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World crude steel production declined by 5.7% in February

World crude steel production for the 64 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 142.7 million tonnes (Mt) in February 2022, a 5.7% decrease compared to February 2021.

This is mainly due to the decline in the production of China by -10.0%, the largest producer and consumer of steel in the world, and the decline in production in most regions of the world during the region of Africa, the Middle East and North America, which represents only about 12% of the world’s production.

Crude steel production in the world

Area Feb. 2022 (Mt) % change Feb. – Feb.  22/21 Jan-Feb 2022 (Mt) % change 22/21
Africa 1.3 4.1 2.5 5.9
Asia and Oceania 102.6 -7.1 215.8 -7.2
CIS 7.7 -5.8 16.8 -1.7
EU (27) 11.7 -2.5 23.8 -2.2
Europe, Other 3.8 -2.7 7.8 -4.8
Middle East 3.5 2.8 7.4 9.4
North America 8.8 1.8 18.5 0.4
South America 3.3 -7.0 6.9 -5.9
Total 142.7 -5.7 299.4 -5.5

 China produced an estimated 75.0 Mt in February 2022, down 10.0% on February 2021. India produced 10.1 Mt, up 7.6%. Japan produced 7.3 Mt, down 2.3%. 

Top 10 crude steel producing countries in the world

Countries Feb. 2022 (Mt) % change Feb. – Feb.  22/21 Jan-Feb 2022 (Mt) % change 22/21
China 75.0 e -10.0 158.0 -10.0
India 10.1 7.6 20.9 6.6
Japan 7.3 -2.3 15.1 -2.2
United States 6.4 1.4 13.4 0.6
Russia 5.8 e -1.4 12.4 1.0
South Korea 5.2  -6.0 6.5 1.1
Turkey 3.2 3.8 3.3 1.1
Germany 3.0 -3.3 6.1 -5.7
Brazil 2.7 -6.9 5.6 -5.8
Iran 2.5 e 3.7 5.3 11.8

In the Arab countries, Egypt came first with 766,000 tonnes, an increase of 3.9%, followed by Saudi Arabia with 715,000  tonnes, up to 6.2%, and UAE came in third Rank with 180,000 tonnes.

Arab countries’ production of crude steel

Countries Feb. 2022 (000t) % change Feb. – Feb.  22/21 % change 22/21
Egypt 796 766 3.9
Saudi Arabia 715 673 6.2
United Arab Emirates 180 228 -21.0
Qatar 86 77 11.6
Libya 62 72 -13.8

 

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