June 2019 world crude steel production up 4.6%, says worldsteel

World crude steel production for the 64 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 159.0 million tonnes (Mt) in June 2019, a 4.6% increase compared to June 2018.

World crude steel production in June 2019 totalled 159Mt, an increase of 4.6% according to the World Steel Association (worldsteel).

Based on figures provided by the 64 countries reporting to worldsteel, it is claimed that 925.1Mt of crude steel was produced over the first six months of 2019, up 4.9% on 2018 figures. Asia produced660.2 Mt of crude steel, up 7.4% over the first half of 2018, while the EU produced 84.7 Mt, down by 2.5% compared to the same period of 2018. North America’s crude steel production in the first six months of 2019 was 60.1 Mt, an increase of 1.4% compared to H1 2018. The CIS. produced 50.5 Mt, the same as in the first six months of 2018.

Going back the monthly figures, China’s crude steel production for June 2019 was 87.5 Mt, an increase of 10% compared with June 2018. India produced 9.3Mt of crude steel in June 2019, up 4%, while Japan produced 8.8 Mt, down 0.4% when compared with last year. South Korea’s crude steel production was 6Mt in June 2019, a decrease of 2.6% on last year.

In the European Union, Germany produced 3.4Mt of crude steel, down 5.8% on June 2018. Italy produced 2.1Mt of crude steel, down by 2.5%, while France produced 1.3Mt of crude steel, an increase of 3.4% compared to June 2018. Spain produced 1.2Mt of crude steel, up by 2.3%.

The US produced 7.3Mt of crude steel in June 2019, an increase of 3.1% compared to June 2018.

Brazil’s crude steel production for June 2019 was 2.8Mt, down by 3.1% on June 2018.

Turkey’s crude steel production for June 2019 was 2.7Mt, down 11% on June 2018.

Crude steel production in Ukraine was 1.7Mt this month, down 3%.