Hebei, Jiangsu, Shandong, Liaoning and Shanxi, top five Chinese pig iron producing provinces, churned out 46.35 million tonnes of the material in June, accounting for 60.5% of China's total, showed data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
China's pig iron output stood at 76.64 million tonnes last month, up 4.1% from a year ago, but down 0.9% month on month. Daily output climbed 2.4% from a month earlier to 2.56 million tonnes, data showed.
Hebei, known as China's top steel-making province, produced 20.19 million tonnes of pig iron in June, slightly falling by 1.24% from May. The production accounted for 26% of the country's total, and was still more than double the output of Jiangsu, the second biggest producer last month.
The eastern province of Jiangsu churned out 8.65 million tonnes of pig iron in June, inching up 0.78% from the preceding month, and was the only province among the top five to produce more pig iron in June than in the preceding month.
Shandong province, also in eastern China, ranked third, with output of 6.14 million tonnes, falling 5.66% from a month ago. Followed were Liaoning and Shanxi, with output down 0.79% and 2.76% month on month to 6.08 million and 5.28 million tonnes.
Jilin province in northeastern China saw biggest month-on-month growth of 23.82% in June, with production of 1.22 million tonnes, data showed.
During the first half of the year, the five major provinces' pig iron output stood at 165.34 million tonnes, 61.3% of the country's total. Hebei still led the country, contributing 26.6% of China's total during the first six months.
China's total pig iron output amounted to 432.68 million tonnes over January-June, rising 2.2% year on year.
(Writing by Emma Yang Editing by Jessie Jia)
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