Global crude steel production up by 3.7% in 2021: World Steel Association

The total global crude steel production in 2021 was pegged at 1,950.5 million tonnes, a 3.7% increase compared to 2020.  However, world crude steel production for the 64 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 158.7 million tonnes in December 2021, a 3.0% decrease compared to December 2020. The 64 countries accounted for approximately 98% of total world crude steel production in 2020.

Africa produced 1.2 million tonnes in December 2021, down by 9.6% on December 2020. Asia and Oceania produced 116.1 million tonnes, down by 4.4%. The CIS produced 8.9 million tonnes, down 3.0%. The EU (27) produced 11.1 million tonnes, down by 1.4%. Europe, Other produced 4.3 million tonnes, down by 0.8%. The Middle East produced 3.9 million tonnes, up by 22.1%. North America produced 9.7 million tonnes, up by 7.5%. South America produced 3.5 million tonnes, down by 8.7%.

India ranked second in the top 10 steel-producing countries in the world, according to the World Steel report. China, the top producer, produced 86.2 million tonnes in December 2021, down by 6.8% on December 2020. In December 2021, India produced 10.4 million tonnes, up by 0.9%. Japan produced 7.9 million tonnes, up by 5.4%. The United States produced 7.2 million tonnes, up 11.9%. Russia is estimated to have produced 6.6 million tonnes, the same as in December 2020. South Korea produced 6.0 million tonnes, up by 1.1%. Germany produced 3.1 million tonnes, up by 0.1%. Turkey produced 3.3 million tonnes, down by 2.3%. Brazil produced 2.6 million tonnes, down by 11.4%, while Iran’s production in December 2021 is estimated to at 2.8 million tonnes, up by 15.1% against December 2020.

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