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About our statistics

Monthly production data
worldsteel publishes monthly production statistics for crude steel, direct reduced iron (DRI) and blast furnace iron (BFI). This page explains how these statistics are collected and reported.

Crude steel, DRI and BFI production statistics for 64 countries are published every month in this section of on. The number of countries reporting may slightly vary.

worldsteel has several sources for the data, including worldsteel member companies, national statistics offices and regional steel industry associations. The economics team at worldsteel collects and compiles the data.

Updates and revisions
The current year's production statistics tables on are updated every month. In any given month, several countries’ data will be estimated due to the cut-off date for publication. Not all the reporting institutions can consistently provide the latest monthly figures before the 20th. Estimates are marked (e) in the statistics tables.

The reporting institutions frequently update their statistics. It is common for countries and companies to adjust production figures throughout the year. worldsteel does not provide a daily update of the latest figures. The tables shown on are a ‘snapshot’ of the production statistics as they have been reported at the time of issue, plus any revisions.

The tables do not show a running total. However, in January, an 'annual total' figure is published. This total is not the sum of the monthly statistics from January to December because the annual figure is calculated by the reporting institution, including any numbers that may have been changed at source, but not published on

Not all steel-producing countries are represented in the monthly table. There are around 65 countries that report their production statistics on a monthly basis and approximately 30 that report only annual figures. Further countries issue quarterly statistics, from which monthly figures are estimated.

Monthly press release and Short Range Outlook
Every month, worldsteel releases crude steel and iron production figures for 65 countries. This number may slightly vary depending on the number of countries submitting their data.The monthly press release also contains a graph of the global steel capacity utilisation ratio comparing current data with the same month of the previous year.

In April and October, worldsteel announces its Short Range Outlook (SRO), a forecast for steel demand (finished steel). The April SRO looks seven quarters ahead and the October SRO, which is announced at worldsteel's General Assembly, looks five quarters ahead.

The most recent SRO and monthly crude steel press releases are published on this website.


The annual Steel Statisical Yearbook presents a cross-section of steel industry statistics. It contains comprehensive statistics on crude steel production by process, steel production by product, steel trade by product, apparent steel use, trade and production of iron ore.

Monthly production 2018/2017

The World Steel Association (worldsteel) currently collects crude steel production data from 64 countries. These countries accounted for approximately 99% of total world crude steel production in 2017.

worldsteel collects blast furnace iron production (BFI) from 38 countries. These 38 countries accounted for approximately 99% of total world blast furnace iron production in 2017. Twelve countries also report their direct reduced iron production (DRI) production on a monthly basis. These 12 countries accounted for approximately 85 % of total world direct reduced iron production in 2017.