World crude steel production was 24.2% higher in November 2009 than in November 2008.

Production was at 107.5Mt and is the third month in a row with a year-on-year growth rate.

China’s crude steel production for November 2009 was 47.3Mt, 37.4% higher than November 2008. Japan produced 8.9Mt of crude steel in November 2009, up by 0.5% compared to the same month last year. South Korea showed an increase of 7.5% from November 2008, producing 4.3Mt of steel.

The US produced 6Mt of crude steel, an increase of 26.9% compared to the same month last year. Brazil’s crude steel production in November 2009 was 2.7Mt, 15.1% higher than November 2008.

Germany’s crude steel production was 3.5Mt, an increase of 8.0% from November 2008. Italy produced 1.9Mt, down by 17.2% from November 2008.

Russia’s crude steel production was 5.3Mt, an increase of 42.6% compared to November 2008 while Ukraine produced 2.7Mt in November 2009, 67.1% higher than the same month last year. Turkey produced 2.1Mt of crude steel, an 18.3% increase from November 2008.

Total crude steel production in the 66 reporting countries for the first 11 months of 2009 was 1.09bnt, a 10.8% decrease over the same period of 2008.