Global crude steel output rose 15.2% year-on-year in March to 169 million tonnes; China up 19%, India 24%

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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 21/20Jan-Mar 2021 (Mt)% change Jan-Mar 21/20
Africa1.525.93.93.4
Asia and Oceania123.817.6356.913.2
CIS9.17.026.23.1
EU (27)13.617.537.83.1
Europe, Other4.410.512.68.3
Middle East3.66.610.53.2
North America9.70.128.1-5.2
South America3.68.110.97.1
Total 64 countries169.215.2486.910.0

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