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June Global Steel Production Analysis

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DTC provides a rapid analysis and turnaround service of Intra-Monthly Data Releases (Coal Exports/Imports, Steel Production, Generation, Utility Inventories) helping you to understand the trends by region through monthly high's and low's.

DTC Flash©: Crude Steel Production up 6% YoY in October

DTC Short & Sweet: Global crude steel production totaled 145.3 mm MT in October, down 0.7% seq pd but up 5.9% YoY. In absolute terms, it was the highest monthly production in DTC’s database going back to January ’06 but on a per diem basis only the fourth highest during this period. Total production excluding China rose to 72.9 mm MT (up 1.1% seq pd and 5.7% YoY); underlying this favorable YoY monthly comparison was strong North American production in October at 9.8 mm MT, up 9.3% versus the prior year, with notable double-digit percentage increases in both the U.S. and Canada, as well as sustained strength in Asia (Japan being the exception) and the EU. The global crude steel capacity utilization rate fell to 73.0% in October (down from 73.6% in September and up from 70.0% a year ago).

  • Pig Iron Lags Crude Steel YoY: Global pig iron production in October was 99.6 mm MT, down 1.3% seq pd basis but up 1.3% YoY. Total production excluding China rose to 39.6 mm MT (up 0.6% seq pd but down 0.1% YoY).                                               
  • Global Crude Steel YoY Change:  Up 5.9% YoY in October, the eighteenth consecutive month of YoY increases.

  • Total Excl. China:  72.89 mm MT – up 1.1% seq pd and 5.7% YoY. YTD production of 701.03 mm MT is up 5.1% YoY and annualizes to 841.69 mm MT, compared to 2016 total of 795.62 mm MT.

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