The European Steel in Figures guide is the European Steel Association’s (EUROFER) annual statistical publication, which is created and issued free of charge. Now in its 15th edition, this publication gives an overview of the key statistical trends in the sector.
The European steel industry is a world leader in innovation and environmental sustainability. It has a turnover of around €130 billion and directly employs about 306,000 highly-skilled people in the EU, producing on average 152 million tons of steel per year. More than 500 steel production sites across 22 EU Member States provide direct and indirect employment to millions more European citizens. Closely integrated with Europe’s manufacturing and construction industries, steel is the backbone for development, growth and employment in Europe. Steel is the most versatile industrial material in the world. The thousands of different grades and types of steel developed by the industry make the modern world possible. Steel is 100% recyclable and therefore is a fundamental part of the circular economy. As a basic engineering material, steel is also an essential factor in the development and deployment of innovative, CO2-mitigating technologies, improving resource efficiency and fostering sustainable development in Europe.