World crude steel production for the 64 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 132Mt in June 2013, an increase of 1.9% compared to June 2012. Output was largely driven by Asia which saw a 24.6% increase over June 2013.

World crude steel production in the first six months of 2013 was 789.8Mt, an increase of 2.0% compared to the same period of 2012. Asia showed an increase of 5.5% while other regions recorded negative growth in the first half of 2013. The EU 27 produced -5.1% less and North and South America produced -5.8% and -4.6% less respectively. The CIS region showed a decrease of -3.0%.

China’s crude steel production for June 2013 was 64.7Mt, up 4.6% compared to June 2012. Elsewhere in Asia, Japan produced 9.3Mt of crude steel in June, an increase of 0.9% compared to the same month last year. South Korea’s crude steel production was 5.5Mt down -5.4% on June 2012. India made an estimated 6.45Mt in June, up 80.6% on June 2012.

In the EU, Germany produced 3.7Mt of crude steel in June, a decrease of -2.2% compared to June 2012. Italy’s crude steel production was 2.2 Mt, down by -10.3% on June 2012. France produced 1.4Mt of crude steel, up 2.8% on June 2012. Turkey’s crude steel production for June 2013 was 3.0Mt, a slight increase of 0.5% compared to June 2012. UK produced 1.055Mt in June, a record for the year and up 43% on June 2012.

Russia produced 5.7Mt, a decrease of -0.8% compared to June last year. Ukraine’s crude steel production was 3.1Mt, 7.8% higher than June 2012.

Output in the USA was 7.2Mt of crude steel, down -0.2% on June 2012. Brazil produced 2.8Mt an increase of 2.7% compared to June 2012.

Crude steel capacity utilisation ratio for the 64 countries in June 2013 declined slightly to 79.2% from 79.6% in May 2013. Compared to June 2012, it is -1.5% lower.