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Global steel production capacity exceeds orders taken, WSJ reports

Global steel mills have the capacity to produce 1.8B tons of steel annually, but will only take orders for 1.5B tons of steel this year, and it is expected that by 2016 an additional 100 new mills with a total production capacity of 350M tons will be operable, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The report notes that the world's five biggest steel companies control just 18.2% of the world's supply, compared to 50.6% in the auto industry, and that government-backing of many steel mills has made consolidation difficult for steel majors.