India 4th largest in steel output, logs highest growth in 2012
There was no change in the top three steel producing nations with China, Japan and the US retaining their slots in the respective order in 2012, World Steel Association (WSA) data revealed.
India was world's fourth largest steel maker in 2011 and 2010 as well with a total production of 73.6 MT steel and 69 MT respectively. It had clinched the third spot in 2009, but the US grabbed the slot since 2010.
India's growth in steel output was, however, the highest at 4.3 per cent in 2012 among top five major steel producing nations.
Meanwhile, WSA said,"World crude steel production reached 1,548 MT for the year 2012, up by 1.2 per cent compared to 2011. This is a record for global crude steel production."
"The growth came mainly from Asia and North America while crude steel production in the EU and South America decreased in 2012 compared to 2011," it added.
Recording a 2.6 per cent increase, Asia produced 1,012.7 MT steel, hiking its share of world steel production slightly from 64.5 per cent in 2011 to 65.4 per cent in 2012. Country-wise, China produced 716.5 MT, an increase of 3.1 per cent over 2011, and thereby increased its share of world steel output to 46.3 per cent in 2012 from 45.4 per cent in 2011. Japan produced 107.2
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