World crude steel production for July 2015 was down 3.8% when compared to July 2014, claims the World Steel Association.

Production from the 65 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) amounted to 133Mt.

According to worldsteel, China’s crude steel production for July was 65.8Mt, down 4.6% when compared to the same period last year. Japan produced 8.8Mt, down 4.9% and India’s production was up 1.2% at 7.7Mt.

In the European Union, Germany’s production was up 4.7% at 3.6Mt and Turkey produced 2.5Mt, down 10% on 2014’s figure.

Russia’s crude steel production was down 2.8% at 6Mt while the Ukraine produced 1.9Mt, a decrease of just over 24%.

In the USA crude steel production was down just over 9% at 7Mt while in the Middle East Iran produced 1.3Mt, down 1.3% on July 2014.

In Latin America, Brazil produced 2.9Mt, down 3.1%.

The crude steel capacity utilization ratio for the 65 countries in July 2015 was 68.4%, which is 4.2 percentage points lower than in July 2014. Compared with June 2015 the figure was 3.8 percentage points lower.