25 September 2023 Brussels, Belgium

World crude steel production for the 63 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 152.6 million tonnes (Mt) in August 2023, a 2.2% increase compared to August 2022.

Crude steel production by region

Africa produced 1.5 Mt in August 2023, up 16.1% on August 2022. Asia and Oceania produced 115.7 Mt, up 3.5%. The EU (27) produced 9.1 Mt, down 4.4%. Europe, Other produced 3.4 Mt, down 3.2%. The Middle East produced 2.8 Mt, down 16.0%. North America produced 9.2 Mt, down 2.6%. Russia & other CIS + Ukraine produced 7.5 Mt, up 10.7%. South America produced 3.4 Mt, down 8.1%.  

Table 1. Crude steel production by region

Aug 2023 (Mt) % change Aug 23/22 Jan-Aug
2023 (Mt)
% change Jan-Aug 23/22
Africa 1.5 16.1 10.6 8.2
Asia and Oceania 115.7 3.5 944.8 2.0
EU (27) 9.1 -4.4 85.7 -9.8
Europe, Other 3.4 -3.2 27.2 -10.6
Middle East 2.8 -16.0 29.0 0.4
North America 9.2 -2.6 73.1 -3.8
Russia & other CIS + Ukraine 7.5 10.7 58.8 0.8
South America 3.4 -8.1 27.1 -7.5
Total 63 countries 152.6 2.2 1,256.4 0.2
  The 63 countries included in this table accounted for approximately 97% of total world crude steel production in 2022. Regions and countries covered by the table:
  • Africa: Egypt, Libya, South Africa, Tunisia
  • Asia and Oceania: Australia, China, India, Japan, Mongolia, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Korea, Taiwan (China), Thailand, Viet Nam
  • European Union (27)
  • Europe, Other: Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, Türkiye, United Kingdom
  • Middle East: Iran, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates
  • North America: Canada, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, United States
  • Russia & other CIS + Ukraine: Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine
  • South America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela
 

Top 10 steel-producing countries

China produced 86.4 Mt in August 2023, up 3.2% on August 2022. India produced 11.9 Mt, up 17.4%. Japan produced 7.1 Mt, down 2.9%. The United States produced 7.0 Mt, up 1.1%. Russia is estimated to have produced 6.4 Mt, up 8.9%. South Korea produced 5.6 Mt, down 5.9%. Germany produced 2.8 Mt, down 1.0%. Türkiye produced 2.8 Mt, down 2.9%. Brazil produced 2.7 Mt, down 5.9%. Iran produced 1.6 Mt, down 24.1%.  

Table 2. Top 10 steel-producing countries

Aug 2023 (Mt)   % change Aug 23/22 Jan-Aug 2023 (Mt) % change Jan-Aug 23/22
China 86.4 3.2 712.9 2.6
India 11.9 17.4 92.2 10.5
Japan 7.1 -2.9 58.4 -3.8
United States 7.0 1.1 53.8 -1.9
Russia 6.4 e 8.9 50.8 3.9
South Korea 5.6 -5.9 45.0 -2.3
Germany 2.8 -1.0 24.3 -4.2
Türkiye 2.8 -2.9 21.6 -12.1
Brazil 2.7 -5.9 21.3 -8.3
Iran 1.6 -24.1 19.7 1.1

e – estimated. Ranking of top 10 producing countries is based on year-to-date aggregate

 

Notes to Editors:

  • The World Steel Association (worldsteel) is one of the largest and most dynamic industry associations in the world, with members in every major steel-producing country. worldsteel represents steel producers, national and regional steel industry associations, and steel research institutes. Members represent around 85% of global steel production.
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