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Global Steel Production Up in March

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World crude steel production totaled 155 million metric tons in March, reports the World Steel Association, Brussels. The total was up 4.9 percent from March 2018.

For the year to date, global production was at 444.1 million tons, a 4.5 percent increase from the corresponding period last year. 

The U.S. produced 7.8 million tons in March, up 5.7 percent over the prior-year month. Through March, production in the U.S. increased 6.8 percent over last year to 14.4 million tons. 

In Mexico, production in March totaled 1.8 million tons, a 3.8 percent decrease, while the full-year total of 5 million tons was down 4.4 percent. Canadian production was up 3.4 percent to 1.2 million tons in March, and the three-month total of 3.3 million tons was 0.8 percent lower than last year. 

China’s crude steel production in March was 80.3 million tons, a year-over-year increase of 10 percent. India’s production of 9.4 million tons was down 1 percent, while Japanese production remained flat at 9.1 million tons. 

In the EU, Germany produced 3.7 million tons, a decrease of 1.1 percent. Italy’s crude steel production for March was down 0.3 percent to 2.3 million tons, while production in France increased 2.3 percent to 1.4 million tons.