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.