World crude steel production for November 2014, based on the 65 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 131Mt, an increase of 0.1% when compared to November 2013.

China’s crude steel production for November 2014 was 63.3Mt, a decrease of -0.2%, and elsewhere in Asia, Japan produced 9.2Mt of crude steel, down 1.1% and South Korea produced 5.9Mt of crude steel up 5.5%.

In the European Union, Germany produced 3.6Mt of crude steel in November 2014, a decrease of 1.9% compared to November 2013. Italy produced 1.9Mt, down 13.9%, and France 1.4 Mt, an increase of 5.8%. Spain produced 1.2Mt of crude steel, down 1.9%.

Turkey produced 2.8Mt of crude steel in November 2014, down 8.6% on November 2013.

Meanwhile, Russia produced 5.8Mt of crude steel, up 5.8% over November 2013, and Ukraine produced 1.8Mt, down 28.6% compared with November 2013 figures.

The USA produced 7.2Mt of crude steel in November 2014, an increase of 1.5%, and Brazil’s crude steel production for the period was 2.8 Mt, up by 2.4% over November 2013.

The crude steel capacity utilisation ratio for the 65 countries in November 2014 was 73.5%, 2.5 percentage points lower than in November 2013. Compared to October 2014, it was 1.2 percentage points lower.