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Weekly Raw Steel Production Remains High in August

Written by Brett Linton

For the week ending August 9, 2014, the American Iron & Steel Institute (AISI) reported that the U.S. steel industry produced 1,896,000 net tons (NT) of raw steel, a 0.3 percent decrease over the previous week but a 2.0 percent increase over the same week one year ago. The estimated capacity utilization rate is 78.8 percent, down from 79.0 percent last week but up from 77.6 percent last year.

Estimated total raw steel produced for 2014 YTD is reported to be 58,344,000 tons, up 0.4 percent from the 58,101,000 tons produced during the same period in 2013. The average capacity utilization rate for 2014 YTD is estimated to be 76.9 percent, unchanged from 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 239,000 tons, down 1,000 tons. Great Lakes at 675,000 tons, down 18,000 tons. Midwest at 242,000 tons, up 2,000 tons. South at 660,000 tons, up 20,000 tons. West at 80,000 tons, down 8,000 tons. Total production was 1,896,000 tons, down 5,000 tons.

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