In its annual report for 2010, The Belgian Steel Federation – GSV reports crude steel output at 7.973Mt, up 41% on the 2009 figure but still 25% down on the 10.673Mt reported in 2008 a figure similar to the 10.692Mt produced in 2007 despite the start of the financial crisis in Q4 2008.
Oxygen steelmaking accounted for 57% of output of carbon steel and electric arc for 19%. 25% of output was stainless and other alloy steels.
The industry in Belgium, which consists of 14 plants located in Gent in the west, Charleroi in the south and Genk and Liege in the east employed 14274 – down -1% on 2009 and had a turnover of €8.8M, up 40% on 2009 but down €2.2M (24.7%) on 2008. The value added element reached €1.7M an increase of 13% over 09 but still below the €1.9M of 2008.
Exports account for 85% of production and grew 31% in value over 09 to €6.15M but down on the €8.2M of 2008. Germany was the main recipient by volume of exports taking 25% of total output followed by France (20%). Other EU countries (excluding Belgium) accounted for 28% of output. Domestic consumption was only 15% of total production.
Robrecht Himpe, Chairman GSV said that as Europe continues to claim leadership in climate policy its leaders should ensure that other concerned parties and countries follow suit to ensure competitiveness of European steel.
In a measure to coordinate sustainability, in January 2010 GSV joined forces with the Federation of Glass Manufacturers and the Federation of Paper and Board Converting Industries to form ‘inDUfed – Sustainable Goods’, a common platform to address issues regarding renewable and recyclable goods.