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world’s production of crude steel rose 2.9% in September

World crude steel production for the 64 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 156.4 million tonnes (Mt) in September 2020, a 2.9% increase compared to September 2019. Due to the ongoing difficulties presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, many of this month’s figures are estimates that may be revised with next month’s production update.

World crude steel production was 1,347.4 Mt in the first nine months of 2020, down by 3.2% compared to the same period in 2019. Asia produced 1,001.7 Mt of crude steel in the first nine months of 2020, an increase of 0.2% over the same period of 2019. The EU produced 99.4 Mt of crude steel in the first nine months of 2020, down by 17.9% compared to the same period in 2019. Crude steel production in the C.I.S. was 74.3 Mt in the first nine months of 2020, down 2.5% compared to the same period in 2019. North America’s crude steel production in the first nine months of 2020 was 74.0 Mt, a decrease of 18.2% compared to the same period in 2019.

China produced 92.6 Mt of crude steel in September 2020, an increase of 10.9% compared to September 2019. India produced 8.5 Mt of crude steel in September 2020, down 2.9% on September 2019. Japan produced 6.5 Mt of crude steel in September 2020, down 19.3% on September 2019.

Crude steel production of Arab countries

   Egypt’s  crude steel production in September 601,000 tons, up 21.2% compared to September 2019. Saudi Arabia produced 533,000 tons of crude steel in September 2020, down 19.6% compared to September 2019. UAE  produced 233,000 tons of crude steel down 20.6% compared to September 2019. Qatar  produced 80,000 tons of crude steel down 64.1% compared to August 2019,  Libya  produced 1,000 tons of crude steel down 96.9% compared to September 2019.

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