Japanese crude steel output down 0.3 percent in 2018

Wednesday, 23 January 2019 15:38:33 (GMT+3)   |   Istanbul
       

In December last year, Japanese crude steel production was down by 2.9 percent compared to the previous month and fell by 2.2 percent compared to December 2017, totaling 8.47 million mt, according to the data released by the Japan Iron and Steel Federation (JISF).

Meanwhile, in December 2018 Japan's pig iron production totaled 6.18 million metric tons, decreasing by 2.2 percent compared to the previous month and declining by six percent year on year.

In 2018, the country's pig iron output stood at 77.33 million metric tons, down 1.3 percent, while its crude steel production came to 104.33 million metric tons, falling by 0.3 percent, both on year-on-year basis.

The production volume of some steel products in Japan can be seen in the chart below:

Product

December 2018 (mt)

M-o-m change (%)

Y-o-y change (%)

Hot rolled section

475,300

-2

-0.6

Bar

769,900

-5.8

4.7

Wire rod

142,500

5.5

-0.34

Heavy plate

926,300

6.9

22.5

Hot rolled wide strip

3,324,000

-1.9

-7.6

Cold rolled wide strip

1,486,900

-0.3

2.6

Galvanized sheet

877,600

-0.6

2.2

Welded pipe

335,500

-9.7

-0.4


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