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Crude Steel Output by African Nations Surged 13%

Author:Zhengyang MachineryTimes:2019-04-03
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The crude steel production by African region recorded notable jump during the month of February this year. The combined output during the initial two months of the year too was up considerably over the previous year.
 
According to recent crude steel production statistics published by the World Steel Association (worldsteel), the African region recorded total monthly production of 1.263 million tonnes (Mt) in February 2019. This is considerably higher by 12.6% when compared with the previous year. The African crude steel output had totaled 1.122 Mt in February 2018.
 
Egypt, the largest regional steel producer reported increased output during the month. The Egyptian crude steel output totaled around 686,000 tonnes, accounting for more than 54% of the total regional output. The country’s output surged higher by 17.8% over the previous year. Egypt’s production had totaled 583,000 tonnes in February last year.
 
South Africa, with a monthly output of 528,000 tonnes, continued to be the second leading producer in the region. Meantime, Libyan output totaled 48,000 tonnes. The output by South Africa and Libya were up by 7.5% and 1.5% respectively, over the previous year.
 
The combined output by the African region during the first two months of the year totaled 2.535 Mt, higher by 5.1% when compared with the output of 2.412 Mt during the corresponding two-month period in 2018. The leading producers were Egypt (1.408 Mt), South Africa (1.050 Mt) and Libya (77,000 tonnes). The production increases in Egypt was partially offset by decline in steel output in Libya and South Africa.
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