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Crude Steel

In May 2024, South Africa’s crude steel production declined by 9.8% compared to May 2023, following a substantial 17.3% year-on-year decrease in April 2024. This marks a troubling trend for the second quarter of 2024.
February 2024 saw a 17.0% surge in South Africa's crude steel production, marking four consecutive months of double-digit growth and highlighting industrial resilience.
Global steel production decreased in January 2024, but Africa saw a notable increase. South Africa's steel output surged by 24.8%. The trade balance improved in 2022 but worsened in 2023.
Global steel production in the first half of 2023 decreased by 1.1%, with African production led by South Africa, Libya, and Tunisia showing a 4.1% increase during the same period.
Global crude steel production witnessed a 2.4% decrease in April 2023 compared to the same month in the previous year, while Africa's production increased by 4.8%, led by South Africa, Libya, and Tunisia.
Global crude steel production increased by 1.7% in March 2023 compared to the previous year, with Africa, Asia/Oceania, and Russia/CIS/Ukraine showing growth, while South America, Europe, other, the Middle East, and North America experienced declines.
Global crude steel production decreased by 1.0% in February 2023 compared to the same month in 2022, with China as the top producer. Europe and Türkiye saw significant decreases.
MEPS predicts global crude stainless steel production to hit 60 million tonnes in 2023, driven by China and Indonesia. India's production is expected to rise.
World crude steel production in January 2023 declined by 3.3%. Regions including Russia, Europe, EU, North America, Africa, Asia/Oceania, and South America reported production decreases, while the Middle East saw an increase.
Global crude steel production in Jan-Dec 2022 was 1,831.5 Mt, down 4.3%. India was the only Top 10 producer with positive growth, and China remains the largest producer.