22 February 2023 Brussels, Belgium

World crude steel production for the 63 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 145.3 million tonnes (Mt) in January 2023, a 3.3% decrease compared to January 2022.

Crude steel production by region

Africa produced 1.2 Mt in January 2023, down 4.9% on January 2022. Asia and Oceania produced 107.5 Mt, down 0.2%. The EU (27) produced 10.3 Mt, down 15.2%. Europe, Other produced 3.3 Mt, down 17.5%. The Middle East produced 3.8 Mt, up 19.7%. North America produced 9.1 Mt, down 5.6%. Russia & other CIS + Ukraine produced 6.5 Mt, down 24.9%. South America produced 3.6 Mt, down 0.6%.  
Table 1. Crude steel production by region
Jan 2023 (Mt) % change Jan 23/22 Jan-Jan
2023 (Mt)
% change Jan-Jan 23/22
Africa 1.2 -4.9 1.2 -4.9
Asia and Oceania 107.5 -0.2 107.5 -0.2
EU (27) 10.3 -15.2 10.3 -15.2
Europe, Other 3.3 -17.5 3.3 -17.5
Middle East 3.8 19.7 3.8 19.7
North America 9.1 -5.6 9.1 -5.6
Russia & other CIS + Ukraine 6.5 -24.9 6.5 -24.9
South America 3.6 -0.6 3.6 -0.6
Total 63 countries 145.3 -3.3 145.3 -3.3
  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 is estimated to have produced 79.5 Mt in January 2023, up 2.3% on January 2022. India produced 10.9 Mt, down 0.2%. Japan produced 7.2 Mt, down 6.9%. The United States produced 6.5 Mt, down 6.8%. Russia is estimated to have produced 5.8 Mt, down 8.9%. South Korea produced 5.5 Mt, down 9.8%. Germany produced 2.9 Mt, down 10.2%. Brazil produced 2.8 Mt, down 4.9%. Iran is estimated to have produced 2.7 Mt, up 27.7%. Türkiye produced 2.6 Mt, down 17.6%.  
Table 2. Top 10 steel-producing countries
Jan 2023 (Mt)   % change Jan 23/22 Jan-Jan 2023 (Mt) % change Jan-Jan 23/22
China 79.5 e 2.3 79.5 2.3
India 10.9 -0.2 10.9 -0.2
Japan 7.2 -6.9 7.2 -6.9
United States 6.5 -6.8 6.5 -6.8
Russia 5.8 e -8.9 5.8 -8.9
South Korea 5.5 -9.8 5.5 -9.8
Germany 2.9 -10.2 2.9 -10.2
Brazil 2.8 -4.9 2.8 -4.9
Iran 2.7 e 27.7 2.7 27.7
Türkiye 2.6 -17.6 2.6 -17.6

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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