February 2019 crude steel production

26 March 2019 Brussels, Belgium

World crude steel production for the 64 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 137.3 million tonnes (Mt) in February 2019, a 4.1% increase compared to February 2018.

China’s* crude steel production for February 2019 was 71.0 Mt, an increase of 9.2% compared to February 2018. India produced 8.7 Mt of crude steel in February 2019, up 2.3% on February 2018. Japan produced 7.7 Mt of crude steel in February 2019, down 6.6% on February 2018. South Korea’s crude steel production stood at 5.5 Mt, up 1.1% on February 2018.

In the EU, Italy’s crude steel production for February 2019 was 2.0 Mt, down by 2.7% on February 2018. France produced 1.2 Mt of crude steel in February 2019, a decrease of 0.3% compared to February 2018. Spain produced 1.1 Mt of crude steel in February 2019, an increase of 2.5% on February 2018.

The US produced 6.9 Mt of crude steel in February 2019, a 4.6% increase on February 2018.

Crude steel production in Ukraine was 1.7 Mt in February 2019, up 5.0% on February 2018.

Brazil’s crude steel production for February 2019 was 2.7 Mt, down by 1.7% on February 2018.

Turkey’s crude steel production for February 2019 was 2.6 Mt, down by 12.5% on February 2018.

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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, with members in every major steel-producing country. worldsteel represents steel producers (including 9 of the world’s 10 largest steel companies), national and regional steel industry associations, and steel research institutes. Members represent around 85% of global steel production.
  • For antitrust reasons worldsteel no longer produces a monthly global capacity utilisation ratio. Information on capacity can be found on the OECD website.
  • *China’s February production figure is a China Iron and Steel Association (CISA) estimate.
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