August 2020 crude steel production

                24 September 2020 Brussels, Belgium

                World crude steel production for the 64 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 156.2 million tonnes (Mt) in August 2020, a 0.6% increase compared to August 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.

                China produced 94.8 Mt of crude steel in August 2020, an increase of 8.4% compared to August 2019. India produced 8.5 Mt of crude steel in August 2020, down 4.4% on August 2019. Japan produced 6.4 Mt of crude steel in August 2020, down 20.6% on August 2019. South Korea’s steel production for August 2020 was 5.8 Mt, down by 1.8% on August 2020.

                Germany produced 2.8 Mt of crude steel in August 2020, down 13.4% on August 2019. Italy produced 0.9 Mt of crude steel in August 2020, up 9.7% on August 2019. France produced 0.7 Mt of crude steel in August 2020, down 31.2% on August 2019. Spain’s steel production for August 2020 was 0.7 Mt, down by 32.5% on August 2020.

                The United States produced 5.6 Mt of crude steel in August 2020, a decrease of 24.4% compared to August 2019.

                Production in the C.I.S. is estimated to be 7.9 Mt in August 2020, down 6.2% on August 2019. Ukraine produced 1.8 Mt of crude steel in August 2020, down 5.7% on August 2019.

                Brazil produced 2.7 Mt of crude steel in August 2020, up by 6.5% on August 2019.

                Turkey’s crude steel production for August 2020 was 3.2 Mt, up by 22.9% on August 2019.

                Notes to Editors:

                • The World Steel Association (worldsteel) is one of the largest and most dynamic industry associations in the world, with members in every major steel-producing country. worldsteel represents steel producers, national and regional steel industry associations, and steel research institutes. Members represent around 85% of global steel production.
                • For antitrust reasons worldsteel no longer produces a monthly global capacity utilisation ratio. Information on capacity can be found on the OECD website.
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