2018 was 3.0 Mt, up by 2.5% on September 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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