China produced more steel than the rest of the world in the first half of 2017

Chinese labourers work at an unauthorised steel factory in Inner Mongolia, China, in 2016. Photo: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

When it comes to steel production, no nation compares to China.

In the first six months of the year it produced a whopping 419.745 million tonnes of crude steel, according to data from the World Steel Association (worldsteel), more than all other nations combined over the same period.

This chart from worldsteel show’s China’s dominant position in the marketplace.

Source: worlsteel

Globally, 836 million tonnes of crude steel was produced globally in the first half of the year, up 4.5% on the same period a year earlier.

In June alone China produced 73.2 million tonnes of crude steel, the largest monthly total on record. That was up 5.7% on the levels produced in June 2016.

Of the other 66 nations tracked by worldsteel, production levels totalled 67.8 million tonnes, up 0.7% from a year earlier.

Total production globally stood at 141 million tonnes, down fractionally on the record high of 143.2 million tonnes produced a month earlier.