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World Crude Steel Production in January 2012

This is –7,8 % lower than January 2011. China’s production for was 52,1 Mt, a decrease of –13 % compared to January 2011. Elsewhere in Asia, Japan produced 8,6 Mt, a decrease of –10,6 % compared to the same month last year. South Korea’s production was 5,1 Mt, –9,6 % down compared to January 2011. In the EU, Germany’s production was 3,4 Mt, a decrease of –8,5 % on January 2011. Italy produced 2,2 Mt, 4,6 % higher than January 2011. France produced 1,4 Mt, 11,2 % up compared to January 2011. Turkey produced 3,1 Mt, 14,4% higher than January 2011. Russia produced 5,9 Mt, an increase of 0,4 % compared to January 2011. Ukraine’s production was 2,9 Mt, a –1.6% decrease on the same month 2011. The US produced 7,6 Mt, an increase of 5,7 % compared to January 2011. Brazilian production was 2,8 Mt, 0,6 % higher than January 2011. The world crude steel capacity utilisation ratio of the 59 countries in January 2012 rebounded slightly to 71,3 %, 0,5 % higher than from December 2011. Compared to January 2011, the utilisation ratio in January 2012 decreased by –9,6 % (2/2012).


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