Sixty-five companies reported to the World Steel Association their steel production numbers from the month of September and the resulting figure, 133 million tons, represented a 6.1 percent increase from September 2012.
In addition to September, the 65 reporting countries listed a production total of 1,186 million tons over the first nine months of 2013, signifying a 2.7 percent increase from the same span in 2012. The numbers are broken down by region below:
Asia produced 795.1 million tons of crude steel over the first three quarters of 2013, which was an increase of 5.9 percent from 2012. China, in particular, reported an increase of 11 percent from the previous year, while Japan and South Korea also had increases of 5.5 and 8.7 percent, respectively.
The EU produced 123.8 million tons of crude steel in the first nine months, down 4.2 percent from 2012. However, countries such as Germany, France, and Spain have all reported increases in the month of September with respective figure increase of 1.4 percent, 7.4 percent, and 5.9 percent.
South America produced 34.8 million tons of crude steel throughout the first three quarters of 2013, down 1.2 percent from the same period a year ago.
North America’s crude steel production, according to the report, was 88.9 million tons for the first nine months of 2013, a decrease of 4.1 percent from the same period in 2012. The good news is that the US produced 7.2 million tons of steel in the month of September, which was a 6.3 percent increase from a year ago.
About the World Steel Association
The World Steel Association is one of the largest and most dynamic industry associations in the world. Worldsteel represents approximately 170 steel producers (including 17 of the world’s largest steel companies), national and regional steel industry associations, and steel research institutes. Worldsteel members represent around 85 percent of world steel production.