January 2019 crude steel production

26 February 2019 Brussels, Belgium

World crude steel production for the 64 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 146.7 million tonnes (Mt) in January 2019, a 1.0% increase compared to January 2018.

China’s* crude steel production for January 2019 was 75.0 Mt, an increase of 4.3% compared to January 2018. India produced 9.2 Mt of crude steel in January 2019, down 1.9% on January 2018. Japan produced 8.1 Mt of crude steel in January 2019, down 9.8% on January 2018. South Korea’s crude steel production stood at 6.2 Mt, down 1.5% on January 2018.

In the EU, Italy’s crude steel production for January 2019 was 2.0 Mt, down by 3.6% on January 2018. France produced 1.2 Mt of crude steel in January 2019, a decrease of 9.7% compared to January 2018. Spain produced 1.2 Mt of crude steel in January 2019, an increase of 5.9% on January 2018.

The US produced 7.6 Mt of crude steel in January 2019, an 11.0% increase on January 2018.

Crude steel production in Ukraine was 1.9 Mt in January 2019, down 4.9% on January 2018.

Brazil’s crude steel production for January 2019 was 2.9 Mt, up by 2.3% on January 2018.

Turkey’s crude steel production for January 2019 was 2.6 Mt, down by 19.5% on January 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. 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.
  • *China’s January production figure is a China Iron and Steel Association (CISA) estimate .
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