According to the report, in 2007, the crude steel output of 67 major steel-producing countries and regions was 1.3 billion tons, an increase of 7.5%. This is the fifth consecutive year of more than 7 percent growth. Among major steel-producing countries, China’s output of 489 million tons – an increase of 15.7% - still makes China the world’s largest producer of crude steel. Japan ranks second with 120 million tons, followed by the United States with 97.2 million tons. Russia, India, South Korea, Germany, Ukraine, Brazil and Italy are also among the ranks.
China’s steel output is not only the world’s first, but also yields more than the sum of the output of the world’s second to eighth largest outputs, making up 36.4% of the world’s production. Since 2004, it has shown an increasing trend: 26.2% in 2004, 31% in 2005, and 31% in 2006. It is worth noting that global steel output growth is slowing: the current growth rate of 7.5% is lower than the 8.8% in 2006. China’s growth rate of 15.7% in 2007 was also lower than that in 2006 (18.8%) and 2005 (26.8%). While China’s steel production growth, in the second half of 2007, was slower than in the first half of the year but China’s steel output growth remained healthy. Source: IISI & CNA