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Weekly Raw Steel Production Continues Below 1.7 Million Tons

Written by Brett Linton

For the week ending April 2, 2016, the American Iron & Steel Institute (AISI) estimated the U.S. steel industry produced 1,650,000 net tons of raw steel, a 1.5 percent decrease over the previous week but a 2.2 percent increase over the same week one year ago. The estimated capacity utilization rate is 70.6 percent, down from 71.6 percent last week but up from 68.3 percent this time last year (note that the capacity utilization rates in 2016 are based on new lower total capabilities with the removal of US Steel Fairfield from the mix.)

Estimated total raw steel produced for 2016 YTD is reported to be 23,180,000 tons, down 3.0 percent from the 23,895,000 tons produced during the same period in 2015. The average capacity utilization rate for 2016 YTD is estimated to be 70.3 percent, down from 71.6 percent for 2015 YTD.

Note that the AISI estimates capability for Q1 2016 to be 30.5 million tons versus 30.4 million tons for the same period last year and 31.4 million tons for the Q4 2015.

Week-over-week changes per district are as follows: Northeast at 203,000 tons, up 4,000 tons. Great Lakes at 681,000 tons, up 11,000 tons. Midwest at 184,000 tons, down 1,000 tons. South at 499,000 tons, down 37,000 tons. West at 83,000 tons, down 2,000 tons. Total production was 1,650,000 tons, down 25,000 tons.

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