On February 3, according to preliminary statistics, the world steel association latest global crude steel production in 2019 reached 1.8699 billion tons, up 3.4% from a year earlier. In 2019, in addition to the Asia and the Middle East, crude steel output decreased compared to the other region. 2019 Asian crude steel output of 1.3416 billion tons, up 5.7% from a year earlier. In 2019 China's crude steel output of 996.3 million tons, up 8.3% from a year earlier. China's share of global crude steel production rose from 50.9% in 2018 to 53.3% in 2019.