World crude steel production falls in November 2015

World crude steel production for the 66 countries reporting to the World Steel Association was 127 million tonnes (Mt) in November 2015, a -4.1% decrease compared to November 2014, the industry group said.

It said in a statement that China’s crude steel production for November 2015 was 63.3 Mt, down by -1.6% compared to November 2014. Japan produced 8.7 Mt of crude steel in November 2015, a decrease of -4.7% compared to the same month in 2014.

In the EU, Germany produced 3.5 Mt of crude steel in November 2015, a decrease of -3.1% compared to November 2014. Italy’s crude steel production was 1.9 Mt, up by 0.4% on November 2014. Spain produced 1.2 Mt of crude steel in November 2015, down by -2.9% compared to November 2014. France’s production for November 2015 was 1.2 Mt, a decrease of -14.7% compared to the same month in 2014, the statement said.

Turkey’s crude steel production for November 2015 was 2.6 Mt, down by -7.2% on November 2014.

In November 2015, Russia produced 5.7 Mt of crude steel, down by -3.1% over November 2014. Ukraine produced 1.9 Mt of crude steel, up by 3.1% compared to the same month in 2014.

The US produced 6.1 Mt of crude steel in November 2015, down by -15.6% compared to November 2014, the statement said, adding that Brazil’s crude steel production for November 2015 was 2.5 Mt, a decrease of -4.4% on November 2014.

The crude steel capacity utilisation ratio for the 66 countries in November 2015 was 66.9%. This is -4.0 percentage points lower than November 2014. Compared to October 2015, it is -1.4 percentage point lower.

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