MEXICO CITY Crude steel output in Trinidad and Tobago, Guatemala, El Salvador and Cuba rose last month, according to regional steel association Alacero.
Output in the four nations totaled 116,000 tonnes in July, up 9.4 percent from 106,000 tonnes in the same month last year.
Trinidad and Tobago was the largest crude steel producer at 47,000 tonnes, flat compared with July 2012, but production rose 19 percent in Guatemala to 32,000 tonnes, 15 percent in Cuba to 27,000 tonnes and 38 percent in El Salvador to 10,000 tonnes.
Finished steel output in the region, including the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica, also rose last month. Finished steel output jumped 30 percent in Guatemala to 47,000 tonnes, 39 percent in the Dominican Republic to 44,000 tonnes, 30 percent in Costa Rica to 39,000 tonnes, 51 percent in El Salvador to 12,000 tonnes and 21 percent in Cuba to 12,000 tonnes, but production in Trinidad and Tobago fell 3 percent from a year earlier to 31,000 tonnes.
Some of Alaceros figures, which do not include all countries in the region, are estimated.
A version of this article was first published by AMM sister publication Steel First.