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Global crude steel production reached 1220 million ton in 2009, a decline of 8 per cent over 2008. China was the largest crude steel producer in the world with production reaching 567.8 million tons, a growth of 13.5 per cent over 2008. India once again emerged as the fifth largest producer in 2009 and recorded a growth of 2.7 per cent as compared to 2008, the only other country in the top 10 bracket to register a positive growth during 2009. India also emerged as the largest sponge iron producing country in the world in 2009, a rank it has held on since 2002.

The Top Ten Steel Producing countries are listed below:

World Crude Steel Production in 2009*
Rank Country Production (Million Tonnes)
1 China 567.8
2 Japan 87.5
3 Russia 59.9
4 USA 58.1
5 India 56.6
6 South Korea 48.6
7 Germany 32.7
8 Ukraine 29.8
9 Brazil 26.5
10 Turkey 25.3
Source: World Steel Association
* - Provisional

(Source: Ministry of Steel, GOI, Annual Report 2009-10)