French crude steel output up 2.4 percent in 2011
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According to the latest data regarding crude steel production in France released by the French Steel Federation (FFA), in December last year French crude steel production amounted to 1,107,700 metric tons, down by 1.5 percent year on year and 17.62 percent month month.
In December, steel production in France using electric arc furnaces (EAF) rose 6.7 percent year on year, amounting to 368,100 mt, while steel production with blast furnace (BF) technology totaled 739,550 mt, increasing by 1.3 percent year on year.
Meanwhile, in the whole of 2011 France's crude steel production reached 15,777,750 mt, increasing by 2.4 percent compared to 2010. Last year, steel production in France using electric arc furnaces (EAF) rose 9.4 percent year on year, reaching 6,125,750 mt, while steel production with blast furnace (BF) technology totaled 9,652,000 mt, declining by 1.6 percent year on year.
The FFA also noted that domestic crude steel production in 2011 was still 18 percent below the production figures for the pre-crisis year of 2007.