World crude steel production for September was 112Mt - 0.9% higher than September 2009.

According to worldsteel, crude steel production in September 2010 was 3.5% higher than September 2008 when the global economic crisis started showing the impact on world crude steel production.

However China’s crude steel production for September 2010 was 47.9Mt - 5.9% down from September 2009.

Japan produced 9.2Mt of crude steel in September 2010, up 11.7% compared to the same month last year. South Korea’s crude steel production for September 2010 was 4.7Mt, 3.2% up compared to the same month last year.

In the EU, Germany’s crude steel for September 2010 was 3.3Mt, an increase of 4.1% on September 2009. Italy produced 2.3Mt, 19.8% more than the same month in 2009.

Turkey produced 2.5Mt in September 2010, 17.9% higher than September 2009.

The US produced 6.6Mt of crude steel in September 2010, an increase of 15.0% compared to September 2009.

Brazil produced 2.7Mt of crude steel in September 2010, a 1.2% decrease over the same month last year.

The crude steel capacity utilisation ratio of the 66 countries in September 2010 rebounded slightly to 74.4% compared to 73.3% in August 2010. Compared to September 2009, the utilisation ratio in September 2010 decreased by 3.8 percentage points.