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Global Blast Furnace Pig Iron And Direct Reduced Iron Production In The First Three Quarters Fell Year-On-Year

According to the World Steel Association, in the first three quarters of 2020, 38 countries and regions produced 967 million tons of blast furnace pig iron, down 2.1% year-on-year, including 109 million tons in September, up 1.6. In 2018, these 38 countries and regions accounted for 99% of global blast furnace pig iron production.

In the first three quarters, direct reduced iron production in 12 countries was 61.985 million tons

In the first three quarters, 12 countries produced 61.985 million tons of direct reduced iron, down 10.1% year-on-year, including 6.843 million tons in September, down 10.4% year-on-year.In 2018, these 12 countries accounted for about 85% of global direct reduced iron production.

In the first three quarters, the largest country in direct reduced iron production was still India

In the first three quarters, the largest country in terms of direct reduced iron production remained India with 23.605 million tons, down 13.0% year-on-year, including 2.785 million tons in September, down 3.2% year-on-year. In the first three quarters, Iran’s direct reduced iron production was second only to India at 22.187 million tons, up 5.2% year-on-year, the largest increase in production among the 12 countries, however, its production in September is estimated to have dropped 12.9% year-on-year to 2.3 million tons. Egypt is one of the two countries other than Iran that achieved growth in direct reduced iron production in the first three quarters, with production up 1.4% year-on-year to 3.776 million tons and up a whopping 110.4% to 331,000 tons in September.

Global Blast Furnace Pig Iron And Direct Reduced Iron Production In The First Three Quarters Fell Year-On-Year

The largest decline in direct reduced iron production in the first three quarters was in South Africa

In the first three quarters, the largest decline in direct reduced iron production was in South Africa, with only 120,000 tons, down 79.7% year-on-year, including an estimated 21,000 tons in September, down 24.8% year-on-year. In the first three quarters, Qatar’s direct reduced iron production fell 63.8% year-on-year to 638,000 tons, including production of 47,000 tons in September, down 79.2% year-on-year. In the first three quarters, Argentina’s direct reduced iron production fell 55.4% year-on-year to 358,000 tons, including production of 13,000 tons in September, down 89.8% year-on-year. In the first three quarters, Venezuela’s direct reduced iron production was 219,000 tons, down 36.2% year-on-year, including production in September estimated at 20,000 tons, down 29.3% year-on-year. In the first three quarters, Canada’s direct reduced iron production was 766,000 tons, down 32.1% year-on-year, including production of 121,000 tons in September, down 17.3% year-on-year. In addition, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, the United Arab Emirates and Libya produced 3.906 million tons, 3.742 million tons, 214,900 tons and 519,000 tons, down 13.4%, 16.8%, 21.2% and 13.9% year-on-year, respectively.