World crude steel production was a record 1.527bnt in 2011, an increase of 6.8% from 2010.

All the major steel-producing countries apart from Japan and Spain showed growth in 2011. Growth was particularly robust in Turkey, South Korea and Italy.

Annual production for Asia was 988.2Mt of crude steel in 2011, an increase of 7.9% compared to 2010. The region’s share of world steel production increased slightly from 64.0% in 2010 to 64.7% in 2011.

China’s crude steel production in 2011 reached 695.5Mt, an increase of 8.9% on 2010. China’s share of world crude steel production increased from 44.7% in 2010 to 45.5% in 2011.

Japan produced 107.6 Mt in 2011, a 1.8% decrease from 2010. In 2011, South Korea’s crude steel production was 68.5Mt, a 16.2% increase compared to 2010.

The EU recorded an increase of 2.8% compared to 2010, producing 177.4Mt of crude steel in 2011. Spain produced 15.6 Mt of crude steel in 2011, a 4.6% decrease on 2010 while Italy produced 28.7Mt in 2011, an 11.3% increase over 2010.

Crude steel production in North America was 118.9Mt, an increase of 6.8% on 2010. The US produced 86.2Mt of crude steel, 7.1% higher than 2010.

The CIS showed an increase of 4.0% in 2011, producing 112.6Mt of crude steel. Russia produced 68.7Mt of crude steel, a 2.7% increase on 2010 and Ukraine recorded an increase of 5.7% with a year-end figure of 35.3Mt.

Annual crude steel production for South America was 48.4Mt, an increase of 10.2% on 2010. Brazil produced 35.2Mt, 6.8% higher than 2010.

In December 2011, world crude steel production for the 64 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 117.1 Mt, an increase of 1.7% compared to December 2010.

The crude steel capacity utilisation ratio of the 64 countries in December 2011 declined slightly to 71.7% compared to 73.3% in November 2011. Compared to December 2010, the utilisation ratio in December 2011 is 2.1 percentage points lower.