World crude steel production for the 63 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 136Mt in May 2013, an increase of 2.6% compared to May 2012.

China’s crude steel production that month was 67.0Mt, up 7.3% compared to May 2012. Elsewhere in Asia, Japan produced 9.6Mt of crude steel, an increase of 4.3% compared to May last year. South Korea’s crude steel production was 5.5Mt, down -7.1% on May 2012. India made an estimated 6.730Mt up 1.5% on May 2013.

In the EU, Germany produced 3.7Mt of crude steel, a decrease of -1.5% compared to May 2012. Italy produced 2.3Mt, down -11.1% on May 2012. France made 1.4Mt crude steel, -3.5% less than May 2012. Spain produced 1.4Mt, an increase of 4.3% compared to May 2012. UK produced 0.984Mt, down -2.6% on a year earlier.

Turkey’s crude steel production for May 2013 was 3.0Mt, a decrease of -2.0% compared to May 2012.
Russia produced 6.1Mt of crude steel, a slight increase of 0.2% compared to May last year. Ukraine’s crude steel production for May 2013 was 2.8Mt, -6.5% less than May 2012.

The USA output was 7.5Mt, down -4.9% on May 2012.

Brazil produced 3.0Mt of crude steel production, up 5.5% compared to May 2012.

The crude steel capacity utilisation ratio for the 63 countries in May 2013 remained nearly unchanged at 79.6% compared to 80.0% in April 2013. Compared to May 2012, it is -0.9% lower.