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Weekly Raw Steel Production Steady

Written by Brett Linton

For the week ending February 15, 2014, the American Iron & Steel Institute (AISI) reported that the U.S. steel industry produced 1,845,000 net tons (NT) of raw steel, a 0.3 percent increase over the previous week but a 1.6 percent decrease over the same week one year ago. The estimated capacity utilization rate is 77.0 percent, up from 76.8 percent last week and down from 78.3 percent last year.

Estimated total raw steel produced for 2014 YTD is reported to be 12,019,000 NT, down 0.8 percent from the 12,122,000 NT produced through the same period in 2013. The average capacity utilization rate for 2014 YTD is estimated to be 76.3 percent, down from 77.3 percent for 2013 YTD. Note that there has been a change in production capability for 2014- comparisons between 2013 and 2014 capacity utilization rates are against different production levels, so the total tonnage figures are best suited for yearly comparisons.

Week-over-week changes per district are as follows: North East at 221,000 net tons, up 10,000 tons. Great Lakes at 661,000 NT, up 6,000 tons. Midwest at 244,000 NT, unchanged. South at 630,000 NT, down 9,000 tons. West at 89,000 NT, down 1,000 tons. Total production was 1,845,000 NT, up 6,000 tons.

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