Crude steel output rise 4.6% in 1st quarter

27 April 2017

CHINA’S crude steel output grew 4.6 percent year on year to 201.1 million tons in the first quarter of 2017, an industry association said yesterday.

In the first three months, China’s steel exports fell 25 percent year on year to 20.73 million tons, the China Iron and Steel Association said in a press release.

Steel exports to the United States plunged 51.76 percent annually in 2016 to 1.17 million tons, accounting for 1.08 percent of China’s total steel exports.

Wang Yingsheng, deputy secretary-general of the association, said the US investigation on steel imports would not exert much influence on China’s steel industry.

In the first quarter, sales of China’s steel companies rose more than 40 percent year on year to 839.3 billion yuan (US$122 billion).

China’s oversupplied steel sector has experienced years of plunging prices and factory shutdowns due to a sluggish economy. However, with an upward trend in prices since the start of 2016, many steel mills are resuming production.

China has reiterated that cutting overcapacity is high on its reform agenda in 2017 as excess capacity in sectors such as steel and coal has weighed on the country’s economic performance.