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Global Steel Production Up in February

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World crude steel production totaled 137.3 million tons in February, reports the World Steel Association, Brussels. The total was up 4.1 percent compared with February 2018.

For the year to date, global production was at 287.6 million tons, a 3.8 percent increase from last year. 

The U.S. produced 6.9 million tons in February, up 4.6 percent compared with the prior-year month. Through February, production of 14.4 million tons represents a 6.9 percent increase from 2018. 

In Mexico, production in February totaled 1.4 million tons, a 12.6 percent decrease, while the full-year total of 3 million tons was down 9.9 percent. Canadian production was down 6.7 percent to 1 million tons in February, and the two-month total of 2.2 million tons was 2.8 percent lower than last year. 

China’s crude steel production in February was 71 million tons, an increase of 9.2 percent. Indian production of 8.7 million tons was up 2.3 percent, while Japanese production declined 6.6 percent to 7.7 million tons. 

In the EU, France produced 1.2 million tons of crude steel, a decrease of 0.3 percent. Italy’s crude steel production for February was down 2.7 percent to 2 million tons, while Spanish production increased 2.5 percent to 1.3 million tons. 

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