22 August 2023 Brussels, Belgium

World crude steel production for the 63 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 158.5 million tonnes (Mt) in July 2023, a 6.6% increase compared to July 2022.

Crude steel production by region

Africa produced 1.4 Mt in July 2023, up 26.1% on July 2022. Asia and Oceania produced 119.9 Mt, up 9.1%. The EU (27) produced 10.3 Mt, down 7.1%. Europe, Other produced 3.6 Mt, up 5.1%. The Middle East produced 3.1 Mt, down 3.9%. North America produced 9.4 Mt, down 1.2%. Russia & other CIS + Ukraine produced 7.4 Mt, up 9.3%. South America produced 3.4 Mt, down 8.4%.  

Table 1. Crude steel production by region

Jul 2023 (Mt) % change Jul 23/22 Jan-Jul
2023 (Mt)
% change Jan-Jul 23/22
Africa 1.4 26.1 9.0 7.0
Asia and Oceania 119.9 9.1 828.4 1.7
EU (27) 10.3 -7.1 76.7 -10.3
Europe, Other 3.6 5.1 23.8 -11.7
Middle East 3.1 -3.9 26.2 2.3
North America 9.4 -1.2 64.1 -3.5
Russia & other CIS + Ukraine 7.4 9.3 51.2 -0.8
South America 3.4 -8.4 23.7 -7.4
Total 63 countries 158.5 6.6 1,103.2 -0.1
  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 90.8 Mt in July 2023, up 11.5% on July 2022. India produced 11.5 Mt, up 14.3%. Japan produced 7.4 Mt, up 0.9%. The United States produced 6.9 Mt, up 0.5%. Russia is estimated to have produced 6.3 Mt, up 5.8%. South Korea produced 5.7 Mt, down 9.0%. Germany produced 3.0 Mt, down 0.5%. Türkiye produced 2.9 Mt, up 6.4%. Brazil produced 2.7 Mt, down 4.7%. Iran produced 2.0 Mt, down 1.5%.  

Table 2. Top 10 steel-producing countries

Jul 2023 (Mt)   % change Jul 23/22 Jan-Jul 2023 (Mt) % change Jan-Jul 23/22
China 90.8 11.5 626.5 2.5
India 11.5 14.3 79.9 9.0
Japan 7.4 0.9 51.2 -3.9
United States 6.9 0.5 46.8 -2.3
Russia 6.3 e 5.8 44.2 2.8
South Korea 5.7 -9.0 39.4 -1.8
Germany 3.0 -0.5 21.5 -4.6
Türkiye 2.9 6.4 18.8 -13.5
Brazil 2.7 -4.7 18.6 -8.6
Iran 2.0 -1.5 18.1 4.1

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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