CHICAGO Global crude
steel output increased 1.2 percent in April as Asia, largely
China, offset declines in other major producing regions,
including North America and Europe.
Production by the 63 countries
reporting to the World Steel Association (WorldSteel) totaled
more than 132.1 million tonnes last month, up from 130.5
million tonnes in April 2012.
Chinas crude steel
production in April increased 6.8 percent from a year earlier
to nearly 65.7 million tonnes, Japanese output rose 1 percent
to almost 9.2 million tonnes and production in India was up 3.5
percent to 6.6 million tonnes.
In North America, crude steel
production fell 5.7 percent in April, led by a 7.3-percent drop
in U.S. output to almost 7.3 million tonnes. Mexican steel
production fell 1.5 percent to 1.5 million tonnes and Canadian
output slipped 0.5 percent to slightly less than 1.2 million
The European Union continued to
register some of the largest production declines globally, with
April output falling 4.9 percent from a year earlier to under
14.1 million tonnes. The regions top two
producersGermany and Italyregistered year-on-year
declines of 0.9 percent and 11.6 percent, respectively, to 3.6
million tonnes and 2.1 million tonnes.
Long-product producer Turkey
logged a 0.7-percent drop to nearly 2.9 million tonnes.
Global steel capacity
utilization for the 63 reporting countries rose to 80 percent
in April from 79.1 percent the previous month but was 2
percentage points below April 2012, WorldSteel said.