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.

Raw Materials

The steel industry in Germany, 2015

steel-industry-in-germany-2015As a raw-material-intensive sector, the steel industry is dependent on a reliable and reasonably priced supply of raw materials. 89,1 million tonnes of raw materials were used for steel production in Germany in 2015. Thus two tonnes of raw materials are required for the production of one tonne of steel.

Import dependency of the steel industry for selected raw materials, 2015

importabhaengigkeit2015_englWhile there is complete dependency on imports for almost all raw materials, Germany is a net exporter (i.e. exports more than it imports) of scrap steel, the second most important input material in quantity terms.

Proportion of scrap in total crude steel production in Germany

201403_Share_Scrap_Crude_Steel_Production_GermanyThe recyclability of steel is the main environmental policy argument for the material. Steel can be re-used again and again with any loss of quality. Almost half of the steel produced in Germany is made by melting scrap.

Foreign trade in scrap steel, Germany

As a result of its unique recycling network Germany is a net exporter of scrap steel. The material flow has increased significantly since 2005. About 4 million tonnes of scrap were withdrawn from the market in 2016.