Source: Scrap Monster
The blast furnace iron (BFI) output by the world countries totaled 101.884 million tonnes (Mt) in the opening month of 2019. The above production data was published by the World Steel Association (worldsteel) based on data compiled from 38 countries reporting to it, which accounted for nearly 99% of the total world blast furnace iron production in 2017.
The Asian region accounted for bulk of the BFI output during the month. The region produced 80.107 Mt, accounting for approximately 79% share of global production. China was the largest producer in the region with an output of 62.426 Mt. India produced 6.315 Mt during the month, to become the second largest producer in the region. The BFI output by Japan totaled 6.043 Mt. The other primary producers of BFI in the Asian region were South Korea (4.014 Mt) and Taiwan (1.310 Mt).
The North American BFI output totaled 3.020 Mt. The US output totaled 2.120 Mt during the month. The Canadian production stood at 530,000 tonnes, followed by Mexico with 370,000 tonnes. The production by the South American region region totaled 2.674 Mt. Brazil’s production at 2.431 Mt, accounted for nearly 91% of the regional production during the month. The other major BFI producers were Argentina (170,000 tonnes), Chile (50,000 tonnes) and Colombia (20,000 tonnes).
The EU-28 region recorded an output of 7.794 Mt in January this year. The CIS region reported total output of 6.189 Mt. The monthly BFI output by the Oceania region totaled 385,000 tonnes, worldsteel data said.