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Global Steel Production Climbs in September

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Global steel production increased 2.9 percent to 156.4 million tons in September compared with the previous year, the Brussels-based World Steel Association reported. Total global production in September totaled 156.4 million tons.

For the first nine months of 2020, global production totaled 1.35 billion tons, a 3.2 percent decrease compared with the previous year. Total North American production of 74 million tons through three quarters represented an 18.2 percent decline compared with 2019.

The U.S. produced 5.7 million tons in September, down 18.5 percent from the same month in 2019. Year-to-date production in the U.S. was down 19.2 percent to 53.5 million tons.
Canadian production in September was down 27.6 percent to 780,000, while year-to-date production of 8 million tons was 18.3 percent behind the previous year. Mexico produced 1.4 million tons in September, down 3.9 percent, while the year-to-date total was down 13.6 percent to 12.2 million tons.

China produced 92.6 million tons of crude steel in September 2020, an increase of 10.9 percent compared with the same month last year.  Japan produced 6.5 million tons, down 19.3 percent, while South Korean production increased 2.1 percent to 5.8 million tons.

Germany produced 3.0 million tons in September, down 9.7 percent. Italy produced 1.8 million tons, down 18.7 percent, while French production of 1 million tons represented a 20.1 percent decrease.

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