Figures released by the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) show that stainless steel melt shop production in 2014 increased by 8.3% to 41.7Mmt and production increased in all regions except for Central and Eastern Europe.

China’s year-end figure for 2014 was 21.6Mmt while the rest of Asia produced 9.3Mmt. Western Europe and Africa was in third place with 7.5Mmt and the Americas was in fourth place with 2.8Mmt. In last place was Central and Eastern Europe with just 277kt.

The ISSF is a non-profit research organisation, which serves as a world forum on all aspects of the international stainless steel industry.