Monthly production data published by the World Steel Association (worldsteel) show a marked decline in crude steel production in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) region in June this year. The regional issue reported a 5% decline from the previous year. Production volume was 7.949 million tonnes per month, up from 8.367 million tonnes in June 2019.
Russia was the leading steel producer in the region. Production in Russia was 5,600 tonnes, down 7.6% from 6,058 tonnes in June last year. On the contrary, production in Ukraine increased by 9.0% from 1.659 million to 1.809 million tons. Kazakhstan, the third largest regional steel producer, cut production by about 30% on an annualized basis. The monthly production of crude steel in other countries in the region is as follows: Belarus (210,000 tons), Uzbekistan (75,000 tons) and Moldova (20,000 tons).