Continued strength in China’s economy amid a rebound in investment has driven a substantial increase in global steel production, the latest report suggests.

Releasing its yearly data, the World Steel Association (worldsteel) says a 7.9 percent surge in China saw the overall volume of steel produced throughout the world rise 3.5 percent from 1,529 million tonnes (Mt) in calendar 2012 to 1,582 Mt in 2013. Amid its role in manufacturing and construction, demand…