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April, May show pick-up in steel consumption

Consumption of finished steel has increased by 4.2% on a year-on-year basis to 13.8 million tonnes

Ishita Ayan Dutt  |  Kolkata 

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Crude steel output in the first two months grew by 4.5 per cent to 16.4 million tonnes.

consumption has picked up marginally in the first two months of the financial year.
 
According to the Joint Plant Committee data, the consumption of finished has increased by 4.2 per cent on a year-on-year basis to 13.8 million tonnes during the period April-May. As far as non-alloy is concerned, it's higher by 5.4 per cent at 12.7 million tonnes.

 
India’s consumption of finished in April-March 2016-17 grew three per cent to 83.93 million tonnes over last year. However, growth in non-alloy was higher at around 4 per cent.
 
Sushim Banerjee, director general, Institute for Development and Growth, said there was some pick-up in construction and auto sales were growing steadily. He, however, said last year the base was very low.
 
producers pointed out that the improvement in demand did not translate into higher prices. In April prices were reduced and in May prices were rolled over.
 
According to CARE Ratings, however, the demand was expected to revive in this financial year. "The that remained positive for the first two months of the current financial year is expected to continue. This will be backed by various initiatives undertaken by the government. The recent approval by the Union Cabinet for National Policy is an indication of the government's support towards the industry," said in a report.
 
expects to grow by 8-10 per cent during 2017-18.
 
Crude in the first two months grew by 4.5 per cent to 16.4 million tonnes. “An expected improvement in the pace of construction and infrastructure in the country will also support production,” the report said.
 
Last financial year, producers depended primarily on as the Indian market was muted. The export of finished was up by 102.1 per cent to 8.244 million tonnes over the same period last year.
 
That trend continued in the first two months of the year as well. The export of finished was up by 102 per cent in April-May 2017.

First Published: Fri, June 16 2017. 01:58 IST
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