Spanish steel sector activity has continued its post-Covid-19 recovery, registering in April the second-highest monthly production of the last 12 months.
According to Spanish steelmakers’ association Unesid, the local steel industry produced around 1.3 million tonnes of crude steel in April. This volume was just 0.9% less compared to the record output of 1.31mt in the previous month, but 108.6% higher on-year.
During the last seven months, Spanish monthly output ranged between 1.05mt to 1.31mt, except in December when activity is typically reduced, data show.
Since the beginning of 2021, the country saw its crude steel production reach 4.78mt. Unesid did not disclose an on-year comparison in its latest report, but taking worldsteel figures into account, the growth is estimated at 23.4%, Kallanish notes.
Spain used 1.01mt of ferrous scrap for steelmaking in April, the highest monthly volume over the last 12 months, Unesid confirms. During January-April, scrap usage was 3.7mt, representing 77.4% of total crude steel production in the period.
Todor Kirkov Bulgaria