POSCO relegated to 5th place in global steel production ranking

SEOUL-- POSCO, South Korea's biggest steelmaker, suffered a dip in its global standing by coming in as the fifth-largest steel-producing firm, largely due to the merger of two Chinese players, industry data showed Wednesday.

The data from the World Steel Association showed the Pohang-based company produced 41.56 million tons of crude steel in 2016. This caused its ranking to move down one notch from fourth place in the previous year.

The downgrade in the ranking is due to China's Wuhan Iron and Steel, and the Shanghai-based Baosteel joining hands, data showed.

ArcelorMittal, headquartered in Luxembourg, maintained its top position with 95.45 million tons of production, followed by China's newly merged entity, which produced 63.81 million tons of crude steel, and China's Hebei Iron & Steel Group, which produced 46.18 million tons, the latest findings showed.

Hyundai Steel Co., South Korea's No 2 steelmaker, ranked 13th by producing 20.9 million tons.

The global crude steel production reached 1.63 billion tons in 2016 from 1.62 billion tons a year earlier.

China's output, totaling 800 million tons, accounted for about half of the world's production. South Korea ranked sixth with 68.6 million tons produced, they showed.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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