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April 2007

Crude steel production for February 2007

World crude steel production for the 66 countries reporting to the International Iron and Steel Institute was 99.0 million metric tons (mmt) in February. This is 8.6% higher than for the same month of 2006.

China produced 36.1 mmt of crude steel in February. This is 20.1% higher than February 2006. Japan produced 9.2 mmt of crude steel, an increase of 3.6% year-on-year (YOY). Crude steel production in South Korea was 3.7 mmt, an increase of 0.2% compared to the same month last year.

Germany produced 3.8 mmt of crude steel in February 2007, an increase of 3.1% YOY. France produced 1.7 mmt, a rise of 0.2% compared to the same month in 2006. Production in the UK was 1.2 mmt, 9.3% higher than February 2006.

Brazil produced 2.5 mmt of crude steel in February, an increase of 17.6% compared to February 2006.

Turkey’s crude steel production rose by 14.6% YOY to 1.9 mmt in February. Total production in the Other Europe region was 2.3 mmt, an increase of 14.8%. Bosnia-Herzegovina and Macedonia now report their monthly production to IISI and have been added to this region.

Crude steel production in the United States was 7.1 mmt, a decline of -8.0% YOY.

From January 2007, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Macedonia have begun to report their crude steel production figures to IISI. This brings the total number of reporting countries to 66. These countries represented more than 98% of world crude steel production in 2006.

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