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Crude Steel Production July 2010

China´s crude steel production for July 2010 was 51,7 Mt, an increase of 2,2 % compared to July 2009. Elsewhere in Asia, Japan produced 9,2 Mt of crude steel in July 2010, up 20,4 %, South Korea 4,8 Mt, 16,2 % up compared to the same month last year. In the EU, Germany´s crude steel production for July 2010 was 3,5 Mt, an increase of 29,7 % on July 2009, while the UK produced 0,8 Mt, –5,8 %.   Turkey produced 2,4 Mt of crude steel in July 2010, 1,3 % higher than July 2009. Russia produced 5,6 Mt of crude steel in July 2010, an 11,5 % increase over the same month last year and Ukraine’s crude steel production was 2,4 Mt, down –9,6 %. The USA produced 6,7 Mt of crude steel in July 2010, an increase of 32,9 % compared to July 2009. The World Steel Association (worldsteel) represents approximately 180 steel producers (including 19 of the world’s 20 largest steel companies), national and regional steel industry associations, and steel research institutes. worldsteel members produce around 85 % of the world’s steel. World crude steel production in July 2010 was –2,1 % lower in comparison with July 2008, before the impact of the global economic crisis was felt. However, while China, South Korea and Iran showed increased crude steel production in July 2010 compared to the same month in 2008, the US, Germany, Turkey, Russia, Ukraine and Japan are not yet back to pre-crisis production levels. The crude steel capacity utilisation ratio of the 66 countries in July 2010 declined significantly to 75,1 % from 80,4 % in June 2010. Compared to July 2009, the utilisation ratio in July 2010 increased by 2,7 %.  (08/2010)


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