The production of raw steel totalled 8.026 tonnes last year, of which 1.241 tonnes rust free steel (-5 percent).
Turnover increased with 7 percent to 8.85 billion euros. Export figures also climbed with 5 percent to 6.3 billion euros. However, despite the positive statistics, employment figures went down 1 percent. The steel sector employed 14,197 people in May last year.
Geert Van Poelvoorde, Chairman of Steel Industry Union, points to the fact that 2011 was a year with ups and downs for the steel sector in Belgium and the EU: a promising first six months followed by difficult months in a gloomy European context.