World Steel Association (worldsteel), which represents 64 producing countries, said on Thursday that global crude steel production was 169.2 million tonnes (Mt) in March 2021, a 15.2% increase compared to the same month last year.
China produced 94.0 Mt in March 2021, up 19.1% on March 2020, while India’s output rose 23.9% to 10.0 Mt, it said in a statement.
Japan produced 8.3 Mt, up 4.6%. The United States produced 7.1 Mt, up 1.0%. Russia is estimated to have produced 6.6 Mt, up 9.4%. South Korea produced 6.1 Mt, up 4.7%.
Germany, worldsteel said, is estimated to have produced 3.6 Mt, up 10.4%. Turkey produced 3.4 Mt, up 9.2%. Brazil produced 2.8 Mt, up 4.1%. Iran is estimated to have produced 2.6 Mt, up 10.7%.
Global crude steel production was 486.9 Mt in the first three months of 2021, up by 10.0% compared to the same period in 2020, the statement said.
Asia and Oceania produced 356.9 Mt of crude steel in the first quarter of 2021, an increase of 13.2% over the first quarter of 2020.
The EU (27) produced 37.8 Mt of crude steel in the first quarter of 2021, up by 3.1% compared to the same quarter of 2020.
North America’s crude steel production in the first three months of 2021 was 28.1 Mt, a decrease of 5.2% compared to the first quarter of 2020.
The CIS produced 26.2 Mt of crude steel in the first quarter of 2021, an increase of 3.1% over the first quarter of 2020, worldsteel said.
|Crude steel production by region|
|Mar 2021 (Mt)||% change Mar 21/20||Jan-Mar 2021 (Mt)||% change Jan-Mar 21/20|
|Asia and Oceania||123.8||17.6||356.9||13.2|
|Total 64 countries||169.2||15.2||486.9||10.0|