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First-Half Steel Production Up 14.4 Percent

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World crude steel production totaled 167.9 million tons in June, an 11.6 percent increase compared with the same month last year, the World Steel Association reported. For the year to date, global production of 1 billion tons was up 14.4 percent.

The United States produced 7.1 million tons in June, a 44.4 percent increase compared with the same month in 2020. For the first half, U.S. production of 42 million tons represented a 15.5 percent increase from 2020. Overall, North American production of 10 million tons was up 45.2 percent compared with June 2020, while first-half production increased 16.4 percent to 58.7 million tons.

Elsewhere, Chinese production of 93.9 million tons was up 1.5 percent from June 2020, and first-half production of 563.3 million tons was up 11.8 percent. Indian production of 9.4 million tons was up 21.4 percent in June, while Japanese production jumped 44.4 percent to 8.1 million tons.

Every region in the world experienced production growth in both June and the first-half compared with the pandemic ravaged 2020.