Oct. 30, 2013
Crude Steel Production Up 6.1 Percent in September
World crude steel production in September totaled 133 million tons, according to the Brussels-based World Steel Association. Global production was up 6.1 percent over the same month last year.
For the first nine months, world crude steel production for the 65 countries reporting to the WSA totaled 1.186 billion tons, an increase of 2.7 percent over 2012. The crude steel capacity utilization rate for the 65 countries in September was 79.3 percent, 2.1 percentage points higher than September 2012 and 3.4 percentage points higher than August.
The U.S. produced 7.2 million tons of crude steel in September, up 6.3 percent compared to September 2012. For the first nine months, North America’s crude steel production was 88.9 million tons, down 4.1 percent compared to 2012.
China's crude steel production was 65.4 million tons in September, up 11.0 percent compared to September 2012.