EUROFER calls on the Members of the Global Forum on Steel Excess Capacity to agree on a continuation of the forum’s mandate beyond November 2019. Continued international work on excess capacity and related government support measures would contribute to the sustainability of our global industry. Beyond steel, it could effectively contribute to increased transparency and improved disciplines in government trade and industry policies, establishing a genuine international level playing field for industries.
First quarter 2023 report. Data up to, and including, third quarter 2022
Brussels, 02 February 2023 – All downside factors that have materialised in the first half of last year have persisted, continuing to impact the European steel market. Apparent steel consumption is forecast to see a deeper-than-expected drop of -4.6% for 2022 (previously set at -3.5%). The outlook for 2023 also remains negative (-1.6%), paving the way for the fourth steel demand recession in five years. A modest recovery will be in sight in 2024 (+1.6%), though subject to high uncertainty. Despite a more general resilience of the EU economy, in the third quarter of 2022 apparent steel consumption reached its lowest level after the pandemic.