French crude steel output down 1.8 percent in April
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According to the latest data regarding crude steel production in France released by the French Steel Federation (FFA), in April this year French crude steel production amounted to 1.42 million metric tons, down by 1.8 percent year on year and down four percent month on month.
In April, steel production in France using electric arc furnaces (EAF) fell 3.2 percent year on year, amounting to 567,200 mt, while steel production with blast furnace (BF) technology totaled 852,900 mt, decreasing by 0.9 percent year on year.
Meanwhile, in the first four months of the current year, France's crude steel production amounted to 5,568,600 mt, increasing 5.4 percent compared to the same period last year. In the given period, steel production in France using electric arc furnaces (EAF) rose 7.5 percent year on year, reaching 2,243,000 mt, while steel production with blast furnace (BF) technology totaled 3,325,600 mt, increasing by four percent year on year.
The FFA also noted that domestic crude steel production in the first four month of the current was still 14.6 percent below the January-April 2008 production figure.