July 2022 crude steel production

23 August 2022 Brussels, Belgium

World crude steel production for the 64 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 149.3 million tonnes (Mt) in July 2022, a 6.5% decrease compared to July 2021.

Crude steel production by region

Africa produced 1.2 Mt in July 2022, down 5.4% on July 2021. Asia and Oceania produced 110.1 Mt, down 5.2%. The EU (27) produced 11.7 Mt, down 6.7%. Europe, Other produced 3.5 Mt, down 16.5%. The Middle East produced 3.2 Mt, up 24.2%. North America produced 9.6 Mt, down 5.4%. Russia & other CIS + Ukraine produced 6.4 Mt, down 29.1%. South America produced 3.6 Mt, down 7.8%.

Table 1. Crude steel production by region
Jul 2022 (Mt)% change Jul 22/21Jan-Jul
2022 (Mt)
% change Jan-Jul 22/21
Asia and Oceania110.1-5.2812.6-4.8
EU (27)11.7-6.786.0-5.6
Europe, Other3.5-16.527.5-6.7
Middle East3.
North America9.6-5.466.4-3.2
Russia & other CIS + Ukraine6.4-29.150.5-18.8
South America3.6-7.825.5-3.4
Total 64 countries149.3-6.51,102.3-5.4

The 64 countries included in this table accounted for approximately 98% of total world crude steel production in 2021. 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
  • 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
  • Russia & other CIS + Ukraine: Belarus, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan
  • South America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela

Top 10 steel-producing countries

China produced 81.4 Mt in July 2022, down 6.4% on July 2021. India produced 10.1 Mt, up 3.2%. Japan produced 7.3 Mt, down 8.5%. The United States produced 7.0 Mt, down 6.4%. Russia is estimated to have produced 5.5 Mt, down 13.2%. South Korea produced 6.1 Mt, down 0.6%. Germany produced 3.0 Mt, down 2.0%. Turkey produced 2.7 Mt, down 20.7%. Brazil produced 2.8 Mt, down 8.7%. Iran produced 2.0 Mt, up 34.1%.

Table 2. Top 10 steel-producing countries
Jul 2022 (Mt) % change Jul 22/21Jan-Jul 2022 (Mt)% change Jan-Jul 22/21
United States7.0-6.448.0-3.0
South Korea6.1-0.639.9-3.4

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

Note :

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