NEW YORK Global crude
steel output rose 5.1 percent year on year in November on the
back of dramatic growth in China, even as steel production in
the United States and the European Union faltered.
The 62 countries reporting
output to the World Steel Association (WorldSteel) produced
nearly 121.7 million tonnes of steel in November, up from 115.8
million tonnes in the same month last year.
Chinas 13.7-percent output
spike was behind the uptick in global production, which would
have declined in November without strong Chinese growth of 6.9
million tonnes to almost 57.5 million tonnes during the month,
WorldSteel data show.
India also increased production
by 6.6 percent year on year to an estimated 6.4 million tonnes
last month. In contrast, steel output in the other major
steelmaking nations in AsiaJapan and South
Koreadeclined 2.3 and 2.7 percent, respectively.
North American steel production
fell 1 percent in November, with U.S. output declining 4.8
percent to nearly 6.7 million tonnes from 7 million tonnes in
November 2011. Part of that decline can likely be attributed to
the shutdown of the former RG Steel LLC steelmaking assets.
However, the sharpest regional
declines were in the European Union, where output fell 5.3
percent to 13.5 million tonnes in November from 14.3 million in
the same month the previous year. That decline was due to sharp
declines in Spain and Italy, which saw production fall 14.2
percent and 12.9 percent, respectively. Germany, the largest
steel producer in the European Union, saw production inch down
0.2 percent to 3.4 million tonnes amid growing economic
The Africa/Middle East region
recorded a gain of 6.1 percent to more than 2.8 million tonnes
in November compared with the same month last year, with a
politically calmer Egypt seeing a 15.3-percent uptick in steel
production to 548,000 tonnes during the month while that in
Iran grew 12 percent to 1.2 million tonnes.
Global steel output for the
first 11 months of the year totaled nearly 1.4 billion tonnes,
up 0.9 percent from 1.38 billion tonnes in the same year-ago