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World crude steel production for the 64 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel)


was 148.3


tonnes (Mt) in March 2018, a 4.0% increase compared to March 2017.


World crude steel production was 426.6 Mt in the first three months of 2018, up by 4.1% compared to the same period in 2017. Asia produced 294.1 Mt of crude steel, an increase of 4.6% over the first quarter of 2017. The EU produced 43.1 Mt of crude steel in the first quarter of 2018, up by 0.9% compared to the same quarter of 2017. North America’s crude steel production in the first three months of 2018 was 29.5 Mt, an increase of 1.9% compared to the first quarter of 2017.


China’s crude steel production for March 2018 was 74.0 Mt, an increase of 4.5% compared to March 2017. India produced 9.2 Mt of crude steel in March 2018, up 5.3% on March 2017. Japan produced 9.1 Mt of crude steel in March 2018, an increase of 2.2% compared to March 2017. South Korea’s crude steel production was 6.1 Mt in March 2018, an increase of 4.7% on March 2017.


In the EU, Italy produced 2.3 Mt of crude steel, up by 1.0% on March 2017. France produced 1.4 Mt of crude steel, up by 1.5% compared to March 2017. Spain produced 1.3 Mt of crude steel, down by 4.1% on March 2017.


Turkey’s crude steel production for March 2018 was 3.4 Mt, up by 7.6% on March 2017.


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MARCH 2018 CRUDE STEEL PRODUCTION FOR THE 64 COUNTRIES REPORTING TO WORLDSTEEL World steel capacity utilisation


100 million 90 % capacity utilisation 80 74.4 70 70.0 69.3 70.3 71.5 72.3 67.7 72.4 74.0 72.9 72.7 73.9 72.7 70.8 72.6 73.6 74.5 69.2


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The US produced 7.3 Mt of crude steel in March 2018, an increase of 5.3% compared to March 2017.


Brazil’s crude steel production for March 2018 was 3.1 Mt, up by 7.6% on March 2017.


The crude steel capacity utilisation ratio of the 64 countries in March 2018 was 74.5%. This is 2.2 percentage points higher than March 2017. Compared to February 2018, it is 0.9 percentage points higher.


INCREASED WORKLOAD


LEADS TO DOUBLE SHIFTING AT TRENT REFRACTORIES


Due to a significant take up on recent orders for the Trent Refractories range of Monolithic products they have now moved to a two-shift system in the manufacturing facility. Growth has been seen in precast products and refractory bricks, but the biggest uptake has been in their range of monolithics including conventional castables, castables,


low lightweight


cement castables, castables,


materials, backfill materials, gunning materials and joining cement.


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Made at the facility in Scunthorpe they blend and bag all of their products in-house. The main products are very highly regarded in the industry as giving excellent performance and value in use. Trent Refractories have long established relationships with trusted suppliers and feel this contributes to their successes. They have a range of monolithics to suit almost any application. Trent Refractories are also able to develop mixes using a team of experienced technical staff and external R&D support.


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