Swedish output improves slightly in spring

Crude steel output at Swedish mills in the first quarter was below the corresponding 2023 period, but March and April showed some increase year-on-year.

During the first three months of the year, a total of 1,108,000 tonnes of crude steel were produced in Sweden. This is a 4.4% decrease in output compared to the same period last year, Kallanish learns from Swedish steel association Jernkontoret.

March saw output of 407,000t, up 3.5% on March 2023. This slight upward trend continued in April, which also saw output of 407,000t, up 1% on April 2023.

“It is of course gratifying that production increased in March and April, but it is not possible to draw any more far-reaching conclusions based on a single monthly figure,” says Mathias Ternell, Jernkontoret trade policy director.

The production statistics are compiled by Jernkontoret and are based on data from 11 crude steel manufacturing plants in Sweden. The association does not give details on finished products, and its figures do not draw a distinction between the blast furnace and the electric arc furnace routes.

Christian Koehl Germany