Global crude steel production for the 62 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 128Mt in April 2012, an increase of 1.2% compared to April 2011.

China produced 60.6Mt, an increase of 2.6% compared to April 2011.

Elsewhere in Asia, Japan’s output of crude steel in April was 9.1Mt up 7.6% compared to the same month last year. South Korea’s crude steel production for was 6.0Mt, an increase of 2.1% compared to April 2011. At an estimated output of 6Mt for April, India’s output grew 4.7% over April 2011.

The US produced 7.7Mt of crude steel, up 9.3% on April 2011.

Brazil’s crude steel production for April 2012 was 3.0Mt, -1.2% lower than April 2011.

Declines in output were seen in the EU in April with an average fall of -5.2% compared with the same month 2011. Germany made 3.6Mt of crude steel a decrease of -5.5%. Italy’s crude steel production for was 2.4Mt, down -3.2%, France produced 1.4Mt , a decrease of -1.8% and Spain’s so the largest decline with crude steel production at 1.3Mt, down -14.3%. UK showed a 2.8% increase with the start up of the idled Teesside furnace during the month, total output reaching 863kt.

Turkey’s crude steel production was 2.9Mt, an increase of 4.7% compared to April 2011.

The world crude steel capacity utilisation ratio for the 62 countries in April 2012 remained nearly unchanged at 81.1% compared to March 2012. It was 1.7% points lower compared to April 2011.