Since the beginning of the industrial age, steel has been an essential raw material. According to the World Steel Association, the global steel industry directly employs more than two million people with an additional two million contactors and four million people in supporting industries.

Here is an infographic that takes a look at some of the more interesting statistics in the world of steel. Some results are astounding and highlight just how steel and its production can affect the economy of an individual country. It also demonstrates the environmentally friendly characteristics of steel which has its own dedicated section.

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Steel: The Backbone of the World Industry