World crude steel production for the 64 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 124Mt in in September 2011 - 9.7% higher than September 2010.

In the first nine months of 2011, Asia produced 728.3Mt of crude steel, an increase of 9.5% compared to the same period of 2010.

The EU produced 135.7Mt of crude steel in the first three quarters of 2011, up by 4.3% compared to the same period of 2010. North America’s crude steel production in the first nine months of 2011 was 89.3Mt, 6.1% higher than the first nine months of 2010.

China’s crude steel production for September 2011 was 56.7Mt, an increase of 16.5% compared to September 2010.

Japan produced 8.9Mt of crude steel in September 2011, a decrease of 3.8% compared to the same month last year. South Korea’s crude steel production for September 2011 was 5.5Mt, 17.7% up from September 2010.

In the EU, Germany’s crude steel production for September 2011 was 3.7Mt, an increase of 10.3% on September 2010. Italy produced 2.6Mt of crude steel in September 2011, 11.5% higher than September 2010. Turkey produced 3.0Mt of crude steel in September 2011, 16.9% higher than September 2010.

The US produced 7.2Mt of crude steel in September 2011, an increase of 8.9% compared to September 2010.

The world crude steel capacity utilisation ratio of the 64 countries in September 2011 rebounded slightly to 79.1%, 1.8 percentage points higher than in August 2011.

Compared to September 2010, the utilisation ratio in September 2011 increased by 3.5 percentage points.