Global steel output rose in Sept
LONDON, Oct 24: Global steel output edged up 2.9per cent year on year in September, the second consecutive month of gains after five months of declines as the coronavirus pandemic depressed industrial activity, data showed on Friday.
World crude steel production increased to 156.4 million tonnes, boosted by a strong recovery in China, which saw a 10.9per cent jump to 92.6 million tonnes, the World Steel Association said.
China is the world's top producer and consumer of the metal.
"All the growth was in China's output. It looks increasingly likely that a revival in production elsewhere will have to wait until 2021," said Caroline Bain, chief commodities economist at Capital Economics.
"However, demand growth (in China) may ease back from here as the government has tightened lending conditions for property developers."
There was a stark contrast between China, which has bounced back strongly due to heavy infrastructure stimulus spending, and the rest of the world.
Steel production slid 18.5per cent in the United States, dropped 19.3per cent in Japan and fell 9.7per cent in Germany.
For the first nine months of the year, steel production fell 3.2per cent globally and gained 4.8per cent in China, according to data from the World Steel Association, a group of producers that accounts for about 85per cent of global steel output.
The group last week forecast that the coronavirus-related decline in global steel demand this year will be less than expected at 2.4per cent after a buoyant recovery in China. -Reuters