Worldwide steel production was 143.3 million tonnes in February 2020, up from 139.41 million tonnes in the same month of 2019.
Despite the spread of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), production from Chinese mills gained steam in February, rising 5% year on year to 74.77 million tonnes from 71.23 million tonnes in February 2019.
Japanese crude steel production built on the upward momentum exhibited in January
, with output rising 2.2% year on year to 7.92 million tonnes in February.
India also raised output in February after a year-on-year decline in January. Indian mills produced 9.56 million tonnes in February, up by 1.5% year on year.
The only major Asian steelmaking nation to record a decline was Taiwan, according to Worldsteel data,...