World crude steel production in April 2014 was up 1.7% when compared with the same period last year, according to figures released by the World Steel Association.

The April 2014 total, based on the 65 countries reporting to the Brussels-based steel organisation, was 137Mt.

China’s crude steel production for April 2014 was 68.8Mt, up 2.1% compared to April 2013. Japan produced 8.9Mt, a decrease of -2.5% over the previous year, and South Korea’s figure was 6.1Mt, up 10.8%.

In the EU, Germany produced 3.7Mt of crude steel, an increase of 3.9% compared to April 2013. Italy produced 2.0Mt of crude steel, down -4.0% and France’s produced 1.4Mt, an increase of 16%. Spain produced 1.2Mt of crude steel, down -3.1% compared to April 2013.

Turkey’s crude steel production was 2.6Mt, down -9.1% on the previous year.

In April 2014, Russia produced 5.8Mt of crude steel, an increase of 0.7% compared to April 2013. Ukraine’s production was 2.6Mt, down -4.5%.

The US produced 7Mt of crude steel in April 2014, a decrease of -1.6% compared to April 2013.

In South America, Brazil’s crude steel production for April 2014 was 2.8 Mt, down by -5.1% on the same period last year.
The crude steel capacity utilisation ratio for the 65 countries in April 2014 was 78.7%, which was 1.2 percentage points lower than April 2013. Compared to March 2014, it is 0.3 percentage points lower.