NEW YORK Global crude
steel output rose 1 percent in March from the same month last
year, with production in China and India overcoming stagnation
in almost every other major steel-producing country.
The 63 countries that report
output to the World Steel Association (WorldSteel) produced
nearly 134.9 million tonnes of steel last month, up from 133.5
million tonnes a year earlier.
Chinas 6.6-percent jump in
output was responsible for the uptick in global production,
which would have declined had that country not boosted its
output to almost 66.3 million tonnes in March, WorldSteel data
Indian steel production
increased 6.5 percent to an estimated 6.9 million tonnes last
month, while Japanese output rose 1.3 percent to 9.4 million
In contrast, North American
steel production fell 6.3 percent in March, with U.S. output
declining 8.4 percent to nearly 7.3 million tonnes from 8
million tonnes in March 2012. Mexican steel production rose 1.3
percent to an estimated 1.6 million tonnes.
Some of the sharpest declines
were in the European Union, where output fell 6.6 percent year
over year. French, German and Italian production fell 9.6
percent, 2.2 percent, and 18.4 percent, respectively.
Global steel output totaled 388.8 million tonnes in the
first quarter, up 2.3 percent from 380.1 million tonnes in the
first three months of 2013, WorldSteel said.