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INSIGHT - World Crude Steel Production - (via) CN65

Released on 2012-02-29 14:00 GMT

Email-ID 1100512
Date 2011-01-24 20:22:32
**Report sent by CN65

SOURCE: CN65 (via CN65)
ATTRIBUTION: Australian contact connected with the government and
natural resources
SOURCE DESCRIPTION: Former Australian Senator working in PNG

World Crude Steel Production

The Latest data from The World Steel Association shows a 1% decline in
crude steel production in December 2010 on the previous month total was
116.2 Mt,
which was however 8.4 Mt higher than in the same month in 2009.

I think this fairly suggests that the Global recovery since The GFC is
on track and it is not 'just' China.

Total global crude steel production in 2010 was 1,395.5 Mt, 15% higher
in the previous year which is a big number except for the fact that the
GFC forced a very significant reduction pretty much everywhere
'except for China'

Month-on-month increases were seen in the majority of steel producing
regions including the US (+0.3 Mt to 6.7 Mt), China (+1.4 Mt to 51.5
Mt) and Japan (+0.2 Mt to 9.2 Mt). However in the EU, production fell
from the previous month (-1.7 to 13.0 Mt).

German Imports of Iron Ore Drop to 3.46 Mt in November German imports of
iron ore dropped 17% month-on-month in November to 3.46 Mt BUT this took
the January to November 2010 total in German to 39.48 Mt, 10.66 Mt higher
that in the same period of 2009 when Germany and others were still
recovering from The GFC.

Obviously as WW steel production continues to increase then demand
for Ore and Coking coal remains strong and continues to expand 'ahead'
of Physical supply and therefore keeps these commodity prices trending
higher at a time when total DWCC for its carriage continues to
grow ahead of Physical export volumes which forces dry bulk freight
rates to trend lower, even with extraordinary factors of Congestion
(and slow steaming) and additional tonne miles through longer haul
which fo however reduce DWCC availability.

Having said this, I still say 'watch out' for a significant recovery in
druy bulk rates 'led by capers' then flowing down into Panamax resp
Supramax sizes once the current unsustainably low levels have been
rationailsed by this market and DWCC supply having been redistributed
(Including layups - especially Capers) and the equation reset in Owners
favour, albeit that any bounce will be relatively short lived and have
a limited upside for Capers, panamax, Supramax, high/lows for Handies
remaining relatively stable for reasons previously explained.

Jennifer Richmond
China Director
Director of International Projects
(512) 422-9335