In this paper, the segmentation of the EU countries in terms of the production of crude steel conditioned by economic parameters was conducted. The study period concerned the years 2005-2014. 5 groups were distinguished, in which similar correlations between parameters occurred. Particular countries were affected differently by the economic crisis effects. The conducted segmentation of the countries for 2009-2011 allowed for a statement that major changes in the metallurgical production occurred in this period. The situation in the construction and industry was of particular importance; however, the strength of impact was varied. Generally, in countries affected by crisis in construction industry, crude steel production fell. As a result of the segmentation for 2005-2014, one group included countries with different levels of economic development. The most important factor was not the level of economic development, but its change. As a consequence, one group included countries with a stable economic situation, and another one countries affected by the economic crisis. There were also intermediate groups. For the segmentation for 2009-2011, regularities were even more visible.Keywords: steel industry, macroeconomic indicators, steel production, Ward method
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