A Review of the Current Global Steel Market

Steel RollThe global demand for steel has fallen sharply except China. Due to the crash in residential and commercial real estate, demand for steel is low. Another reason is the slump in automobile production in developed world. China continues to show strong demand for steel due to the many public infrastructure projects under construction there. However China also is a major producer of steel as well. Overall production capacity continues to rise while demand shows no sign of revival.

This post contains a few interesting charts from a presentation at the OECD 66th Steel Committee Meeting, Paris, in June  this year and PowerPoint decks presented by participants from Latin America, Japan, North America, China and the EU.

Global Steel Output Growth


Global Steel Demand


Steel Consumption – U.S. Vs. China

Steel Consumption- U.S.-Vs.-China

Global Steel Production


Source:  OECD – Trends in the global steel market, 66thSteel Committee Meeting, Paris, June 2009

The consumption of steel in China is  strong which confirms the infrastructure spending by the economic stimulus program. Despite the U.S. stimulus allocating a sizable portion to infrastructure improvement it has not translated into higher demand for steel.


Worlds Top Steel Producers From 1970 To 2011 (pdf)

Click on the following links to download the appropriate presentation in pdf:

Trends in the Global Steel Market

The Recent Development of Steel Industry in China

Current Situation of Steel Supply and Demand in Japan

North American Steel Industry – Recent Market Developments, Future Prospects and Key Challenges

EU Economic and Steel Market Outlook

Latin American Steel Market

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