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Output totalled 16.8 million tonnes in the period, with November production alone at 1.7 million tonnes.

Late last month, the Mexican steel association, Canacero, said that January-October production was down by 1.6%, at 14.9 million tonnes.

Alacero’s figures also showed finished steel output in Mexico down by 3%, to 14.96 million tonnes, in the first 11 months of 2012.

This included 7 million tonnes of long steel products reached, 7.16 million tonnes of flats, and 795,000 tonnes of seamless tube, Alacero said.