World crude steel production in March 2005 up 6.5% than March 2004

Brussels, 18 April 2005 World crude steel production for the 61 countries reporting to the International Iron and Steel Institute was 92.9 million metric tonnes (mmt) in March. This is 6.5% higher than for March 2004.

China produced 27.5 mmt of crude steel in March, up 24.1% on the same month in 2004. Total production for the Asian region was 46.0 mmt, a rise of 15.2% on March 2004. Asian crude steel production is 131.1 mmt for the first quarter of 2005, a rise of 13.8% compared to 2004.

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