FACTBOX-The world's top iron ore pellet producers

July 13 (Reuters) - China's intensifying fight against pollution has pushed its steel producers to boost use of high-grade iron ore pellets that can be fed straight to blast furnaces, skipping the pollutive sintering process used for most other iron ore types. Below are the world's biggest pellet producers:

(in million tonnes)

Vale 37.9 LKAB 18.8 Ferrexpo 10.5 Rio Tinto 10.3 ArcelorMittal 6.2 Severstal 6.0 Metalloinvest 5.7 Metinvest 4.8 Bahrain Steel 2.8 CMP 2.8 Grange 1.8 Evraz 0.5 U.S. exports 7.9 Other 8 Total pellet export market 124

Source: Ferrexpo 2017 annual report

(Reporting by Manolo Serapio Jr; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)