A worker at the Dongbei Special Steel Group in the coastal city of Dalian, northeast China (photo: dpa)

China targets exports and cleaner air to counter steel demand slowdown

China’s boom years saw huge increases in steel production, particularly for housing, cars and infrastructure projects. The nation’s current economic slowdown has encouraged producers to concentrate on exports, sparking accusations of steel ‘dumping’ and leading to tariffs in some countries, writes GIS guest expert Brendan O’Reilly. Beijing has attempted to use the fall in domestic consumption to its advantage, claiming it will reduce air pollution which is at its worst in steel-producing Hebei province, which surrounds Beijing.

<i>China’s vital steel industry is entering a dangerous phase. Changes in the global marketplace and significant cooling in the Chinese housing sector ...

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China surpassed Japan as the largest steel-producing country in 1996. Its 2014 output of more than 820 million tonnes represented roughly half of total world production
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