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March 2013 Crude Steel Production

In the first three months of 2013, Asia produced 259,8 Mt of crude steel, an increase of 6,4 % over the first quarter of 2012. The EU produced 41,5 Mt of crude steel in the first quarter of 2013, down by –5,4 % compared to the same quarter of 2012. North America’s crude steel production in the first three months of 2013 was 29,7 Mt, a decrease of –5,7 % compared to the first quarter of 2012. China’s crude steel production for March 2013 was 66,3 Mt, up by 6,6 % compared to March 2012. Elsewhere in Asia, Japan produced 9,4 Mt of crude steel in March 2013, up by 1,3 % compared to the same month last year. In March 2013, South Korea’s crude steel production was 5,7 Mt, down by –7 % over March 2012. In the EU, Germany produced 3.8 Mt of crude steel in March 2013, a decrease of -2.2% on March 2012. Italy’s crude steel production was 2.2 Mt, down by -18.4% compared to March 2012. Spain produced 1.3 Mt of crude steel, -2.3% lower than March 2012. France’s crude steel production was 1.3 Mt, a decrease of -9.6% on March 2012. Turkey’s crude steel production for March 2013 was 3 Mt, down by –4,6 % compared to March 2012. The US produced 7,3 Mt of crude steel in March 2013, down by –8,4 % on March 2012. In March 2013, Russia produced 6 Mt of crude steel, a decrease of –2,8 % compared to the same month last year. Ukraine’s crude steel production for March 2013 was 2,9 Mt, –2,9 % less than March 2012. Brazil produced 2,9 Mt of crude steel production in March 2013, a decrease of –7,6 % compared to the same month last year. The crude steel capacity utilisation ratio for the 63 countries in March 2013 slid to 79,4 % from 80,5 % in February 2013. Compared to March 2012, it is –2,1 % lower. (Source: worldsteel) (5/2013)


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