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China drives up 2013 crude steel output

Keywords: Tags  World Steel Association, globel steel production, Lisa Barrington

LONDON — Global crude steel production rose 3.5 percent last year compared with 2012 as China, the world’s largest steel producer, posted a 7.5-percent gain to more than 779 million tonnes, according to data released by the World Steel Association Jan. 23.

Production in the 27 member states of the European Union (excluding Croatia, which joined in July 2013) fell 1.8 percent despite a 23.8-percent increase in the United Kingdom to 11.86 million tonnes.

North American production fell 1.9 percent last year, pulled down by a 2-percent decline in the United States to 86.96 million tonnes.

A version of this article was first published by AMM sister publication Steel First..

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