The 10 Biggest Steel Producing Nations

The steel industry continues to reach record highs in worldwide production, despite facing challenges of oversupply and raw materials costs, a report from the World Steel Association shows.

Incredibly, total world crude steel production was 1,606 million metric tonnes for 2013 and estimates show that numbers for 2014 – to be released in the coming months – and into 2015, will show continued growth.

As we wait for the official data for 2014, we thought it would be interesting to take a look at the world’s biggest steel producing nations as they stand. Who are the biggest steel producers? How much do they produce, export and use?

1.    China

Crude Steel Production:           779.0 million tonnes

Steel Exports:                            61.5 million tonnes

Apparent Steel Use:                  700.2 million tonnes

2.    Japan

Crude Steel Production:           110.6 million tonnes

Steel Exports:                            42.5 million tonnes

Apparent Steel Use:                  65.3 million tonnes

3.    United States

Crude Steel Production:           86.9 million tonnes

Steel Exports:                            12.5 million tonnes

Apparent Steel Use:                  95.6 million tonnes

4.    India

Crude Steel Production:           81.2 million tonnes

Steel Exports:                            10.1 million tonnes

Apparent Steel Use:                  73.7 million tonnes

5.    Russia

Crude Steel Production:           68.7 million tonnes

Steel Exports:                            23.6 million tonnes

Apparent Steel Use:                  43.0 million tonnes

6.    South Korea

Crude Steel Production:           66.1 million tonnes

Steel Exports:                            28.9 million tonnes

Apparent Steel Use:                  51.6 million tonnes

7.    Germany

Crude Steel Production:           42.6 million tonnes

Steel Exports:                          24.3 million tonnes

Apparent Steel Use:                  37.7 million tonnes

8.    Turkey

Crude Steel Production:           34.7 million tonnes

Steel Exports:                           17.3 million tonnes

Steel Use:                                  31.3 million tonnes

9.    Brazil

Crude Steel Production:           34.2 million tonnes

Steel Exports:                            8.1 million tonnes

Apparent Steel Use:                  26.4 million tonnes

10. Ukraine

Crude Steel Production:           32.8 million tonnes

Steel Exports:                            24.7 million tonnes

Apparent Steel Use:                  5.6 million tonnes

Will we see a reshuffle in the top 10 given recent challenges of overcapacity and sluggish economic growth? We’ll
have to wait and see.

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World Steel in Figures 2014

Source: World Steel in Figures 2014, World Steel Association