First Quarter Crude Steel Production up 8.8%
Apr 26, 2011
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World crude steel production for the 64 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 129 million metric tons (mmt) in March 2011 and 372 mmt for the first quarter 2011. This is 7.0% higher than March 2010 and 8.8% higher than the first quarter 2010.

In the first three months of 2011 Asia produced 237.3 mmt of crude steel, up 9.1% over the first quarter of 2010. The EU produced 45.6 mmt of crude steel in the first quarter of 2011, up 6.9%. North America produced 28.9 mmt in the first quarter, up 6.0%.

• China’s crude steel production for March 2011 was 59.4 mmt, up 9.0% compared to March 2010.
• Japan's production was 9.1 mmt in March 2011, down 2.7% form March 2010, although Japan’s first quarter crude steel production figure of 27.7 mmt was 4.4% higher than first quarter 2010.
• South Korea produced 5.8 mmt of crude steel in March 2011, 14.4% more than March 2010.
• Germany’s crude steel production for March 2011 was 4.0 mmt, up 0.1% compared to March 2010.
• Italy’s production was 2.6 mmt, up 8.6%.
• Spain production was 1.6 mmt, up 0.3%.
• Turkey’s production was 2.7 mmt, up 24.9%.
• U.S. production was 7.1 mmt of crude steel in March 2011, down 0.2% from March 2010.
• Egypt production was 0.6 mmt, up 9.0%.

The world crude steel capacity utilization ratio of the 64 countries in March 2011 was 81.9%, a slight decrease from the updated figure of 83.0% for February 2011. Compared to March 2010, the utilization ratio in March 2011 is 2.5 percentage points higher.

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