Germany’s crude steel production for the 12 months 2010 was 43.8Mt, up 34% on 2009 – an exceptionally low year with an output of 32.7Mt, the lowest for over 40 years.
Capacity utilisation of plant was 84% compared with a world average of 78%.
For 2011, only a 1.6% growth in crude steel output is forecast by the German Iron & Steel Institute (VDEh) with output forecast at 44.5Mt.