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International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) reports that global stainless crude steel production increased by 5.5% for the first 9 months of 2013 y–o–y. Production for the 3rd quarter 2013 was at 9.3 mmt, a..

04 Feb 2014

BRUSSELS (Commodity Online): International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF), in its preliminary report, shows that global stainless crude steel production increased by 5.5% for the first 9 months of 2013 y–o–y. Production for the first nine months of 2013 totalled 28 million metric tons (mmt), up 1.4 mmt in comparison to the same period of 2012. Production for the 3rd quarter 2013 was at 9.3 mmt, a new all–time 3rd quarter high. However significant differences in regional development prevail.

Asia excluding China recorded a stainless crude steel production of 6.5 mmt during quarters 1–3 of 2013 corresponding to a y–o–y decrease of -1.4%. The development of this region shows a mixed picture ranging from +5% (India) to -6% (Taiwan, China). In the PR of China stainless steel production increased by 1.9 mmt or +15.7% to 13.7 mmt during the first nine months in comparison to 2012. China now accounts for roughly half of global production.

The development of Western Europe/Africa was distinctly different with a y–o–y decrease of -5.6% (-0.336 mmt) and a total stainless steel production of 5.7 mmt for the first 9 months of 2013. Here too the development is heterogeneous fluctuating from +1 to +3% in Belgium and France to double digit negative values in Italy and Germany with the UK trailing behind at -15%.

Stainless steel production in the Americas for the first 3 quarters of 2013 is stable in comparison to last year at 1.8 mmt with an upward trend during this period. Central and Eastern Europe display a strong growth at +8% and 0.30 mmt, up from 0.27 mmt.

Q3 of 2013 was stronger than Q2 thus not following the usual seasonal pattern. In the face of regional economic developments which in general show a strong Q2 and weaker Q3 this is most likely a singular quarter on quarter compensational effect. Western Europe/Africa and Central and Eastern Europe are the exceptions displaying the usual seasonal downturn.

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