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Global Steel Production Increases in January

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World crude steel production in January totaled 154.4 million tons, a 2.1 percent increase compared with the same month last year, the Brussels-based World Steel Association reported.

U.S. production totaled 7.7 million tons in January, a 2.5 percent increase compared with the same month the previous year. Canadian production was down 6.5 percent to 1.1 million tons, while Mexican production dipped 15.9 percent to 1.4 million tons.

China’s crude steel production in January totaled 84.3 million tons, an increase of 7.2 percent compared with the same month in 2019. Japanese production dipped 1.3 percent to 8.2 million tons, while South Korean production was down 8 percent to 5.8 million tons.

In the EU, Italy produced 1.9 million tons, a 4.9 percent decline. French production climbed 4.5 percent to 1.3 million tons.

Brazil’s crude steel production for January 2020 was 2.7 million tons, down 11 percent. Turkey’s production climbed 17.3 percent to 3 million tons.