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Crude Steel Output Decreased by 2,8 % in 2015

Crude steel production decreased in all regions except Oceania in 2015. Annual production for Asia was 1113,8 Mt of crude steel in 2015, a decrease of –2,3 % compared to 2014. China’s crude steel production in 2015 reached 803,8 Mt, down by –2,3 % on 2014. China’s share of world crude steel production increased from 49,3 % in 2014 to 49,5 % in 2015. Japan produced 105,2 Mt in 2015, down by –5,0 % compared to 2014. India’s crude steel production for 2015 was 89,6 Mt, up by 2,6 % on 2014. South Korea produced 69,7 Mt of crude steel in 2015, a decrease of –2,6 % compared to 2014.
In 2015, the EU (28) produced 166,2 Mt of crude steel, a decrease of –1,8 % compared to 2014. Germany produced 42,7 Mt of crude steel in 2015, down by –0,6 % over 2014. Italy produced 22,0 Mt in 2015, a decrease of –7,1 % over 2014. France’s crude steel production in 2015 was 15,0 Mt, down by –7,2 %. Spain produced 14,9 Mt of crude steel in 2015, an increase of 4,4 % compared to 2014. Crude steel production for 2015 in North America was 110,7 Mt, a decrease of –8,6 % compared to 2014. The US produced 78,9 Mt of crude steel, down by –10,5 % on 2014. The CIS showed a decrease of -4,3 % in 2015, producing 101,5 Mt of crude steel. Russia* produced 71,1 Mt of crude steel, down by –0,5 % on 2014 and Ukraine* recorded a decrease of –15,6 % with a year-end figure of 22,9 Mt (*both figures are not finally confirmed). Annual crude steel production for South America was 43,9 Mt in 2015, a decrease of –2,5 % on 2014. Brazil produced 33,2 Mt in 2015, down by –1,9 % compared to 2014. In December 2015, world crude steel production for the 66 countries reporting to worldsteel was 126,7 Mt, a decrease of –5,7 % compared to December 2014. The crude steel capacity utilisation ratio of the 66 countries in December 2015 was 64,6 %. This is –4,9 % lower than December 2014. In January the production was 128 Mt, a –7,1% decrease compared to January 2015 The average capacity utilisation in 2015 was 69,7 % compared to 73,4 % in 2014.


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