Addendum: Steel production

Some shocking steel production figures of 2007:

Wikipedia (easily readable)
International Iron and Steel Institute (source for Wikipedia article; has monthly 2008 data)

Sven Ortmann


  1. China has a lot of factors pushing for it -- slave labor, complicit foreign plutocrats, etc.

    I'll have to look into the numbers further before taking a usefully detailed position, though.

  2. Slave labour is mostly inaccurate. It's just close to the very poor worker's situation of 19th century Europe, the conditions that its ideology wanted to avoid.

    Their weak spots are a lack of indigenous R&D capacity, lack of machine building capacity and lack of domestic non-food raw materials.

  3. Dear Sven, just one comment for the whole blog: great. I'll read ypu on, keep going!

    Paolo S Trieste, Italy