June 2014's world crude steel production for the 65 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 137Mt million tonnes, an increase of 3.1% when compared to June 2013.

For the first six months of 2014 world crude steel production was 821.3Mt, an increase of 2.5% compared to the same period of 2013. The EU 28 showed an increase of 3.8% while Asia and North America reported growth of 2.9% and 1.7% respectively in the first half of 2014. South America and CIS were down by 1% and 2.6% respectively

China’s crude steel production for June 2014 was 69.3Mt, up by 4.5% on June 2013. Elsewhere in Asia, Japan produced 9.1Mt, a decrease of 1.7% over the same period in 2013. India produced 6.7Mt of crude steel, an increase of 0.8% and South Korea produced 6Mt, up by 10.8%.

In the EU, Germany produced 3.6Mt of crude steel in June 2014, up 0.6% while Italy produced 2.1Mt, down by 3.7%. In France, crude steel production was 1.4 Mt, up 1.6% last June, and Spain produced 1.3Mt, up 6% compared to June 2013.

In Turkey crude steel production for June 2014 reached 3.1Mt, up 6.7%.

The Ukraine produced 2.6Mt of crude steel, down 6%.

The USA produced 7.2Mt of crude steel in June 2014, an increase of 1.9%.

Brazil’s crude steel production for June 2014 was 2.7 Mt, down by -4.9% on June 2013.

The crude steel capacity utilisation ratio for the 65 countries in June 2014 was 78.3% which is 0.1 percentage points lower than last year. Compared to May 2014, it remained the same.

Source: worldsteel