German crude production reaches 30mt

Germany’s mills produced 29.91 million tonnes of crude steel in January-September, Kallanish learns from the latest figures provided by steel federation WV Stahl.

Following the summer months, production in September picked up to 3.34mt, two thirds of which were made by the oxygen route, one third by the EAF route. Apart from summer shutdowns mostly at EAF mills, the three months to September were also marked by a reline of a big blast furnace at thyssenkrupp, which resumed production by October.

Assuming a healthy level of demand from consumer industries, it is therefore likely that output in subsequent months will be altogether higher, and that annual production might reach the mark of 40mt.

Christian Koehl Germany