World crude steel production for the 66 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 107Mt in September.

The figure is 0.6% lower than September 2008. World total crude steel production month-on-month has continued to show a steady increase since April 2009.

China’s crude steel production for September 2009 was 50.7Mt, 28.7% higher than September 2008. Japan produced 8Mt of crude steel in September 2009, down by 18% compared to the same month last year.

India produced 4.6Mt, a 0.2% decline from the same month last year, although for the first nine months of the year it has produced 1.6% more than the first nine months of 2008. South Korea showed a decline of 2.4% from September 2008, producing 4.4Mt of crude steel in September 2009.

In the EU, Germany’s crude steel production was 3.2Mt in September 2009, a decrease of 21.7% from September 2008. France produced 1.3Mt in September 2009, down by 15.3% from September 2008.

The US produced 5.4Mt of crude steel in September 2009, a decrease of 31.4% compared to the same month last year. Iran produced 0.9Mt of crude steel in August 2009, 4% more than in September 2008.

Total crude steel production in the 66 reporting countries for the first nine months of 2009 was 866Mt, a 16.4% decrease over the same period of 2008.