World Steel: July global steel output increases 6.6% on year

World crude steel production in July increased 6.6% year on year to 158.85 million mt for the 63 countries reporting to the World Steel Association, according to the data released by the association Aug. 22.
This is the fourth consecutive decline in monthly production, as a sharp month-on-month reduction in Iranian crude steel production and a further slowdown Europe and China offsettingstrengthening production in North America, India and South Korea.

China, the world’s largest steel producer, produced 90.80 million mt of crude steel in July, up 12% year on year. India, the second-largest world steel producer, saw its production rise 14% year on year to 11.48 million mt.

In Japan, the third-largest worldwide steel producer, production increased 0.9% year on year to 7.39 million mt.

Production in the EU in July fell 7.1% year on year to 10.32 million mt, with production in Germany, the seventh-largest worldwide steel producer, seeing output fall 0.5% to 2.98 million mt.

German output in July was pulled lower by owing to a slowdown in industrial production and subdued market demand, according to WV Stahl, the German steel federation. Electric steel production in particular fared particularly badly in June, falling 17% on the year, according to the federation.

German crude steel output by blast furnaces in July increased 6.1% year on year to 2.26 million mt.

In Iran, crude steel production was heavily disrupted by a cyberattack on June 26 that forced one of the countries largest steel companies, state-owned Khuzestan Steel Company, to halt production.

According to World Steel, Iranian crude steel production was 1.98 million mt in July, down 37% from the previous month but only 1.5% lower year-on-year.

Japanese output was up 0.9% year on year at 7.39 million mt, while US production of 6.95 million mt was 0.5% higher year on year.

South Korea’s production for July was reported at 5.71 million mt, down 9% year on year but 3.3% higher on a monthly basis while Turkey produced 2.89 million mt, up 6.4% year on year

Platts, part of S&P Global Commodity Insights, assessed domestic hot-rolled coil prices in Northern Europe at Eur635/mt ex-works Ruhr Aug. 21, down 35% since March 30.

Author Euan Sadden