World crude steel production in April was 35.7% higher year-on-year.

According to the World Steel Association (worldsteel), production was 122Mt for the month with China leading the way at 55.4Mt.

China’s production was an increase of 27% y-o-y and is the highest amount the country has produced in a single month.

Japan produced 9Mt in April 2010, up 56.7% compared to the same month last year. South Korea’s production for was 4.8Mt, 22.9% up compared to the same month last year.

Germany’s production for April 2010 was 3.9Mt, up 107.2% on April 2009. Italy produced 2.4Mt, 57.9% higher than the same month in 2009 while Spain produced 1.6Mt, an increase of 36%.

Russia’s crude steel in April 2010 was 5.6Mt, 28.9% higher while Ukraine produced 3Mt, an increase of 39% compared to April 2009.

Turkey produced 2.4Mt of crude steel in April 2010, a 21.5% increase over the same month in 2009.

The US produced 6.8Mt, an increase of 79.4%. Brazilian crude steel production was 2.7Mt, 56.6% higher than April 2009.

The world crude steel capacity utilisation ratio of the 66 countries in April 2010 was 83.4%. Compared to April 2009, the utilisation ratio in April 2010 increased by 18.9%.