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Steel News March 27, 2020 04:30:24 PM

World Steel Association Reported 4% Dip in African Steel Output

Paul Ploumis
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The primary steel producer in the region was Egypt.
World Steel Association Reported 4% Dip in African Steel Output

SEATTLE (Scrap Monster):  The World Steel Association (worldsteel) announced that crude steel production by African countries recorded 4.1% in February this year. This is when world crude steel production surged higher by 2.8%.

The monthly crude steel output by countries in the African region totalled 1.211 million tonnes (Mt) in February 2020. This compares with the production of 1.263 Mt in February last year.

The primary steel producer in the region was Egypt. The country accounted for almost 64% of the regional output. The Egyptian steel output recorded substantial surge of 12.8% over the previous year. Libya, with monthly output of 67,000 tonnes, was the second largest steel producer in the region. Libyan output too was up by 38% year-on-year. On the other hand, South African production declined 30% from 528,000 tonnes in February 2019 to 370,000 tonnes in February this year.

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The Jan-Feb ’20 output totalled 2.445 Mt, which is significantly lower by 3.6% from the same period a year before. The production had totalled 2.535 Mt in Jan-Feb ’19. The primary producers were Egypt (1.545 Mt), Libya (132,000 tonnes) and South Africa (768,000 tonnes). The increased output by Egypt and Libya was more than offset by production decline in South Africa.