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India's August steel output grows 5.2%; world average is just 1.4%

India's steel production growth rate far outstripped the world average in August, clocking a 5.2 per cent jump in August to 7.02 million tonnes (mt). According to the World Steel Association (WSA), global production rose by an average of 1.4 per cent in August to stand at 135 mt compared to the same month a year ago. While India's steel output growth was spectacular mainly due to higher production by major producers, the global average remained subdued during the month primarily because of relatively lower production by China, the world's largest producer. Even in July, Chinese steel production grew by 1.5 per cent.

Reporting a mere 1 per cent growth, China produced 69 mt steel in August this year compared to 68.2 mt in the same month a year ago, World Steel Association data revealed. However, for the January-August period, the global average of growth in steel production looked better at 2.4 per cent against India's average of 1.8 per cent.

During the eight-month period, world steel production rose to 1,096 mt compared to India's production of around 56 mt. China produced 550 mt steel during the period. At the end of the eight months of current year, India's position remained static among major steel producing nations at the fourth slot, preceded by China, Japan and the United States. For the last four years, India's position in the world steel order remain constant at the fourth slot.

China's production growth rate during the first eight months was the highest at 2.6 per cent among the main steel producing nations.
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