January 2022 crude steel production

22 February 2022 Brussels, Belgium

World crude steel production for the 64 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 155.0 million tonnes (Mt) in January 2022, a 6.1% decrease compared to January 2021.

Crude steel production by region

Africa produced 1.2 Mt in January 2022, up 3.3% on January 2021. Asia and Oceania produced 111.7 Mt, down 8.2%. The CIS produced 9.0 Mt, up 2.1%. The EU (27) produced 11.5 Mt, down 6.8%. Europe, Other produced 4.1 Mt. down 4.7%. The Middle East produced 3.9 Mt, up 16.1%, North America produced 10.0 Mt, up 2.5%. South America produced 3.7 Mt, down 3.3%.

Table 1. Crude steel production by region
Jan 2022 (Mt)% change Jan 22/21Jan-Jan 2022 (Mt)% change Jan-Jan 22/21
Asia and Oceania111.7-8.2111.7-8.2
EU (27)11.5-6.811.5-6.8
Europe, Other4.1-4.74.1-4.7
Middle East3.916.13.916.1
North America10.02.510.02.5
South America3.7-3.33.7-3.3
Total 64 countries155.0-6.1155.0-6.1

The 64 countries included in this table accounted for approximately 98% of total world crude steel production in 2020. Regions and countries covered by the table:

  • Africa: Egypt, Libya, South Africa
  • Asia and Oceania: Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Korea, Taiwan (China), Vietnam
  • CIS: Belarus, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan
  • European Union (27)
  • Europe, Other: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, Turkey, United Kingdom
  • Middle East: Iran, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates
  • North America: Canada, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, United States
  • South America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela

Top 10 steel-producing countries

China produced an estimated 81.7 Mt in January 2022, down 11.2% on January 2021. India produced 10.8 Mt, up 4.7%. Japan produced 7.8 Mt, down 2.1%. The United States produced 7.3 Mt, up 4.2%. Russia is estimated to have produced 6.6 Mt, up 3.3%. South Korea is estimated to have produced 6.0 Mt, down 1.0%. Germany produced 3.3 Mt, down 1.4%. Turkey produced 3.2 Mt, down 7.8%. Brazil produced 2.9 Mt, down 4.8%. Iran is estimated to have produced 2.8 Mt, up 20.3%.

Table 2. Top 10 steel-producing countries
Jan 2022 (Mt)% change Jan 22/21Jan-Jan 2022 (Mt)% change Jan-Jan 22/21
United States7.
South Korea6.0e-1.06.0-1.0

e – estimated. Ranking of top 10 producing countries is based on year-to-date aggregate

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