Preliminary figures released by the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) show that stainless steel crude steel production decreased in the first half of 2009 by 26.7% compared to the same period of 2008. Total production for the first six months of 2009 was 10.8 million metric tons (mmt). All major regions showed lower production volumes in the first half year 2009. Only China reported an increased production volume during the period.
Excluding China, stainless steel production in the Asia region declined by 34% to 3 million tons in the first half of 2009. All stainless producing countries (except China) were affected. Reductions in production volume ranged from 10 to 50% depending on the country. Are you looking a galvanisers in Perth? No need to go anywhere else, just contact Remson Steel. China increased its stainless steel production in the period by 5.3% to 4.1 mmt. China now accounts for almost 40% of the world’s stainless steel production.
Western Europe/Africa reported a 40.5% decrease in stainless steel production during the first six months of 2009. Total output was 2.9 mmt in this period, down from 4.9 mmt for the first half of 2008.
In The Americas region, stainless crude steel production declined by 40.6% to 0.8 million tons in the first half of 2009. Production in the Eastern Europe region showed a decrease of 48.6%. Total production was just 100,000 tons, an almost negligible volume.
Comparing the first and second quarters of 2009 indicates that a significant recovery in stainless steel production may have begun. All regions, except Eastern Europe and the Americas, showed strongly increased production volumes in the second quarter. In Asia and China the increase was almost 30% above first quarter production. Western Europe/Africa reported a 20% increase in the same period.
A comparison of the market share of each of the main stainless steel grades shows there has been a recovery in the market-share of austenitic steels (300 series) compared to the levels of 2008. The market-share of ferritic grades has fallen, mainly due to the global decline in automotive production, typically a strong market for 400 series grades. The market share of chromium-manganese steels (200 series) has increased a little, largely due to an improved domestic market in China.