World crude steel production for May 2014 was up 2.2% when compared with figures from May 2013.

China's crude steel production for May 2014 was up 2.6% to 70.4Mt and elsewhere in Asia Japan produced 9.6Mt (down 0.3%) and South Korean production was up 11.4% to 6.2Mt.

Within the European Union, Germany produced 3.9Mt, up 7.3% and Italy produced 2.3Mt, down 0.8% when compared with May 2013 figures.

Crude steel production in France was down 4% at 1.4Mt and Spain produced 1.3Mt, down 2.9%.

In Turkey, crude steel production was 3Mt, down 0.7%.

Russian crude steel production of 6.1Mt was an increase on May 2013 of 0.6% and in the Ukraine, crude steel production was 2.8Mt, up 2.2%.

Crude steel production in the USA was up 1.4% on May 2013 with American steelmakers accounting for 7.5Mt of global production.

In South America, Brazil produced 2.9Mt of crude steel, down 4.3% on May 2013 figures.

The crude steel capacity utilisation ratio for the 65 countries reporting to worldsteel was 78.5% for May 2014, 0.7 percentage points lower when compared to the April 2014 figure and 0.7 percentage points lower than in May 2013.