Steel is an alloy of iron and other elements, mainly carbon. Steel is one of the world’s most important materials used in construction, cars and all sorts of machines and appliances. By far the biggest producer of crude steel is China, followed by European Union, Japan, United States, India, Russia and South Korea. The biggest producers of iron ore are: China, Australia, Brazil, India, Russia, Ukraine and South Africa. The standard contact weights 65 tonnes. Steel - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on December of 2019.