22.09.2015

worldsteel, Brussels

World crude steel production decreases

World crude steel production for the 65 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 132 million t (Mt) in August 2015, a -3.0% decrease compared to August 2014. China’s crude steel production for August 2015 was 66.9 Mt, down by -3.5% compared to August 2014. Japan produced 8.8 Mt of crude steel in August 2015, a decrease of -5.8% compared to August 2014. In the EU, Germany produced 3.4 Mt of crude steel in August 2015, an increase of 10.7% compared to August 2014. France’s production for August 2015 was 1.0 Mt, a decrease of -1.5% compared to the same month in 2014. Italy produced 1.0 Mt of crude steel in August 2015, up by 1.3% on August 2014.


Turkey’s crude steel production for August 2015 was 2.6 Mt, down by -11.8% on August 2014. In August 2015, Russia produced 6.0 Mt of crude steel, down by -3.2% over August 2014. Ukraine produced 1.9 Mt of crude steel, up by 8.6% compared to the same month in 2014.


The US produced 7.0 Mt of crude steel in August 2015, down by -9.7% compared to August 2014. Brazil’s crude steel production for August 2015 was 2.8 Mt, a decrease of -5.4% on August 2014.


In the Middle East, Iran produced 1.2 Mt of crude steel in August 2015, down by -6.2% compared to the same month last year.


The crude steel capacity utilisation ratio for the 65 countries in August 2015 was 68.0%. This is -3.6 percentage points lower than August 2014. Compared to July 2015, it is -0.4 percentage points lower.


worldsteel, Brussels