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World steel production soars to record 174 million tonnes in May

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The World Steel Association reported significant growth in steel production in May 2021 across all regions of the world.

World steel production soars to record 174 million tonnes in May

Global crude steel production for the 64 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (Worldsteel) was 174.4 million tonnes in May 2021, up 16.5% from May 2020.

Steel production in Africa in May increased by 65.1% year-on-year to 1.3 million tons.

Asia and Oceania produced 128.4 million tonnes of steel, 11.7% more than in May 2020.

In the CIS, steel production amounted to 9.1 million tons, an increase of 14.8% in annual comparison.

The EU (27) produced 13.5 million tons of steel, an increase of 32.7% compared to May last year.

In Europe and other countries, 4.2 million tons of steel were produced, which is 36.9% more than in May 2020.

In the Middle East, 3.7 million tons of steel were smelted, increasing production by 16.8%.

North America produced 10.1 million tonnes of steel, up 47.7% from a year earlier.

South America produced 3.9 million tonnes, increasing production by 49.7% YoY.

TOP-10 steel producers

  1. China produced 99.5 million tonnes in May 2021, up 6.6% over May 2020.
  2. India produced 9.2 million tons, up 46.9% from last year.
  3. Japan produced 8.4 million tons of steel, increasing production by 42.2%.
  4. The United States produced 7.2 million tonnes, up 47.6% from May 2020.
  5. Russia produced 6.6 million tons of steel, an increase of 14.0%.
  6. South Korea produced 6.0 million tons of steel, which is 10.5% more than in May last year.
  7. Germany produced 3.5 million tonnes of steel, up 35.5% YoY.
  8. Turkey produced 3.2 million tons of steel, increasing production by 42.4%.
  9. Brazil produced 3.2 million tonnes of steel, 40.1% more than in May 2020.
  10. Iran produced 2.6 million tonnes of steel, up 7.7% YoY.
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