China’s crude steel output in November fell 6% from October to 77.62 million mt, but rose 10.8% on the year, data released by the National Bureau of Statistics on Friday showed. The annual growth rate was also up from 9.1% in October.
The drop in November’s crude steel production was a result of winter output cuts, which started on November 15 in northern and eastern China in a bid to cope with air pollution.
Over January-November, China’s crude steel output totaled 857.37 million mt, up 6.7% on the year.
Meanwhile, China’s pig iron output increased 9.9% on the year to 63.73 million mt in November, though it fell 5.9% from October.
During January-November, pig iron output totaled 707.85 million mt, up 2.4% on the year.