World crude steel production for October 2015 was 134Mt, a decrease of 3.1% when compared to the same period last year.

The figures, comprised from data supplied by the 66 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) show that China produced just over 66Mt, down 3.1% on October 2014, and that Japan’s 9Mt was down 3.8% when compared with the same month last year.

Germany produced 3.6Mt, up 2.7% when compared with October 2014, while Italy’s figure of 1.9Mt was down 8.6%. Spain was down 3.1%, having produced 1.3Mt and France was down a staggering 20.9% at 1.2Mt.

Turkey’s crude steel production for October was 2.8Mt, up 2% and Russia produced 5.7Mt, down 2.4%. Ukraine’s 2.1Mt was an increase of 6.4%.

The US produced 6.7Mt of crude steel in October, down 8.8% compared to last year’s figure. Brazil produced 3Mt, down 2.3%.

In terms of steel capacity utilisation ratio, the figure for the 66 countries reporting to worldsteel was 68.3%, which was 3.4 percentage points lower than in October 2014 and 1 percentage point lower than the September figure.