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Weekly Raw Steel Production at Highest Level Since August 2014

Written by Brett Linton

For the week ending January 9, 2015, the American Iron & Steel Institute (AISI) estimated that the U.S. steel industry produced 1,899,000 net tons (NT) of raw steel, a 2.3 percent increase over the previous week and a 4.1 percent increase over the same week one year ago. The estimated capacity utilization rate is 79.0 percent, up from 77.2 percent last week and up from 75.8 percent last year.

This is the highest production level seen since the week ending August 30, 2014 when tonnage production was at 1,913,000 tons. This is the highest capacity utilization figure seen since the week ending August 23, 2014 when the capacity utilization rate was at 80.3 percent.

Estimated total raw steel produced for 2015 YTD is reported to be 2,695,000 tons, up 3.4 percent from the 2,606,000 tons produced during the same period in 2014. The average capacity utilization rate for 2015 YTD is estimated to be 78.4 percent, up from 75.8 percent for 2014 YTD.

Week-over-week changes per district are as follows: Northeast at 228,000 tons, down 2,000 tons. Great Lakes at 671,000 tons, up 11,000 tons. Midwest at 239,000 tons, up 5,000 tons. South at 668,000 tons, up 5,000 tons. West at 93,000 tons, up 23,000 tons. Total production was 1,899,000 tons, up 42,000 tons.

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