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World crude steel production declined by 5.8% in March

World crude steel production for the 64 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 161.0 million tonnes (Mt) in March 2022, a 5.8% decrease compared to March 2021.

Global crude steel production was 456.6 Mt in the first three months of 2022, down by 6.8% compared to the same period in 2021. Asia and Oceania produced 331.3 Mt of crude steel in the first quarter of 2022, a decrease of 7.8% from the first quarter of 2021.

The EU (27) produced 36.8 Mt of crude steel in the first quarter of 2022, down by 3.8% compared to the same quarter of 2021.

North America’s crude steel production in the first three months of 2022 was 28.1 Mt, a decrease of 0.9% compared to the first quarter of 2021.

Russia & other CIS + Ukraine produced 24.0 Mt of crude steel in the first quarter of 2022, a decrease of 8.5% on the first quarter of 2021.

Crude steel production in the world

Area March 2022 (Mt) % change Mar. – Mar.  22/21 Jan.-Mar.022 (Mt) % change 22/21
Africa 1.2 -17.1 3.8 -2.9
Asia and Oceania 118.6 -5.0 331.3 -7.8
CIS 7.4 -19.2 24.0 -8.5
EU (27) 12.8 -8.5 36.8 -3.8
Europe, Other 4.2 -3.5 11.9 -5.3
Middle East 3.5 -3.5 10.2 -1.9
North America 9.7 -2.8 28.1 -0.9
South America 3.7 1.7 10.6 -3.6
Total 161.0 -5.8 456.6 -6.8

China produced 88.3 Mt in March 2022, down 6.4% on March 2021. India produced 10.9 Mt, up 4.4%. Japan produced 8.0 Mt, down 4.3%. 

Top 10 crude steel producing countries in the world

Countries March 2022 (Mt) % change Mar. – Mar.  22/21 Jan-Mar 2022 (Mt) % change 22/21
China 88.3 -6.4 243.4 -10.5
India 10.9 4.4 31.9 5.9
Japan 8.0 -4.3 23.0 -2.9
United States 7.0 -1.7 20.3 -0.4
Russia 6.6 e -1.8 18.7 -1.2
South Korea 5.7 -6.1 16.9 -1.2
Turkey 3.3 -11.8 9.8 -3.7
Germany 3.3 -2.9 9.4 -4.7
Brazil 3.0 e 5.4 8.5 -2.2
Iran 2.3 e -6.1 6.9 -4.4

In the Arab countries, Egypt came first with 809,000 tonnes,  down 19.9%, followed by Saudi Arabia with 790,000  tonnes, up to 0.5%, and UAE came in third Rank with 276,000 tonnes.

Arab countries’ production of crude steel

Countries March  2022 (000t) % change Mar. – Mar.  22/21 % change 22/21
Egypt 809 1010 -19.9
Saudi Arabia 790 786 0.5
United Arab Emirates 276 254 -8.6
Qatar 90 90 0
Libya 79 72 9.7

 

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