May 2020 crude steel production

22 June 2020 Brussels, Belgium

World crude steel production for the 64 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 148.8 million tonnes (Mt) in May 2020, an 8.7% decrease compared to May 2019.

Due to the ongoing difficulties presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, many of this month’s figures are estimates that may be revised with next month’s production update.

China produced 92.3 Mt of crude steel in May 2020, an increase of 4.2% compared to May 2019. Japan produced 5.9 Mt of crude steel in May 2020, down 31.8% on May 2019. India produced 5.8 Mt of crude steel in May 2020, down 39.1% on May 2019. South Korea’s steel production for May 2020 was 5.4 Mt, down by 14.1% on May 2020.

Production in the EU is estimated to be 10.5 Mt in May 2020, down 26.8% on May 2019.

The United States produced 4.8 Mt of crude steel in May 2020, a decrease of 36.6% compared to May 2019.

Production in the C.I.S. is estimated to be 8.2 Mt in May 2020, down 7.6% on May 2019. Ukraine produced 1.6 Mt of crude steel in May 2020, down 10.4% on May 2019.

Brazil produced 2.2 Mt of crude steel production in May 2020, down by 22.6% on May 2019.

Turkey’s crude steel production for May 2020 was 2.3 Mt, down by 25.8% on May 2019.

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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, 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.
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