Further Information


Dipl.-Ing. oec.
Gabriela Stramka


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Here you will find the main data and facts on all aspects of steel and the steel industry at a glance – in the following reports:

We recommend the Statistische Jahrbuch der Stahlindustrie, published by the German Steel Federation, as a detailed reference work for data and facts on the steel industry. It appears in October every year and provides the most important figures on the steel industry for the previous year and the reference years.

Please contact gabriela.stramka@stahl-zentrum.de if, after publication of the Statistical Yearbook, you require an updating of some statistics for the current year.

International Steel Markets

The 15 largest steel groups, 2016

Globalisation has greatly changed the world steel industry during recent years and has led to new corporate dimensions. Whereby the Asian countries provided major stimuli. ArcelorMittal, which also produces steel at four sites in Germany, is the world’s largest steel group.

World crude steel production by region

After China, the EU is the world’s second-largest steel producer. The five largest steel regions represent about 80% of global steel production.

World crude steel production, 2016 and 2017

World steel production is 1690 m. tonnes in 2017. The biggest crude steel producer was China once more.

World Production 1970/2018

In quantity terms, steel is by far the most important material of all the substitutes listed opposite, and has actually gained in importance during the last 30 years. This is despite the fact that technical progress has led to a fall in the relative steel content of steel-containing goods, representing extraordinary performance in the competition with substitutes. The steel industry has developed from a supplier of an input material to a partner of many steel processors, and a supplier of high-tech products and tailor-made components. In addition, production in highly efficient (and thus economical) plants ensures consistently competitive prices.

Worldwide market supply with finished products

With a market share of 65%, Asia was the world’s largest market for steel finished products in 2016. China alone was responsible for 45% of the world market. Europe (without the CIS) is the world’s second-largest market – with a market share of 13% (EU 28 alone: 10%), followed by America with 12%.