Platts, a provider of metals, petrochemicals and global energy information, has announced that the Platts SBB China Top 100 Steel Making Companies & Iron Ore Reserves Map edition for this year has been released. This map provides a comprehensive snapshot of the steel industry as of 2011 end and offers an update on the top 100 firms.
Considering the important structural changes in the steel industry of China during last year, the seventh edition of the map provides details on the ownership and steel products manufactured by the 198 mills. The two key methods for production are distinguished by colors. Iron ore is utilized as a base raw material in blast furnace-basic oxygen furnace (BF-BOF) and scrap is used as a base material in electric arc furnace (EAF).
Color coding in the map provides a quick glance of the geological distribution of EAF steel producers to viewers and shows the level of these producers situated in the Yangtze River Delta area. Charts demonstrating the 10 largest and fastest growing provinces by GDP during 2011 and monthly costs of hot-rolled coil and reinforcing bar between March 2011 and 2012 are included in the map, which also shows iron ore reserves in China by size.
In addition, this year’s edition offers information about 10 steel mills with yearly production of below 1 MMT and features 28 recent steel mills, majority of them situated in inland provinces of China. The map contains other significant data such as:
- Production of pig iron and crude steel in China from 2002 till 2011
- Production and apparent usage of crude steel in China from 2004 till 2011
- Imports and exports of finished steel by region in China during 2011
- Crude steel production by the top 100 companies in 2011
- Share of output of the top 10 producers of crude steel in 2011
About 30 maps and its products together with various geographic information system (GIS) data have been provided by the company.