Rolled steel

In January-November, French steelmakers reduced steel production by 11.6% y/y

In November 2022, steel enterprises of France reduced steel production by 6.2% compared to September 2022 – to 910 thousand tons. This is evidenced by WorldSteel Association’s data.

Compared to November 2021, steel production in France in November 2022 decreased by 20.9%.

In January-November 2022, French steelmakers produced 11.45 million tons of steel. This is 11.6% less compared to the same period in 2021.

In 2021, France increased steel production by 20.3% compared to 2020 – up to 13.9 million tons. Thus, the country took 17th place in the WorldSteel global ranking of steel producers.

In general, steel production in the countries of the European Union in November 2022 fell by 17.9% compared to November last year – to 10.5 million tons. In January-November 2022, the indicator decreased by 10.1% y/y – to 127.4 million tons.

As GMK Center reported earlier, European steelmakers are massively reducing or stopping production against the background of rising electricity tariffs. At the same time, the European market is filled with imported steel products, which attract consumers by lower prices than local ones. Countries that supply cheap steel to the EU market do not pay emissions taxes and receive cheaper electricity than European producers. Because of this, the demand for European rolled steel fell, and production costs rose sharply.

According to Fastmarkets, since September 2022, about 14-15 million tons of annual steel capacities have already been stopped in Europe. Suspended French steel companies include two steel mills of Ascometal Swiss Steel and reduced plant capacity of ArcelorMittal Dunkerque. In total, ArcelorMittal, Europe’s leading steelmaker, has already stopped about 7 million tons of annual capacity.