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Global Steel Production Up 4.9 Percent in First Half

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Global crude steel production totaled 159 million tons in June, a 4.6 percent increase compared to the same month in 2018. For the year to date, global production was up 4.9 percent to 925.1 million tons.

The United States produced 7.3 million tons of crude steel in June, an increase of 3.1 percent from the prior year. First-half production of 44.3 million tons was up 5.4 percent compared with 2018.

Canadian production in June declined 7.6 percent to 1.1 million tons, while year-to-date production of 5.8 million tons was down 10.9 percent. In Mexico, steel production in June declined 9.1 percent to 1.6 million tons, while first-half production of 9.7 million tons was down 7.5 percent.

For the first half, Asia produced 660.2 million tons of crude steel, an increase of 7.4 percent over the first half of 2018. The EU produced 84.7 million tons of crude steel in the first half of 2019, down 2.5 percent compared to the same period of 2018. North America’s crude steel production in the first six months of 2019 was 60.1 million tons, an increase of 1.4 percent.

China’s crude steel production for June 2019 was 87.5 million tons, a 10 percent increase compared with the same month in 2018. Japanese production declined 0.4 percent to 8.8 million tons, while Indian production was up 4 percent to 9.3 million tons.

In the EU, Germany produced 3.4 million tons of crude steel, down 5.8 percent from June 2018. Italy produced 2.1 million tons, down 2.5 percent, while French production increased 3.4 percent to 1.3 million tons.